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HJK Helsinki v Club Brugge | Betting Preview

Date: October 2, 2014
Venue: Sonera Stadium, Helsinki, Finland
Kick-off time: 20:05 BST

The Europa League encounter between HJK and Club Brugge will be the one from the Group B. HJK sits last in the group table after a loss to FC Copenhagen, while Brugge drew against a good Torino team in their first match.

HJK Helsinki form: D-L-W-W-W

HJK are cruising in the Finnish League with a healthy lead. In the European competition, HJK got the better of any Belgian team and with only their second appearance in any major European championship, the Finnish side will be looking to get over that.

Also, an interesting fact that HJK are still looking for their first group stage game and a win. They have a good attack but in Europe the domestic attack can look like cats instead of tigers.

Club Brugge form: D-D-W-W-D

Brugge struggled against Torino in their first match that reflected their overall form. Even domestically, their form has been inconsistent; the league table position says the whole story. A fifth position, though not far from the league leaders, not what’s expected from them after this stage.

In the last three matches, they are recovering their form and will look to build on that in midweek.

Key Players

HJK Helsinki: Demba Savage

The Gambian forward has been in peach form in the last five matches, scoring a hattrick against Mariehamn. His linkup play and a strong physical frame give the wingbacks and wingers a focal point to point their crosses and passes. His Europa League credentials are not that great, but finding a purple patch can elevate his game.

Club Brugge: Matt Ryan

The Australian custodian has been a constant name on the team sheet for the Belgian club. His excellent reflexes and commanding goalkeeping has earned him plaudits in the league, sometimes though his defence has let him down. Overall, against the Helsinki club, his big game temperament will be put to test, heavily.

Prediction

A difficult one to predict as not much separates these teams in terms of quality. A draw is a likely result with bet365 offering 3.5 for it to end level.

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