HJK vs Gnistan prediction and betting tips - May 22, 2024
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HJK vs Gnistan prediction and betting tips - May 22, 2024

Tournament: Veikkausliiga
Location: Bolt Arena
Match date: 22.05.2024

On May 22, 2024, in the 8th round of the Veikkausliiga in Finland, HJK will face Gnistan. The hosts haven't had as strong a start as expected, while the newly promoted team has already secured a significant number of points.

Key statistics and trends:

  • HJK went unbeaten in six matches before their setback against VPS.
  • Gnistan, including cup matches, have not won in their last six encounters.
  • HJK has scored 23% of their goals between the 31st and 45th minutes, while Gnistan has scored 27% during the same period.

HJK - Form Analysis: Trying to Gain Momentum

"Klubi" has dominated Finnish football in recent years, securing their fourth consecutive championship in 2023 (and 33rd overall). This time, the favorites began with a loss to KuPS. Additionally, they had three consecutive draws at the end of April and early May. In the last round, they lost 1-2 to VPS, the league leaders, only managing to score in the 90+ minute.

Gnistan - Form Analysis: The Newcomer Looks Promising

"Kipinä" is playing in the Veikkausliiga for the first time. They finished second in Ykkönen and were promoted to the top division due to Honka's bankruptcy, regardless of the playoff results. They debuted with victories over Inter Turku and Ilves. However, after three consecutive league defeats and a 0-3 loss in the cup to VPS, they managed to draw with Oulu. A goalless draw against KuPS, even at home, was a surprising result, with the opponent arguably losing two points.

HJK: Team News

The champions have all their players available.

Gnistan: Team News

The newly promoted team can field their optimal lineup.

HJK vs Gnistan: Possible Starting Lineups

HJK (Possible Lineup): Est - Pallas, Thomas, Toivio, Kouassivi-Benissan - Keskinen, Kanellopoulos, Lingman, Bande - Olusanya, Peltonen

Gnistan (Possible Lineup): Nilsson - Penninkangas, Raitala, Ojala, Heiskanen - Latonen, Voivala, Kabashi, Tatar - Sarr, Enkerud

Previous Matches

All three official matches were won by the capital giants. In February, they won 2-1 away in the cup.

Free Prediction for the HJK vs. Gnistan Match on May 22:

The champion is experiencing a difficult and frankly unsuccessful season. However, they cannot afford a second consecutive failure. The hosts will win in Helsinki (odds – 1.84).