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HJK vs PS Kemi - Match Preview

02 Jul 2018 Ed Mackey FINLAND: Veikkausliiga
FINLAND: Veikkausliiga

HJK Helsinki

  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L

vs

Kick-off
15:30 GMT
04 July 2018

PS Kemi Kings

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

Kick-off
15:30 GMT 04 July 2018

With a few-day break between knockout football at the World Cup in Russia, normal service resumes in domestic leagues around the globe. The Premier League in Finland is one of those that is currently active and the league leaders play on Wednesday against bottom of the table PS Kemi.

STATS

  • HJK have started their defence of the Veikkausliiga title in the perfect way so far, winning 12 of their opening 18 matches and currently sitting top of the table. They’ve dropped points in just six league games and three of those games have come within their last five. That includes their 2-1 loss away at FC Lahti on Monday night.
  • PS Kemi have struggled since their dramatic escape from relegation last season and are marooned at the bottom of the table at this stage of the campaign. They’ve won just three of their 16 league fixtures and picked up just three points in the last five games. They were beaten 1-0 in their last game by sixth-placed VPS.
  • João Klauss De Mello has had a fantastic campaign so far for HJK and with 13 goals, the 21-year-old is leading the race for the golden boot and starting to turn heads across Europe.
  • PS Kemi haven’t had the benefit of creative players this term but Eduar Zea has four goals, over a quarter of their total league goals.

HEAD TO HEAD

PS Kemi will struggle to take any confidence from the recent meetings with HJK as they have lost each of their last six fixtures with the Finnish giants. HJK won 2-1 earlier in the season when they last met away from home while their last home match against PS Kemi ended 4-0. The minnows have scored just twice in those six games and there have been over 2.5 goals in all three of the last three.

HJK NEWS

HJK are currently seven points ahead at the top of the Veikkausliiga but RoPS in second have a game-in-hand. The league leaders can extend their lead to 10 points on Wednesday which would put them in a commanding position.

Latest matches: HJK Helsinki

29.06.2018 Veik FC Lahti HJK Helsinki 2:1 L
25.06.2018 Veik HJK Helsinki Vaasa PS 5:0 W
20.06.2018 Veik Kuopio PS HJK Helsinki 2:2 D
16.06.2018 Veik FC Ilves HJK Helsinki 0:0 D
12.06.2018 Veik HJK Helsinki IFK Mariehamn 2:0 W

PS KEMI NEWS

A very unlikely win for the visitors could take them out of the relegation zone while a loss may see them cut further adrift at the bottom. Even a draw would be a monumental result for them.

Latest matches: PS Kemi Kings

30.06.2018 Veik PS Kemi Kings Vaasa PS 0:1 L
25.06.2018 Veik IFK Mariehamn PS Kemi Kings 2:1 L
21.06.2018 Veik PS Kemi Kings Rovaniemi Palloseura 0:1 L
16.06.2018 Veik PS Kemi Kings Seinajoen JK 1:0 W
12.06.2018 Veik FC Inter Turku PS Kemi Kings 1:0 L

SUMMARY

It has to be said that HJK go into this match as huge favourites with their comfortable lead at the top of the table and in front of their home fans. It’ll be unbelievably hard for PS Kemi to get any points from this match and there is little hope for them in this one. It could be a goal fest without any contribution from the underdogs.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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