19-07-23 Daily Football Predictions : Larne vs HJK Helsinki

Betting Tips

The defending champions of Finland, HJK Helsinki, will travel to Northern Ireland in the middle of the week to face Larne in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round at Solitude on Wednesday night. The visitors have the edge and are the favorites to advance to the next round, where they will face Molde of Norway, the reigning champions, after taking a 1-0 lead at Bolt Arena last week.

Larne vs HJK Helsinki

The encounter between Northern Irish Larne and Finnish HJK will be very intriguing and entertaining on Wednesday night in Belfast. At the Bolt Arena in Helsinki, a recent match between two champions resulted in a harder-than-expected victory (1-0) for the host team.

Larne is still optimistic that they can overcome the gap and advance to the following qualifying round. For HJK, though, finishing Champions League qualification in the first round would be disastrous. Larne put on a brave display in Finland last week but was notably second-best as they struggled to create many clear-cut chances and were unable to register a shot on target in three attempts in the match.

It’s difficult to discuss Larne’s performance because the Northern Irish Football League hasn’t even begun. Even so, they played quite well in the preseason for this point in the season. In their six games, they had five victories and just one defeat, which came in the Charity Shield matchup with the Crusaders. It’s interesting to note that in the six games, Larne only allowed three goals.

HJK recently failed to impress. Even though they are one of the top clubs in Veikkausliiga, HJK had lost three straight games prior to playing Larne in the first leg. HJK appears to have lost its mojo at the worst possible time, and they may even lose their game against Larne.

Verdict

It will undoubtedly be difficult for HJK to win on the road here due to the attack’s issues. Despite having the lead after game 1, we do not believe they will succeed here. Despite coming from a lower level than HJK, Larne is a strong home team. The visitors’ recent road record includes five games with four draws, and most of their opponents were on par with Larne.

We were able to see how the second leg may appear from the first leg between Larne and HJK. Only eight shots were combined by the sides in the opening game, only two of which were on goal. Both teams were unable to seize their chances.

While the hosts should perform better at home, it appears unlikely that they will be able to reverse this tie given how outplayed they were for most of the first leg. Under 2.5 goals should be the best wager for this match because the visitors will prioritize maintaining a clean sheet here, and we anticipate a similar situation on Wednesday in Belfast.

Tip: Draw / Under 2.5 Goals

Draw – ❌

Under 2.5 Goals – ❌

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