Real Betis and HJK Helsinki face off on Thursday in a Group C Europa League showdown at Benito Villamarín.
When these two teams faced off on September 8th it was Real Betis that secured the 2-0 victory. Willian Jose scored the two goals for Real Betis. They had 52 percent of the possession and five shots on target. HJK Helsinki had 48 percent of the possession and one shot.
Real Betis comes into this game sitting in 1st place in the group having picked up 13 points. Last Thursday, Real Betis faced off against Ludogorets, and they were able to secure a 1-0 victory. Nabil Fekir scored a goal in the 56th minute to secure the victory. On Sunday, Real Betis were able to secure a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad. Juanmi, Victor Camarasa, Luiz Felipe are all dealing with injuries and won’t be able to go in this game. There is a chance that Juan Cruz could make his first start with this new club.
HJK Helsinki currently sits in 4th place in the group, having picked up one point. Last Thursday, HJK Helsinki faced off against Roma, and they were able to secure a 2-1 victory. HJK Helsinki had 53 percent of the possession and three shots on target, but it wasn’t enough as the defense struggled, and the game loser was actually an own goal. Valtteri Moren and Roope Riski are both dealing with injuries, and they aren’t going to be able to go in this game. This is the final game of the season for Helsinki.
Real Betis might be resting some players, but they are going to have no issue getting the job done here. Helsinki’s defense is going to be awful here, and that is going to be the difference as Real Betis gets the job done. Look for Real Betis to score at least three goals. Back Real Betis -1.5 to cash.