Finland take on the visitors Romania in the round 5 match of UEFA Nations League (League B). The match will be played on Friday, September 23rd at Helsinki Olympic Stadium (Helsinki).
Finland team represents the traditionally "winter" country. The Finns are really good at their respective sports, including team hockey. But in recent years, under the current coach, Markku Kanerva, there has been very serious progress in football. Of course, achievements with the ball are an order of magnitude lower than with the puck. But Suomi managed to win in the Nations League, in division C, then went directly to the last Euro, where the debutant managed to start by defeating Denmark. Last year, the Scandinavians fought with dignity against Ukraine and Bosnia for the 2nd place in the group, losing their chances only in the last rounds. Against this background, this summer the team was frankly blown away. Starting with a draw with Bosnia and a victory over Montenegro, then the Owls lost twice in a row, leaving virtually no chance for 1st place in the quartet.
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Romania at one time, at the end of the last century, shone - everyone remembers the achievements of Haji and the company. But then they gradually lost ground. It was not possible to reach the World Championship even once in this century. And they came to the Euro in 2008 and 2016, but without winning there and, of course, without leaving the group. In general, not an outsider, but not even a middle peasant. And with a new mentor, Edward Yordenescu, it didn’t get better, to put it mildly. In 4 June matches there were 3 defeats. It is curious that the only exception was the hosting of Finland, when the only goal was scored by Bank. Nevertheless, the decision of the coaching staff to seriously shake up the squad is not surprising. All 3 goalkeepers from this list do not have a single match at this level at all. But it is far from a fact that the current version, without Maxim, Mikhailo, Hadji Jr., Ivan and Kesher, will look better than with these players.
In total, the national teams played 12 head-to-heads among themselves. Finland could not win even once, moreover, Romania took 9 victories during this time. Including in both recent meetings - before the summer 1-0 were 2-0 in a friendly match in 2018. Bookmakers believe that it is time for the Finnish team to win against an uncomfortable opponent. But at the same time, judging by the statistics of the national teams, it can be assumed that the head-to-head match will not be spectacular. We recommend betting on “under 2.5 goals”
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.