Finland takes on the visitors Turkey at “Veritas Stadion” in the gameweek 10 of the Europe’s Qualifiers Group stage for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The game will be played in Turku on Monday, October 9th.
Having failed the entire first lap of the current qualification, in summer Finland demonstrated powerful play against Ukraine in losing 1:2 clash with great chances to get at least a draw. And in autumn “Suomi” started to show simply furious performance, having sensationally defeated Iceland 1:0, then broke Kosovo 1:0 and, at last, they deserved 1:1 draw vs. Croatia on Friday, having scored at last seconds of the fight. With nine rounds behind, the Finns occupy the fifth place in Group I table with eight points taken and 7-11 goal difference, having become the small breakthrough of the Europe’s Preliminary stage in autumn. Finland picked up four points with three goals for and four goals against in four encounters at the home turf.
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In its turn, Turkey A-team conducted three different games in autumn: an extremely poor match against Ukraine on the road resulting in 0:2 defeat, a little bit better fight against Croatia in which it managed to earn 1:0 triumph by lucky chance and completely failed battle ending with 0:3 scoreline against Iceland in front of its fans last Friday, having handled a pass to the Mundial’s final stage to the visitors while the Turks lost even theoretical possibility to appear in Russian next summer. The side settles on the fourth position in the standings, where it is likely to end the qualification campaign, with 14 points gained and 12-11 goal difference after nine encounters played. The Turks took four points with five goals for and six goals against in four clashes on the road.
The rivals met eight times since 1984 with the advantage to be on behalf of “Suomi” as they got five triumphs in opposite to three victories of the Turks, however, Turkey succeeded 2:0 at the home pitch in the reverse fixture. Taking into consideration the teams’ latest results alongside with home-field advantage, I believe that the Northerners should take some points in the upcoming fight.
Prediction for the match: Finland to win with +0.5 Asian handicap (1X).