HJK, Roma needs maximum points

HJK, Roma, needs maximum points

Roma meets HJK on the road on October 28, 2022, 3:00 AM (GMT+8) in a crucial meeting. This is more important for HJK as they can no longer afford a loss or a draw because it will end their hopes for the knockout stage. As for Roma, this is also important for them as a victory from this match could give them a chance in the second spot. Both teams with hopes to have a better playoff spot, winner of this match surely has a secured spot.

This will just be the second time these two teams met where the first was in September. On that match, Roma had a dominating 3-0 win, a devastating one for HJK. Despite a dominating win, Roma cannot be too confident going into this match. What they need is a maximum points in this match or else they will drop to the third spot. Just like their opponents, HJK also needs maximum points or they will end their knockout stage hopes. This squad records the worst attacking in the tournament history, scoring just once against Ludogorets. Despite being winless in their last five matches, the should not lose heart in this game.

AS Roma

Europa League: AS Roma
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In a must-win game, all other players of Roma needs to step-up in order to secure the second spot for their group. Currently, they are at the third spot, three points behind Ludogorets, who is at the second. If Roma wins this match and Ludogorets lose in their next match, Roma has a chance for the second spot. Nonetheless, Roma needs to win against HJK or their journey in the playoff might be harder. Coming into this match, they want to avoid an early exit.

Nemanja Matic and Lorenzo Pellegrini might not play in this match as they are both nursing minor injuries. Moreover, Paulo Dybala continues to be on the sideline following the injury he sustained.

HJK Helsinki

Europa League: HJK Helsinki

HJK needs to continue fighting in this match as a loss and a draw will eliminate them from reaching the knockout stage. This squad lost three out of their four games, and at the bottom of their group with one point. Their campaign does not look optimistic at all, but this squad is capable of surprising everyone. Although winless in their last two home games, they still have the home crowd as their advantage.

Miro Tenho finally returned from after his suspension, and is ready to lead HJK once again. However, Jukka Raitala now serves a ban after being dismissed, following a red card on their previous match.


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