HJK vs Mariehamn
Finland – Veikkausliiga
Date: Thursday, 13 September 2018
Kick-Off at 16:30 UK / 17:30 CET
Venue: Telia 5G -areena, Helsinki.
Mariehamn won their maiden Veikkausliiga title two years ago, but they are threatened to suffer a drop top the second division football at the end of the 2018 campaign.
Gronvitt sit just one point above the red zone with seven games left to play and they can hardly be optimistic ahead of Thursday’s trip to the capital where they are yet to take on the defending champions and runaway leaders HJK at Telia 5G –areena.
The hosts were just the dominant force in Finland in last two years. They took the silverware with a 20-point cushion on the second-placed KuPS last time out and they are seven points clear at the top after 26 rounds of the new campaign in spite of making a rather underwhelming start earlier on.
HJK vs Mariehamn: Head-to-head
HJK completely dominated this match-up over the course of history.
Klubi won 5 and drew 1 of last 6 meetings with Mariehamn who only managed to pick up 4 wins in 47 encounters against HJK.
Mariehamn scored just one goal in last seven games against Klubi.
HJK won 22 and drew 5 of 27 home games with Gronvitt.
HJK vs Mariehamn: Prediction
Mika Lehkosuo has reasons to be thrilled with his troops’ form of late. The hosts did not concede a single goal in last three league ties and they won last two against KuPS and Inter Turku. The team reacted very well after a horrific set of displays in Europa League qualifications against Slovenian Olimpija.
All eyes will be on Clauss who notched a goal in each of the mentioned wins in last two rounds. The Brazilian forward has 16 to his name so far in the season and the clash against the struggling Mariehamn will certainly be a nice chance for him to add more to this tally.
The visitirs will come into this off the back of a horrendous 3-6 defeat to Ilves on Sunday. The only question is how many goals will end up in their net here. We bet the number will be greater than two.
HJK vs Mariehamn: Bet Tips
Half-time/Full-time – HJK/HJK @ 3/4 (1.75)
HJK -2.5 handicap @ 13/7 (2.85).