Fenerbahce and HJK Helsinki will go head-to-head in the first leg of the Europa League playoff round at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on Thursday. The kick-off is at 20:45 CEST.
Fenerbahce start off their campaign in the 2021/22 EL in the playoff round courtesy of their thrird-placed finish in the Super Lig last season. Vitor Pereira's men will definitely be full of beans when they welcome the Finnish champions to the Turkish capital as the Yellow Canaries defeated Adana Demirspor 1-0 in their domestic league opener on Sunday following their seven-game unbeaten run in the pre-season.
HJK, in turn, were eliminated from the Champions League by Malmo in the second qualifying round before claiming a 5-2 aggregate victory against Neftchi in the previous stage of the Europa League. Toni Koskela's side are currently at the very top of the Veikkausliiga table with 41 points after 16 matches and will travel to Istanbul on the back of respective 1-0 wins over KTP and Mariehamn.
Serdar Dursun, Enner Valencia, Dimitrios Pelkas and Mert Hakan Yandas are all unavailable for the hosts due to injury while Atomu Tanaka and Tim Sparv are set to miss out on HJK's trip to Turkey through the same reason.
HJK are coming into this two-legged tie on the back of a seven-game unbeaten streak across all competitions but Fenerbahce haven't registered a single defeat in their last nine consecutive matches. What's more, the Turkish giants haven't conceded once in their previous four Europa League fixtures so let's say that the hosts are likely to extend that run to five games against the modest Finnish outfit on Thursday.
Fenerbahce to win to nil at 2.02 with 1XBET.
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