SJK lost out yet again at the weekend, pushing them further towards the relegation zone. Their 1-0 defeat at struggling PS Kemi showed just how deep their problems are right now, so they’ll be itching to put things right in Wednesday’s visit to Honka. Will the visitors rediscover their form and move away from danger with three points in this trip, or will it be the same old story for the side who are woeful on their travels?
SJK have struggled of late, but Honka are going from strength to strength. They head in to Wednesday’s clash with just one defeat in their last 10 matches, and that came at champions HJK. Other than that loss at the league leaders, Honka have been in every game, and that will be expected to continue after their midweek commitment. They sit four places clear of SJK ahead of this one, and the seven point gap between them is likely to grow come the end of this one.
Fresh from losing to one of the worst sides in the league, they face a really difficult test. Honka haven’t lost at home this term, and they should keep that record up on Wednesday. Third place KuPS came here at the weekend and lost 2-1, which marked a third straight home win for Honka. The hosts have averaged 1.83 goals per game at home this season, having hit eight across their last three here. They have grown in to the season at home, and now they look really impressive in front of their own fans.
Their recent spike in home results means that Honka have claimed 63% of their points at home this season, despite playing on the road more often. They’ve racked up 61% of their goals at their own ground, while 60% of the goals they’ve conceded have come on the road. That run must give them confidence ahead of this fixture, and we expect the hosts to follow up with another home success.
SJK come in to this game with the second worst away record in the league, having lost half of their trips so far. They’ve tasted defeat in three of their last four on their travels, having lost over half of their league games this term. They’ve scored just four times in six trips, and we can’t see them making a huge impact on this one. We’re going with Honka to win the game and claim three points, while we’re tipping to hosts to secure a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.
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This is the first league meeting between these two sides at this ground since 2014, with that clash finishing 1-1.
The hosts are without Masar Ömer ahead of this clash.
SJK make this trip without midfielder Obed Malolo, but otherwise they’re at full strength.