HJK Helsinki will try to catch up the minus from the first game against Connah’s Quay. That was definitely something that they didn’t plan, but at this point, it is sometimes normal to see such a results in the Europa League qualifications. HJK destroyed the opponents in the previous meeting, but unfortunately, there was no goal. Meanwhile, this will be a huge chance for the Welsh team to advance to the second stage of the qualifications. It would be a great success for them since this is their second appearance in Europe. To achieve such a thing their game must be better.
HJK Helsinki Preview
The Finnish team had 5 straight victories before they lost the game in Wales. And in those 5 victories, 4 came without a single goal allowed. The loss against Connah’s Quay is the single one in the previous 10 games. Apart from that, they have 6 victories and 3 draws. 8 of the past 10 fixtures ended with both teams not to score, and this is the main characteristics of the Finnish team. The biggest advantage of the hosts is the fact that the Finland Championship, Veikkausliiga, is currently underway. This means that they are in much better position regarding the current form than the Connah’s Quay.
Connah’s Quay Preview
After a friendly match against St Johnstone in which they lost, Connah’s Quay surprisingly defeated the Finnish representative in Europa League. It was something unexpected, and they are heading to Helsinki now with a one goal advantage. In the first leg, the hosts didn’t have many chances, and they were subordinated regarding the ball possession. On the other hand, the Nomads were more focused in the attack. The biggest problem for the Welsh team is the fact that they played only two games in 2 months. The first leg of this matchup was the only competitive match during that time.
Head to head matches
HJK Helsinki and Connor Quay never met before this Europa qualification draw. Neither in the friendly or competitive encounters.
HJK Helsinki vs Connah’s Quay Prediction
There is no doubt the hosts are the massive favourites in Thursday’s fixture. The game in Wales cannot be repeated, and we have to say they had 27 shots on goal and 63% of the ball position throughout the match and yet they didn’t win. Therefore the best suggestion is to play HJK Helsinki wins with handicap -1.5.
Also, it might be very profitable to play Over 1.5 goals in the first half. In our opinion, the hosts will try to settle this match as soon as possible, and that icould be our chance. Expect an early pressure and a quick goal. HJK has a quality for such an outcome, so don’t doubt about that.