Helsinki hopes to draw first blood vs Silkeborg

Helsinki hopes to draw first blood vs Silkeborg

HJK Helsinki and Silkeborg meets for the first leg of the Europa League playoff round. It will be a battle of the hungry and the experienced for this meeting. Helsinki is no longer new to the Europa League since they regularly play for the qualifiers for the past years. On the other hand, Silkeborg is hungry to finally pass the qualifying round as they were not able to qualify for two decades already.

Silkeborg wants to win this game as they started their other league in a bad way as it ended in lost. Helsinki meanwhile secured a playoff spot through their win against Maribor. Silkeborg wants to win their game to finally end their drought in the Europa League. Helsinki will also try to snatch the win as they want to continue on winning as they want to continue their streak in the Europa League qualifiers.

HJK Helsinki

UEFA: HJK Helsinki
Photo courtesy of Reuters

HJK Helsinki who is currently on the 3rd place in the standings want to end their last five games at their home as smooth as possible. For those last five homes games, they managed to be defeated just once, and now that they will play a home game once more, they want to continue their streak at home. Their experience is their key for them to win this game as they are regulars when it comes to the Europa League. Last year, they were able to reach the Europa League after finishing in the third in the group stage.

Helsinki will play without Roope Riski, and Valtteri Moren as they were both rules out because of knee injuries. Injuries will continue hurting Helsinki as Manuel Martic will also miss the game because of an injury. However, Hostikka, Bojan Radulovic, and Malik Abubakari are there to lead the team to victory for this match.

Silkeborg

UEFA: Silkeborg

After two decades, Silkeborg was finally able to return to the Europa League stage, that is why, they want to win to prove something. They were able to enjoy their best season so far as they will play for the playoff round of the Europa League. Despite playing in the playoffs of the Europa League, they opened a campaign with the Superliga, where they started strong. With that, they are hoping to also play strong in the playoffs of the Europa League to defeat Helsinki.

No Andreas Oggesen and Niclas Holm for the Silkeborg as they are both nursing muscle and back injuries respectively. Oscar Fuglsang, Gustav Dahl, and Alexander Lind are also doubtful for this playoff game.

Helsinki and Silkebord will meet on August 19, 2022 at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Prediction: Draw

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