Our elite Scandinavian soccer selections look at for big matches for Saturday, July 20th. It is a big weekend in both Finland and Sweden as top teams are in action and could possibly fall out of first place.
Can Ilves extend their lead in the Finnish Veikkausliiga? Will the Swedish Allsvenskan see AIK draw closer to league leader Malmo? Let’s find out.
Ilves vs. HJK
Ilves sit on top of the Veikkausliiga by one point over FC Honka. They are coming off a loss in their last match, which was their first in four fixtures.
Helsinki-based HJK are fourth in the league and undefeated in their last three matches. HJK are just three points off of the top of the league in a very competitive Veikkausliiga. According to the Veikkausliiga form table, HJK are the second-best in the league based on form. They have picked up 13 points from their last 18.
Meanwhile, Ilves have collected 12 points from their last 18 possible.
The two sides played earlier this season with the match ending nil-nil. Expect this to be a draw and under 2.5 goals.
Result: Draw; under 2.5 goals
KPV vs. SJK
Home team KPV are second from bottom in the Veikkausliiga. KPV have lost three of their last five matches but could still stave off relegation with some improved play.
SJK are midtable, 13 points ahead of KPV and winners of three of their last five matches.
Their previous meeting this season was won by SJK, 1-0. This game could see over 2.5 goals as four of KPV’s last five matches have ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Two of SJK’s last three fixtures have ended in over 2.5 goals tallied.
AIK vs. Helsingborg
AIK are inching toward Allsvenskan league leaders Malmo but must keep winning to keep pace. AIK are undefeated in five of their last six matches. They have tallied 11 points from 18 possible.
AIK have an incredible record of 63 matches undefeated in the Allsvenskan in their last 70 matches.
Helsingborg have collected just nine of their last 18 points possible. Although undefeated in their last three matches, Helsingborg have won just four of 15 games this term.
AIK have won their last two matches against Helsingborg in the Allsvenskan.
Sundsvall vs. Hacken
Fourth place Hacken head into the weekend against 14th place Sundsvall. Hacken have won five straight matches against Sundsvall in the Allsvenskan. Three of the five fixtures ended with under 2.5 goals scored.
Hacken have collected 10 points from their last 18 possible. Sundsvall, on the other hand, have obtained a mere three points from their last 18.
Hacken should continue their good form against Sundsvall in a low scoring affair.
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