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HJK Helsinki vs Aberdeen match preview
Both clubs have already been eliminated from this season’s UEFA Europa Conference League, so the pair are simply playing for pride, prize money and points that have so far proved illusive.
Back on matchday two, the pair played out a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie, with Bojan Radulović firing HJK in front, only for Bojan Miovski to salvage a share of the spoils.
Aside from that, these two have only accumulated a solitary point between, this earned by Aberdeen in Thessaloniki three weeks ago.
The Dons held PAOK to a 2-2 draw at Toumba Stadium, taking a shock lead through Duk before Jamie McGrath’s spectacular free-kick equalised shortly after the Greek side had gone ahead.
This season is the first time the Reds have featured in a UEFA group stage since 2007, so any win, even though it’s now too little too late, would be memorable.
At the weekend, Barry Robson’s side showed encouraging signs, holding Rangers to a 1-1 draw, taking an early lead through Miovski, only to be thwarted by a 95th minute penalty.
Nevertheless, having won only three of 12 Premiership games, Aberdeen are all the way down in tenth, albeit a mere five points adrift the European positions.
As for HJK Helsinki, this is their third successive season in a group phase, although their wait for a first-ever appearance in the knockouts will go on.
Toni Korkeakunnas’ team have lost all three matches aside from that trip to Scotland, most-recently beaten both 6-0 and then 1-0 by Eintracht Frankfurt.
Overall, excluding qualifiers, HJK are winless in 11 European matches, their only victories since 2014 coming against Alashkert two years ago.
Domestically, they continue to be Finland’s dominant force, securing a fourth successive Veikkausliiga trophy this year, pipping KuPS on goal difference, claiming their 33rd title; the next-most successful club have nine.
However, as it’s a summer league, their domestic campaign ended on 21 October, meaning this’ll be HJK’s first match since the defeat to Frankfurt three weeks ago.
Aberdeen’s one and only previous visit to Finland saw them leave victorious, beating RoPS 2-1 four years ago, so will the traveling Dons have a victory to celebrate at Töölön jalkapallostadion?
HJK Helsinki team news
As Aberdeen know from the reverse fixture, Bojan Radulović is HJK’s primary goal threat, having scored 24 times in 2023, five of which have come in UEFA competition.
Aberdeen team news
The Dons though have a prolific centre-forward of their own, with Bojan Miovski netting his 11th of the campaign against Rangers on Sunday.
Ester Sokler was his strike-partner in that one, with Barry Robson continuing to select the Slovenia over Duk.
Captain Graeme Shinnie will make his 25th appearance in UEFA competitions for the club, along way short of Willie Miller’s club record that stands at 61.