Inter Turku vs HJK
Date: Sunday, 2nd, 1st July 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Veritas Stadion (Turku).
Inter Turku were blown to shreds when they visited Mariehamn for the Finnish Veikkausliiga fixture on the midweek. They lost 5-0, which is their biggest league defeat since losing to KTP 4-1 in 2008.
Anyway, Turku has been on an inconsistent run all throughout this season. They did pick up some excellent results in May. But it has all come to an end and they are without a win in the last three with 2 losses and a draw. Also, the home form is quite poor as they haven’t won in 5 games since the 6-2 trouncing of Rovaniemi on matchday one.
It seems like HJK Helsinki are bound to run away with the Veikkausliiga title this season. They pulled 8 points clear off the second placed VPS last weekend with a 2- 0 home win against Mariehamn. They also boast of an excellent win ratio in the league with 10 wins coming out of their 15 matches so far. Also, they were beaten just once this season.
HJK are unbeaten in their last 9 matches and are coming to this match on the back of a five match winning streak. They also kept 8 clean sheets in the emphatic run of form.
Inter Turku vs HJK: Head-to-head
It finished in a 1-1 draw when the teams met for the first leg clash earlier in April.
Inter Turku are one of the teams with a good record against HJK in recent seasons with a record of 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 7 games.
Last season, Turku remained undefeated in the two home fixtures against HJK with a 3-2 win and 0-0 draw.
Inter Turku vs HJK: Prediction
HJK are in an excellent run of form, but their poor head-to-head record against Inter Turku put this match in an uncertain territory. Despite being in some poor form, one must pay attention to Turku’s home results. They held teams to draw in 9 of their 14 matches at the Veritas Stadion, losing just thrice.
This could be another day that Turku make the defending champions sweat hard for three points. Also, HJK are coming after a 1-0 loss in their Europa League qualification match on the midweek. They have a must win situation in the reverse leg next Thursday. Therefore, changes are expected in the starting eleven, which once again make us think HJK are not a clear favourite to win this particular fixture at Turku.
Inter Turku vs HJK: Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals for 1.75 odds with Bet365 is our primary tip for this match. The teams are expected to adopt a safety first approach. Also, the weight has to be given for HJK’s excellent defensive prowess this season (8 clean sheets from last 9).