The first match in the capital of Latvia ended in a draw 1:1. HJK already on the 7th minute took the lead, but before the time had calmed down and allowed “Riga” to equalize in the 81st minute.
Thus, the intrigue in this confrontation alive and at least the bookies think are the favourites HJK Helsinki, but Riga is quite capable to be overcome for an exit in the playoffs.
- The coefficients and forecast
HJK for the second consecutive year becomes the champion of Finland, but here in Europe in recent years, team success can not boast. In the first and last time the team reached the group stage of LE in the 2014/15 season, and in the last 3 seasons couldn’t overcome the 3rd qualifying round LE.
In this Champions League campaign the Finns began their participation in the Champions League and managed to pass the “tórshavn”, but then lost “Tsrvena zvezde” with score 2:3.
It is noteworthy that if HJK will take place in the playoffs of the Europa League, then again he can play against the “red Star” as the winner of the “Hick” and “Riga” will play with the loser in a pair of “red Star” and “Copenhagen”.
If this happens, HJK can take revenge on the Serbs, but already in the Europa League. In the championship Finland HJK is only in 5th place, but Tony wards Costly may compete for the championship as behind the leader of the “Ilves” by 6 points. In the last round goalless this season HJK defeated “Lahti” with the score 4:0.
Note the Forsell, who was involved in 3 goals the team, scoring one of them and assistyou Risks and Mensah.
Risks is the best scorer in the League and in the Europa League. So, in the championship on account of his 6 goals, while in LE it was noted three times already. It is Hick’s main hope in attack, especially after Lappalainen HJK left and went to MLS.
For HJK he scored in the European Cup twice this season and without him the team lost the severity in the attack.
Champion of Latvia Riga has a rich experience in European competitions. Prior to the current participation, teams only played twice in Europe and were eliminated after the first round.
So, last season “Riga” took off after the first qualifying round.
So, what is the current European campaign “Riga” is the most successful in the history of this team and despite the fact that in the 5 games he played in Riga managed to win only once Piast Gliwice in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
In these matches “Riga” scored only 4 goals, half of them scored pole Bilinski, who became the author of the only goal against club Brugge. Interestingly, with such impact he almost did not go in the starting lineup and scored “Piast” and Chico, coming on as substitute in the second half.
The championship of Latvia is in full swing and after the first match against Hik “Riga” took an important step toward his second championship in a row, defeating his main opponent RFS with the score 2:1. That’s just will the team to recover physically and mentally for 4 days after tough game in Latvia. Still the experience of playing on two fronts, “Riga”, no.
The coefficients and forecast
I advise you to put on F2 (+1). “Riga” many people underestimate, considering the team real outsider of the Europa League. But wards Mikhail Konev was able to let go of the struggle of the champion of Poland Piast, who was considered a favorite of confrontation.
Residents must score in Finland to continue the struggle in UEFA club competition and it is unlikely they limp surrender their positions. In the first match of “Riga” looked “whipping boys”. It is unlikely to yield Hiku, but still large.