A busy schedule for HJK Helsinki sees them have barely any time to catch their breath before they step straight back into action in a top of the table clash with second placed RoPS. The visitors make the trip for what will be their fifth game in two weeks.
Although HJK have look like they are starting to hit their stride in their defence of their Veikkausliiga title, they are surely going to be worried about the affects of fatigue on the squad.
Although we still fancy them to produce the goods in front of goal, we think that the tiredness will play it’s part in defence and could lead to plenty of opportunities for the hosts to profit. With this in mind, we think that backing both teams to hit the back of the net is the way to go in this fixture.
It’s not as if the hosts were going to be particularly easy opposition even if HJK were at their freshest either, as they have been in excellent shape in the early stages of the season and currently find themselves in second in the Veikkausliiga.
However, much of that success was in the very early stages of the campaign as they started the season with an excellent five wins in succession. Since then it has been a different story as their form has dipped and they come into this match having only won one of their previous six outings.
The story does not end there though, as even though they had to settle for a point against Inter Turku at the weekend, they did so after a thrilling 3-3 draw and they showed plenty of skill in the final third of the pitch.
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HJK have an excellent win in the head to head between these two sides with a record of 35 wins, 11 draws and 11 defeats. The sides last met in a 3-2 RoPS win back in October.