Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Vezgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium will host Thursday’s football game between Alashkert and Helsinki. The Armenians experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opener, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in their second group game. Midfielder Branko Mihajlovic, who limped off with injury in the Super Cup win over Ararat Yerevan, is unlikely to feature against HJK, but Wangu Gome has overcome his injury.
The Finnish champions, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to LASK. HJK will not have a better chance than this to record their first win of the process, and we predict that the favourites will prove their worth on the field. Japan international Tanaka remains on the sidelines through injury for the visiting team.