Our prediction for this Europa League match:
A spot in the Europa League playoffs will be at stake when Neftci and Helsinki face each other in the double-header. Neftci failed to shock Olympiakos in the Champions League qualifiers, but they are surely capable of matching HJK at home ground. Defender Omar Buludov, who suffered an injury in the 1-0 loss to Olympiakos, is unlikely to feature in Tuesday’s clash. A man to watch in the home team will be Namiq Alasgarov, who scored three goals in the qualifiers for the elite competition.
Helsinki, on the other hand, are the dominant force in the Finnish top flight, but Malmo proved to be a big catch for them in the Champions League qualifiers. HJK aim to get back on course as soon as possible, but beating Neftci on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, share of spoils is on the cards at Bakcell Arena. Helsinki defender Valtteri Moren is likely to miss the game with injury.