Two of the top three in the Veikkausliiga meet on Wednesday night, with the leaders looking to maintain their dominant position at the summit of the table. HJK have an eight point lead at the top of the table, while they sit 11 points clear of third placed KuPS. Can they extend that lead this week, in this trip to KuPS? They visit Kuopio aiming to continue an impressive record on their travels, and they will hope to move even closer to retaining their title if they can secure a victory.
The hosts are battling for European football, and they have a fight on their hands. They’re two points ahead of Lahti ahead of the midweek fixtures, and the fourth placed side have two games in hand. This could be a chance to make their top three place a little safer, or else KuPS are going to struggle to get a place in Europe. However, they head in to this game on the back of a defeat, following their 2-1 loss at Honka on Saturday. Can they bounce back from that defeat by claiming three points in their return to their own ground?
While KuPS do have a solid home record – with three wins and two draws from their last seven – that’s only good enough for six place in the home form table. Meanwhile, HJK lead the way in terms of home and away results, which has put them clear at the top. They’ve averaged 2.5 points per game on their travels, thanks to six wins and two draws from their eight on the road.
The visitors are strong on their travels due to their fantastic away record. They’ve secured results thanks to some impressive defending, which has seen them concede just 0.38 goals per game on their travels. They’ve kept a clean sheet in 62% of their away games, and in over half of their league games overall. The Helsinki outfit should be able to pull off another strong result on their travels, as long as they repeat that defensive form.
KuPS are yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season, and we’re backing HJK to continue that. With the visitors impressing away from home at the back, we think the champions will win 2-0 in this clash. That’s our correct score prediction, given that the visitors have won five of six head to head meetings, and back to back visits here. We’re going for HJK to win as our main tip, which seems like good value after KuPS winning one of their last four matches.
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Four of the last five meetings between these sides have seen HJK score exactly two goals.
Egypt’s Abdallah Said has been called up to the national team, so he misses out this week.
Akseli Pelvas is missing in attack for the champions, he isn’t likely to feature again this term.