HJK vs SJK
Finland – Veikkausliiga
Date: 29th May 2018, Tuesday.
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Telia 5G-Areena (Helsinki).
HJK are back to their very best after a hard fought 3-2 win against the newly promoted FC Honka last week. Mika Lehkosuo’s team has now won four league games on the bounce and moved 4 points clear at the top of the table.
It was a slow start to the campaign by HJK by all means and they lost back-to-back home games at the end of April this year. Complacency could have been the reason for this and things look settled at this time after bagging wins against Inter and Honka hitting 3 goals a-piece.
On Tuesday, HJK welcomes a struggling SJK for their third consecutive league game at home turf and they can certainly eye another three points here.
SJK on the other hand are struggling once again, similar to what happened at the start of last season. A late surge helped them to finish 6th back then, however one cannot bank of similar trend this season. One of the reason for this is their poor showing at home ground. They played 6 of their 9 games so far at home and managed to win just once, drew 1 and lost 4. And this is why they are third from bottom in the league standings. SJK are coming on the back of a 5 match win-less run and confidence will be low while taking of a team of HJK’s stature.
HJK vs SJK Head-to-head
HJK made it 5 wins on the trot in all competitions against SJK with a 1-0 away win in the league meeting this season on April. All those 5 victories happened without conceding a single goal.
Their last 13 head-to-head meetings in Veikkausliiga saw 10 HJK wins, 1 draw and 2 SJK wins.
At home, HJK are unbeaten in that period with 5 wins and 1 draw, keeping 4 clean sheets.
HJK vs SJK Predictions
The defending Finnish champions had a slow start to the campaign, but they are looking solid as ever. Meantime, things are going nowhere for SJK and this club who were consistent in over a decade is now on the decline. The full-time result can’t go anywhere than a home win and the 1.40 odd offered by bet365 is nothing but a banker.
HJK vs SJK Betting Tips
HJK to win @ 1.40.
Brave punters can back HJK to win on a -1.5 Asian Handicap for 2.10 odd.