HJK vs Riga
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 18 August 2019
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
HJK didn’t just score last week in Latvia, they even went very close to beating Riga. That goal they conceded in the 81st minute didn’t really… spoil their mood, as they remained in control, thanks to their away goal. They finished the game on just six attempts, two of those on target, small numbers, explained partly by the fact that they took the lead super early, in the 7th minute, and after that they focused mostly on their defence. They had two corners won to show for Riga’s eight, which gives you an idea how the game went after HJK’s opener in the first 10 minutes. Earlier this summer, as hosts, they beat HB Torshavn 3-0, and Red Star Belgrade(!) 2-1 (they still got eliminated, because of their defeat in the first leg, in Serbia). Last weekend they beat Lahti 4-0 at home.
Riga finished the game last week on 13 attempts, more than double those of HJK, but just two on target. Kamil Bilinski’s goal in the 81st minute saved them from defeat, but they are still with their back against the wall, obliged to score in Finland. On Sunday they beat Rigas FS 1-2 as guests, but abroad, things have proven much more difficult; they drew 0-0 at Dundalk in the Champions League qualifiers earlier this summer, and lost 3-2 at Piast Gliwice, in the Europa League second qualifying round. That was actually their only defeat in their last 10 official matches, Champions League qualifiers, Europa League qualifiers, Latvia championship and Cup combined.
Previous five matches:
HJK vs Lahti 4-0
Riga vs HJK 1-1
HJK Helsinki vs Red Star Belgrade 2-1
HJK Helsinki vs VPS 1-1
Red Star Belgrade vs HJK Helsinki 2-0
Rigas FS vs Riga 1-2
Riga vs HJK 1-1
Riga vs Piast Gliwice 2-1
Piast Gliwice vs Riga 3-2
Riga vs Daugavpils / Progress 4-0
HJK’s next game is at KPV, on Sunday (Finland championship). Same day, Riga will be hosting Liepaja (Latvia championship).
HJK vs Riga: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
HJK vs Riga: Prediction
“Under 2.5 goals” was the main tip here last week, and I’m going with the same in this game. Riga need to score, but I don’t expect them to take major risks before the last 20-25 minutes of the match.
HJK vs Riga: Betting Tips
“Under 2.5 goals” is at 1.75. Combined with HJK’s double chance it pays 2.15.