SJK exited early from Europa league qualifiers and that can be actually a positive thing for them, as the team now solely can focus on duties in domestic competitions. They were twice defeated by Hafnarjordur, team from Iceland, that actually wasn’t a better opponent in these two, but somehow were more effective and concrete.
Anyhow, turning now their face to league only, SJK comes from a 1:0 home victory over KTP last weekend, three pointer that pushed them back to third position – seven points behind leaders from Helsinki and six points less than second placed Rovaniemi. It was their first victory after three straight 1:0 defeats (including Europa League matches), but the game itself had a positive development for them very early, as the guests were playing with a man less since 34th minute. However, they went deep into the second halftime with a goalless result, just to see Lidman bringing them the desired goal in 88th minute. Striker Ariel Ngueukam (15/3) returns after serving suspension, while the hosts have no fresh injury or suspension problems.
HIFK, on the other side, is still hanging well in the league, being in the middle of the table with four victories, eight draws and four defeats so far. They are currently at sixth position, however with only five points more in comparison to relegating placed KTP. Most recently, team surprised everyone by taking a point away to Helsinki last weekend.
Helsinki was preparing for the start of Champions League qualifiers and probably were a little bit with their heads in a game against Ventspils, but still it doesn’t mean that the success was given just like that to the players from HIFK. Their hosts took the lead in 49th minute via Tanaka, but the guests never gave up and equalized via Vesala in 86th minute. Left full back Otto-Pekka Jurvainen (9/1) and midfielder Ville Taulo (7/0) both won’t perform here due injuries, as they both missed previous games too, so aren’t considered to be important factor at the moment.
I expect plenty of goals here. SJK got rid of European games and now solely focuses on league, aiming three points here. However, they are awaiting HIFK team that is always dangerous when having nothing to lose. They surely won’t defend only here and I believe chances for over are well over 50% for this game.
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