Europa League qualifiers are bringing us another Scandinavian derby between Goteborg and HJK Helsinki. We all know how big the football rivalry between these two countries is. We had the opportunity to watch UEFA Champions League duel between Norrkoping and Rosenborg, which left us all stunned. Both Goteborg and HJK Helsinki will be entering this duel in amazing form, so we should definitely see some great games. The first one is scheduled for Thursday in Sweden, where Goteborg will try to secure some advantage before the second leg duel in cold Finland.
IFK Goteborg are on great series of 10 straight matches without a loss. This led them to great 3rd position in Allsvenskan league and 3rd round of Europa League qualifiers. Their previous opponents were Piast Gliwice, a very solid squad from Poland. Score on aggregate was 3 – 0 for The Swedish Lions. At the moment, odds for home victory are 4/9, which is a bit lower than we were expecting. HJK Helsinki have suffered only one loss in last 11 competitive matches, so they have definitely deserved a bit more respect from the bookies. At the moment, they are 2nd on Veikkausliiga table, one point behind Mariehamn.
Even though they are neighboring countries, Goteborg and HJK Helsinki have never met before, not even in a friendly duel. A majority of games for these two teams end with a lot of goals. A percentage of matches where Goteborg or HJK have failed to score is very low, so we feel that Both teams to score is definitely the best betting option for this duel. This type of bet is currently offered at 4/5 rate.
1. The home team IFK Goteborg got 4 wins 2 draws and 0 losses in the last 6 games. Scored 42 goals and conceded 24 goals in the last 20 games, average getting 2.10 goals per game.
2. The away team HJK Helsinki got 3 wins 1 draws and 2 losses in the last 6 games. Scored 36 goals and conceded 18 goals in the last 20 games, average getting 1.80 goals per game.
3. IFK Goteborg got 5 wins in the last 8 home games, HJK Helsinki got 3 wins in the last 9 away games.
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