HIFK Helsinki vs HJK Helsinki Preview 30/06/2021
The 2021 Finland Veikkausliiga season continues this week and on the 13th of June we have a meeting between HIFK Helsinki and HJK Helsinki at the Telia 5G Areena.
This is essentially a home match for both teams who play their league games at the same stadium.
— HJK Helsinki (@hjkhelsinki) June 25, 2021
The hosts for this fixture, HIFK Helsinki, begin the week in 4th place on 15 points while the visiting team, HJK Helsinki, are top of the table with 28 points to their name.
HIFK Helsinki come into the game having picked up a point in a 0-0 draw at Lahti last time out. That result means they are undefeated in their last 3 league matches having defeated KTP 2-0 away and Honka 1-0 at home. Those two victories account for 50% of HIFK Helsinki’s league victories this season.
HIFK Helsinki have been difficult to beat in recent matches and they have lost only one of their 8 Veikkausliiga fixtures this season.
However, they have being inconsistent when playing at home and have won 2 of their 4 home games this season, with a draw against Ilves and a defeat at the hands of Inter Turku.
Trends show HIFK Helsinki have succeeded in keeping a clean sheet in their most recent 3 Veikkausliiga games and have seen under 2.5 goals scored in those 3 matches.
HJK Helsinki come into this derby match full of confidence having recorded a 2-0 win over KTP at home last time out. That result was the 8th successive victory in the league for HJK Helsinki and they have started the season in tremendous form.
You must go back to the opening fixture of the season to find the only time HJK Helsinki have dropped points and that was in a 0-0 draw at KuPS.
HJK Helsinki have won each of their last 4 away league games and they are undefeated in their last 12 matches on the road, including games from last season.
Interestingly, the last time they tasted defeat in an away fixture was against HIFK Helsinki.
Trends show HJK Helsinki are undefeated in their last 18 league games and in the last 18 consecutive Veikkausliiga matches, they have seen no losses at half time.
HJK Helsinki have scored 2 or more goals in 3 of their last 4 away games and have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 6 matches on the road.
Looking ahead to the team news and HIFK Helsinki could be without Markus Uusitalo and Sakari Tukiainen. Pipe Sáez is an attacking threat from the back.
HJK Helsinki could have a fully fit squad available for this game, with Roope Riski starting up-front and Filip Valenčič providing an attacking threat from midfield.
HIFK Helsinki were the last team to defeat HJK Helsinki in the Veikkausliiga but are up against it this time. HJK Helsinki have been in tremendous form and will be determined to maintain their unbeaten record.
We expect to see an away victory, with HJK Helsinki keeping a clean sheet.
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