Thursday, 28 July 2016

IFK Göteborg vs HJK Helsinki UEFA Europa League Qualifiers Match Preview And Prediction - July 29, 2016


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As with other leagues around Europe, the Swedish Allsvenskan is half way through it’s current campaign. Goteborg are 3rd at the moment, 4 points behind leaders Malmo FF.

The same situation occurs in Finland – their current Veikkausliiga league is also around half way through. They are sitting pretty in 1st place. However, 2nd place Mariehamn are level on points but have a game in hand.

With very little transfer activity before the new season started, IFK Goteborg had only signed 1 player and let 2 players leave. The signing they made will join the squad in January 2017. The 2 who left were Mauricio Albornoz for Atvidabergs FF and Hjortur Hermannsson who departed for Holland with PSV’s reserves. No transfers of late for HJK are known. Currently the only outgoing will be in December 2016, when Nnamdi Oduamadi who will leave for AC Milan of Italy.

So far, both teams have had a good season. Both sides will be match fit for this tie due to being mid-way through their campaigns. Goteborg have had a very good run of late. Played 12, won 8, drawn 3 and lost 1. They have had an impressive Europa League stint this season too. Played 4, won 3 & drawn 1 since the 1st round of qualifiers.

In terms of form, HJK have had a good run in to this game. They have played 12, won 7, drawn 3 and lost 2. They are undefeated in Europa League, scraping the barrel in both the 1st and 2nd round of qualifiers – winning 1 and drawing 1 in each round. HJK will be looking for more from their players in this round, with a 1st leg away in Sweden versus a side who have only lost 2 games of 15 at home all season.

Tobias Hysen leads the table for the amount of goals in the league for IFK Goteborg. The 34 year old striker has found the net 6 times so far. 2nd striker Mikael Boman is next with 5 goals and others in the side grabbing 4 each. Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos for HJK is the leading scorer at the club. He has scored 7 goals in 17 appearances this season.

IFK Goteborg have scored on average 2.50 goals in their 4 Europa League games, conceding 0.25. HJK score 1.25 goals on average in their 4 games, conceding 0.5 goals a game.

Our prediction for this game is a Goteborg win. A scoreline of Goteborg to win 2-0 is our betting tip at 11/2 with bet365. We also predict an IFK Goteborg -1 Asian Handicap at 1.825 odds, also with bet365.

No previous meetings between these two clubs in recent times.

IFK Goteborg have scored on average 2.50 goals in their 4 Europa League games, conceding 0.25. HJK score 1.25 goals on average in their 4 games, conceding 0.5 goals a game. IFK only lost 2 games of 15 at home all season.

26 year old Made Albaek will not feature in this game through injury.

HJK are all at full fitness coming into the trip to Goteborg.

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