HJK Helsinki and FC Lahti meet at Sonera Stadium, in a match for Matchday 8 of Veikkausliiga. HJK Helsinki won by (0‑4) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 01‑07‑2020. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 8 matches has won 3, tied 3 and lost 2. However, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, in 23‑10‑2019, for Veikkausliiga, HJK Helsinki only won (4‑1), in the shoot-out on penalties. The goals of the match were scored by P. Forsell (33 ‘) and E. Mensah (37’), for HJK Helsinki, and Josu Currais (68 ‘) and J. Assehnoun (78′), for FC Lahti. FC Lahti present considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this match the home factor may be decisive.
HJK Helsinki :
After 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, the home team is currently in 3rd place, with 13 points won. In their last match, they tied with the KuPS Kuopio at home by (2‑2), after in the previous match they had won by (2‑0) at home, in a match against Ilves. This is a team that presents similar results at home and away, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss in his stadium. In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, HJK Helsinki have won 8, tied 1 and lost 1. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, since 14 of the last 16 matches they have played have ended with Over 1.5 goals. The team does not usually have problems opening the scoreboard: they scored the first goal in 7 of the last 9 games, of these 7 they came to the break in advantage in 6 and managed to always maintain the advantage until the end of the 90’s. In the last 4 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).
The home team is the biggest champion in Finnish history, with a total of 47 national titles, 29 of them from the national first division. Despite having lost his hegemony in 2015, after dominating the competition for 6 consecutive years, he returned to the top in 2017 and won a double championship in 2018. Last year (2019), however, he made an atypical campaign and finished the league only in fifth place. This year, the team reached the Finnish Cup final undefeated, has not yet lost at home and their only defeat, on the third day of the current competition, was against Inter Turku (1-0), current leader of the Veikkausliiga. HJK Helsinki is third, with 13 points from 6 matches: 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, with a total of 13 goals scored and only 4 suffered. This team has balance in all sectors of the field and due to this, it rarely loses. His solid defense always makes for a calmer victory and his attack rarely fails to score. Especially when playing at home, Helsinki is almost unstoppable and has everything to confirm favoritism in this match.
FC Lahti :
After 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, the visiting team is currently in 7th position, with 8 points won. In their last match, they tied with Honka Espoo at home by (0‑0), after in the previous match they had won in an away match against TPS Turku, by (1‑3). This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; against 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in his stadium. In their last 10 away matches, FC Lahti has recorded 7 wins and 3 losses. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 11 of the last 15 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals.
This is a recent team in soccer, founded in 1996. But make no mistake, Lahti is a team used to playing in the elite of Finnish soccer and has already reached the first division of the national championship in 1998. Since then, the team has been relegated from division only once, in 2010, but returned the following year (2011), winning the second division title for the second time. However, Lahti have never won the Veikkausliiga and their record in the competition, so far, is not the best. In 6 games played the team has 2 wins (both away from home), 2 draws and 2 losses: in total it has 8 goals suffered and 6 scored.