HJK Helsinki vs SJK Seinajoki
Date: Wednesday, 31st May 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Telia 5G -areena, Helsinki.
Last year’s runner up HJK Helsinki is the most consistent team in Finnish League this season and they rightfully stay at the top of the table with 2 point cushion over second and third placed KuPS and VPS.
Their mini success is built on the platform of a strong defense that has conceded just 5 goals so far this season. Overall, they picked up 5 wins and 4 draws from the 10 matches for, while the lone defeat coming against VPS in the away game.
However, HJK are coming on back-to-back goal less draws. Among the positives, they kept clean sheets in four consecutive matches. At home, they have a record of 3 wins and a draw from four matches and there are three clean sheets among them.
SJK is arguably one of the most successful clubs in Finland in the past five seasons. They won the tittle thrice and were runners-up twice. But a third placed finish last season saw the sacking of head-coach Simo Valakari. His replacement Sixten Bostrom hasn’t had the best of the starts as one must expect as the team is placed fifth in the league, trailing the leaders by 6 points.
Away from home, SJK lost 2 of their 4 games so far, while points were picked via a win and a draw. On the other hand, the team from Seinajoki can pose plenty of threat to opposition defenses. But this hasn’t worked well in road games so far. They scored just 5 goals in 4 games, while netting 10 from 5 home games this season.
HJK vs SJK Seinajoki: Head-to-head
HJK are one of the sides that troubled SJK on a consistent basis. They won in 4 of the last 6 duels, with 1 draw and a defeat.
At home, HJK won in 4 and drew 1 to maintain a five match unbeaten streak against SJK.
HJK vs SJK Seinajoki: Prediction
The form and momentum is with HJK and they are a team that can be trusted after having an excellent defensive record this season. SJK might take a while to get into the rhythm under the new manager. So the value is in backing a home win here.