HJK VS HONKA PREVIEW & PREDICTION
HJK Helsinki and Honka Espoo meet at Sonera Stadium, in a match for the 11th round of the Veikkausliiga. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 6 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 02-04-2018, in a match for the Suomen Cup that ended with the victory of HJK Helsinki by (2-1). The goals of the match were scored by Riku Riski (35 ‘) and N. Alho (74’), for HJK Helsinki, and Y. Rahimi (90 ‘), for Honka Espoo. Despite being a match between 1st and 7th of the table, it is actually a match between the 7th ranked in home games and the 7th as a visitor.
After 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, the home team is currently in the 1 st position, with 22 points won. In the last match, they have won in an away match against Inter Turku by (3-0), after in the previous match they have won (0-1) an away match against TPS Turku. This is a team that usually gets more positive results in away matches than at home, since they have won 16 points in away matches and 7 at their stadium, with 7 goals scored and 2 conceded in away matches, against 8 goals scored and 5 conceded at home. For the league, HJK Helsinki won 6 points out of 12 possible points, after 2 wins and 2 losses in the last 4 home matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In the last 13 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 4 of their 10 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The HJK Helsinki comes to this game motivated, the result of the victory at home against Inter Turku, 3-0, totaling in this way the third successive win in this Finnish championship. Without great surprises, the locals occupy the top of the leaderboard, with 22 points won in 10 games played. In this game against Honka it is expected that coach Mika Lehkosuo plays in the usual 4-2-3-1, privileging possession of the ball and counterattacks, mainly through the flanks: Valencic is the most creative of this formation. On the other hand, the Brazilian Klauss is the best score of the team, with 6 goals scored. Pelvas will be out of injury.
After 2 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss, the away team is currently in the 7 th position, with 12 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against PS Kemi, by (2-1). In the last match, they tied in a away match against TPS Turku, by (0-0). This is a team little affected by the house factor, since it conquered similar results at home and abroad. For the league, Honka Espoo won 6 points out of 15 possible points, after 1 win, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 5 away matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 9 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In 9 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 4 times, but got the comeback in 2.
The Honka has made a very interesting start to the season, as it only has 1 defeat in the 9 matches played in this Finnish championship. We remember that the visitors added a tie against the TPS in the last match in this competition. In this game in the leader’s domain, coach Vesa Vasara must act in his usual tactical system, however, privileging defensive organization and counterattacks. It should be noted that Borjas Martín is the best finalist of the visiting team, with 3 goals scored. For this game the coach can count on all the players at his disposal.
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / YES @ 1.68