Who’s going to step into the Europa League group stage?
Tonight Fenerbahce and HJK will face each other in Istanbul in the first leg duel from the double match final for Europa League qualification. Both teams have high expectations for the upcoming season, so tonight they will absolutely do their best to make their fans proud, and accomplish the objective to be part of the best European competitions.
Fenerbahce went through great warm-up camping this summer, playing seven friendly matches. They won five of them and played two draw games, but the great thing about it is that Vítor Pereira tested many different formations and rotated his players in order to be ready for the upcoming challenges in the season ahead. Fenerbahce won the opening game in their home championship against Adana Demirspor (1:0), and now they are ready to face HJK with high confidence on their home field in Istanbul and try to win the first leg game.
Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi is the champion of Finland from the previous season, and also they are in the leading position at the moment with 41 at Veikkausliiga. This game against Fenerbahce will be a real test of their football quality and a great opportunity to become part of the European football competition. HJK beat Neftci Baku in the semi-final qualification game with the result of 3:0, and they also won their last game in the home championship against Mariehamn (1:0). So tonight Toni Koskela must find a way to bring another quality performance to Istanbul and continue with the successful run.
We expect a great football fight tonight at the Ülker Stadium in Istanbul, where both teams will try to find a way to win this first leg game. Fenerbahce is the favorite team to win the game, because of the home stadium advantage.