FK Liepāja vs BK Häcken Today’s Soccer Prediction
The FK Liepaja secured in the past season of the Virsliga by reaching the 2nd place in the table the participation in the Europa League qualification. Ex aequo with FC Riga, who, like FK Liepaja, scored 37 points from 24 games, Liepaja was able to claim second place in front of Riga due to the overall score of 2: 1 in the direct duels. FK Liepaja, with 32 goals scored, together with Ventspils, was the second-strongest offense in the league – only champions Spartak’s Jurmala scored more goals. In the defensive, the team of coach Tamaz Pertia, however, has not always acted quite firmly in the season: With 25 goals received Liepaja is only the third strongest value in league comparison. Coach Pertia likes to send his team into the field in an attacking 4-1-4-1, mostly relying on Artur Karasausk, who scored 10 goals in 22 games in the last season and narrowly missed the top scorer. Bitter: Karasausks left the club in the summer and now runs in the Kazakh League for Akzhayik Uralsk. Karasausk’s role as Goalgetter was taken over by current star Janis Ikaunieks in the current season: The 23-year-old attacking midfielder scored 7 goals in 13 matches and delivered 2 assists. This puts Ikaunieks ahead of regular striker Girts Karlsons, who currently holds 5 goals (albeit only after 9 games). In the current season Liepaja is in third place and received 11 of his total of 15 goals conceded in front of home crowd – which in the duel against the guests from Häcken according to our forecast is not necessarily a positive sign. However, FK Liepaja are confident that they can draw their confidence from recent matches: Coach Pertia’s team has been unbeaten in four games and suffered only two defeats in their last 15 games. Although we estimate the score from Häcken stronger in our prediction, we look to bet as a bet tip of a placement on victory or defeat and assume that the first leg of this knockout duel develops into a tactical elements of an encounter in which none the two teams will start with an open visor.
Although the BK Häcken could only claim 4th place in the Allsvenskan 2017/18 and thus on the league no international starting place, the Swedish club may still participate in the Europa League qualification. Since the cup final was played between in the league 1st and 3rd-placed clubs from Malmö and Djurgardens, which were already qualified for the international business through the league, the additional starting place for the first qualifying round of the Europa League fell to the BK Häcken. Also in the Allsvenskan – as in the Latvian league – played over the summer, but it does not run in the current season for the BK Häcken so far not quite as desired: Currently, the team of coach Andreas Alm ranks in 8th place, but can obtained the second best league score in this regard with 11 goals. In the offensive, however, it seems on the other hand more hapern: The attack on Paulinho, Alhassan Kamara and Mervan Celik is with 19 goals scored the sixth best in the league and runs the claims of the club significantly behind. Especially in the distance Häcken is one of the weakest teams in the league and ranked in the away table on the 13th rank – goal difference 4: 8. Coach Alm is increasingly in this season on a 3-4-3, in which mainly defensive hedging comes first, but this is at the expense of offensive ambitions, as a look at the clear figures reveals. In a duel with the Latvian club FK Liepaja, we see all the signs for a game with few goals: Although the defensive Liepaja is considered not particularly sad, but the Swedish attack is in this season in front of foreign audience is nothing more than a lukewarm breeze. For that reason, as a Bet Tip recommendation, we are placing a score of less than 2.5 goals throughout the game – although more risk-averse Tippers might also consider Häcken winning because of the exciting odds, as the Swedish league is clearly ahead of Latvia is to make.
Soccer Prediction of the Day FK Liepāja vs BK Häcken
The BK Häcken is according to our prognosis in this encounter, although a favorite, but the Swedes suffer in this season under a blatant away weakness, which is why we advise against a victory bet. Since the offense of Häcken was able to scare off only a few opponents and also Liepaja after the departure of center forward Karasausks in the offensive has only limited options, we recommend in our prediction as a bet tip a placement on less than 2.5 goals in the entire game.
Prediction Today: BK Häcken