Finland travels a short distance to face Russia in Saint Petersburg on Matchday 2 in Group B. Russia is unbeaten against the Finns for over a century. Check out our full betting preview for the latest team news, match odds and betting predictions.
Finland 🇫🇮 Team News
Finland are making their first-ever major final tournament appearance. They qualified after finishing second to Italy in Group J with a record of P10 W6 D0 L4. They caused a big upset in their opening game of Group B with a 1-0 defeat of rivals Denmark.
Markku Kanerva, Finland coach...
"We have to improve our attacking. We need to create more chances and score more goals. This is going to be a tough game for sure. Russia pretty much have to win this game; they will be hurt and they will be aggressive. Everything in the group is open. We’re looking at everything we can do to get the win or at least get a point."
Finland Predicted Lineup
Hradecky; O’Shaughnessy, Arajuuri, Toivio; Uronen, Kamara, Sparv, Lod, Raitala; Pukki, Pohjanpalo
Key Player: Teemu Pukki
Pukki is plying his trade in the English Championship with Norwich. The prolific marksman got the Canaries into the Premier League, but even though he maintained scoring form, his goalscoring prowess was not enough to retain top-flight status. Pukki is equally as prolific for his national team, scoring 10 of Finland's 16 goals in qualifying. He also chipped in with an assist, which meant he was involved in nearly 70% of all Finlands qualifying goals.
Russia 🇷🇺 Team News
Russia has now qualified for the last five consecutive European Championship finals. In qualifying, they found Belgium too strong and they came up against their nemesis in the opening game of Group B, losing 3-0 to a Romelu Lukaku inspired Red Devils team.
Stanislav Cherchesov, Russia coach...
"Finland have just beaten Denmark; they are a tough, organised team. They defend deep and are dangerous on the counter. We'll have to do our best to break them down and avoid giving them chances on the break.”
Russia Predicted Lineup
Shunin; Barinov, Dzhikiya, Semenov; Mário Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Karavaev; Miranchuk, Golovin; Dzyuba
Key Player: Artem Dzyuba
Dzyuba is Russia's captain and leading goalscorer. The tall target man plies his trade for Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg. He is a no-nonsense striker who will put himself about physically. He scored nine goals, grabbed five assists during qualifying, and was involved in nearly half of Russia's 33 goal tally.
Finland v Russia Head to Head
Russia has a strong recent record against Finland, winning all four games since becoming an independent nation. They've also scored 15 goals in those four games and conceded only once. Finland is playing their first match in Saint Petersburg, with both previous away games in Moscow.
Finland v Russia Match Prediction
History and recent form suggest this will be a comfortable win for Russia. Additionally, they are one of 12 host nations, and this match is on home soil. It is a compelling case for backing the Russians.
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