HB Torshavn vs HJK for the Champions League Qualification match on Tuesday at Gundadalur Stadium.
The match in Finland broke a streak of four HB Torshavn victories. The team, however, was out of action since June 28th, when the Faroe Islands Premier League First Division, had their dispute interrupted. The tournament will only be resumed on July 27th, but HB Torshavn returns earlier as they had a game postponed against Klaksvik for July 22nd.
With 30 points, HB Torshavn is in fifth place in the national league, out of the zone to qualify for international tournaments next season. This block is closed by Klaksvik, which has two more points. The difference for the Vikingur, leader, is five points.
The spot in the Champions League qualifiers came with the title won in the 2018 edition of the Faroe Islands Premier League. HB Torshavn scored 73 points, 18 more than Runavik, placed second.
The Finnish team managed to reach the 3-0 in the first leg even though an athlete was sent off just after 31 minutes of the first half. Obilor received the red card when HJK was ahead 1-0. Lappalainen scored in minute 21. Nonetheless, they extended the lead in the opening period with O’Shaughnessy and increased the safety margin in the second half with Lappalainen in the 76th minute.
The team had a weekend off on the Veikkausliiga calendar, the First Division of the Finnish Championship, so they could prepare for Tuesday’s showdown. With 25 points, they are fourth in the league standings. It’s three points behind Ilves, the leader.
The right to participate in the qualifiers of the continental tournament was won through the Finnish Championship 2018 edition. The HJK took the cup for the second consecutive year by accumulating 78 points. They were 16 more than Rovaniemi, runner-up.
The technical difference between the teams is significant. That is why even though HJK is playing away, they are favourites against HB Torshavn as the best guess for Tuesday’s match for the second qualifying round of the 2019/2020 Champions League.