Red Star Belgrade vs HJK Helsinki Match Info
Date: Wednesday July 24 2019
Kick-off time: 7.45pm BST
Venue: Rajko Mitic Stadium
Referee: Pawel Gil (Poland)
Red Star Belgrade vs HJK Helsinki Head-To-Head Record
2 previous competitive matches
August 28 1997: Red Star Belgrade 3-0 HJK Helsinki
August 14 1997: HJK Helsinki 1-0 Red Star Belgrade
Red Star Belgrade vs HJK Helsinki Stats
- The previous European matches between these clubs occurred in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup qualifying round – Red Star Belgrade lost their next tie to Belgian club Beerschot
- Those were Red Star Belgrade’s only European games against Finnish opposition
- HJK Helsinki also lost 3-0 on their only other visit to Serbia in a European competition
Red Star Belgrade vs HJK Helsinki Match Preview
Red Star Belgrade will be keen to secure another Champions League group-stage appearance this season after receiving the ‘draw from hell’ last term.
Serbia’s most famous football club, who were European champions in 1991, had not qualified for the round-robin phase of the continent’s elite competition since the season after their biggest triumph until they finally made it back there after a 26-year absence.
But any hopes of reliving the glory days of the early nineties were quickly extinguished when Red Star found themselves in with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Liverpool, unsurprisingly finishing bottom of the table despite beating the English club who went on to lift the trophy!
However, at least Crvena Zvezda, as they are known locally, have a chance of reaching the last 32 again and after beating Lithuanian champions Suduva Marijampole thanks to a 2-1 home win to follow a 0-0 draw away, they are expected to get past HJK Helsinki.
The Finnish team are in danger of losing their domestic title at the halfway stage of this campaign because they have been drawing too many games, although a stalemate in the second leg of their opening Champions League tie away to HB Torshavn of the Faroe Islands did not matter as they had already won 3-0 at home.
It is difficult to envisage HJK being good enough to compete in the group stage of this competition but not so Red Star, who are backed to take another step towards that target with a comfortable home victory here.
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Red Star Belgrade vs HJK Helsinki Betting Tips
Red Star Belgrade to win and over 2.5 goals in the match @ 5/6 with Coral
Red Star Belgrade to win to nil @ 10/13 with Unibet