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Today’s Football Tips Finland vs Bosnia
In qualifying, a new start is ventured to take second place behind the big favorite Italy in Group J. The main competitors are Bosnia Herzegovina and Greece. The European Champion of 2004 is currently ranked second with four points, but has to face Italy on Saturday. Thus comes the game Finland vs. Bosnia, where we want to risk a prediction, is very important. Only the winner of the hopes to be one more year in the Jubilee European Championship. A defeat may not be the final outcome, but it would leave both nations clearly behind.
Finland – Statistics & Current Form
Finland has just over five million inhabitants and is therefore not one of the big, but none of the small countries in Europe. That the national team in football has never been to an European Championship or World Cup, is still quite sad. Even a nation like Iceland (300,000 inhabitants) has already done that. Of course, winter sports are a defining feature of the Scandinavians and football is not the number one sport, and yet fans would finally wish to participate in a final tournament. The hopes in the run-up to the European Championship qualifiers in 2020 were great, after all, the Finns currently have some stars in their ranks. In addition, another 24 teams will take part in the anniversary UEFA Euro 2020. The qualifying group is not easy but feasible with Italy, Bosnia and Armenia. The first important step was already made with the 2-0 in Armenia. This success was a little surprising, after the first problems before the start. At training camp in Qatar, Riru Riski refused to join for ethical reasons, triggering a discussion across the country over the World Cup host in three years. But with the 2-0 success, the waves were smoothed quickly, the defeat in Italy was planned and the Finns are currently fully on schedule.
The first key match is now on Saturday at home against Bosnia. National coach Markku Kanerva knows the great importance and therefore wants to send his best possible team to the pitch. Leading the team of captain Tim Sparv, the German fans may still be a term from his time at the Spielvereinigung Greuther Fürth. Another name, Niklas Moisander, does not appear on the score sheet. The central defender of Werder Bremen has ended his active career in the national team.
The focus of all players is clearly Teemu Pukki, the top scorer from the second English league. He is considered a symbol of the hope of the Finnish fans to finally be allowed to travel to a final tournament. The second big star is Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky, who of course has a world-class level on goalkeeping but can not logically help in the game forward. Nevertheless, he is a factor, which is why between Finland and Bosnia, the odds for a tip on the winner are quite close together. The hosts are qualitatively no longer as far away from the Eastern Europeans, as was the case a few years ago.
Expected lineup of Finland:
↪ Hradecky – Granlund, Toivio, Arajuuri, Pirinen – Lod, Sparv, Kamora, Hämäläinen – Soiri, Pukki
Last matches of Finland:
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Armenia Vs. Finland 0: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 23.03.2019 – Italy vs Finland 2: 0 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 11.01.2019 – Finland vs. Estonia 1: 2 (Non-FIFA Friendlies)
⚽️ 08.01.2019 – Sweden vs. Finland 0: 1 (Non-FIFA Friendlies)
⚽️ 18.11.2018 – Hungary vs Finland 2: 0 (Nations League)
Bosnia – Statistics & Current Form
Bosnia, in contrast to the Finns, has already realized a few times the participation in a World Cup or European Championship and this is again the big goal. Robert Prosinecki is the responsible coach who will do this. He is a colorful, across the continents distributed team available, in which many names are known. First and foremost, of course, is superstar and striker Edin Dzeko, who has the greatest responsibility as captain. Next to him, Haris Duljevic of Dynamo Dresden stormed frequently. In midfield Miralem Pjanic usually pulls the strings. But the strategist of Juventus saw the red card in the last qualifier at the score of 2: 1 against Greece. On the one hand this has a lock on the other hand, and this conditional on the balance of the Greeks.
After beating Armenia (2-1), the Bosnians failed to put themselves in a very good position in Group J despite a 2-0 lead at home. On Saturday, the pressure is great and a defeat would move the UEFA Euro 2020 participation for the time being in the distant future.
It is doubly bitter that Miralem Pjanic can not play in this game. Defensively, Europa League finalist Sead Kolasinac is set. The former Schalke, who is now under contract at Arsenal, is set on the right wing and always brings a lot of offensive power. The left side, by contrast, is more defensive and usually receives “Eisen-Erwin” Bicakcic from TSG Hoffenheim. Overall, it can already be seen that there is a lot of quality in the ranks of the guests. However, it lacks a bit in width. The second half of the players in the starting XI are no-names who earn their money in lower or minor leagues. This mix is not always optimal and Coach Prosinecki faces a great challenge to build a good collective which, in the best case scenario, secures second place behind Italy. Although before the match Finland vs. Bosnia Herzegovina’s odds are more likely to win away, so the appearance in the far north is not a walk for Edin Dzeko and Co.
Expected formation of Bosnia:
↪ Sehic – Kolasinac, Zukanovic, Sunjic, Bicakcic – Cimirot, Besic, Milosevic – Visca, Duljevic, Dzeko
Last matches of Bosnia:
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Bosnia vs Greece 2: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 23.03.2019 – Bosnia vs Armenia 2: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 18.11.2018 – Spain vs Bosnia 1: 0 (friendly)
⚽️ 15.11.2018 – Austria vs Bosnia 0: 0 (Nations League)
⚽️ 10/15/2018 – Bosnia vs Northern Ireland 2: 0 (Nations League)
Finland vs Bosnia Direct Comparison
The direct comparison between Finland and Bosnia is not very helpful for a prediction. For one thing, there has only been a comparison in the history of the two nations, and on the other hand, it has been 15 years ago. At that time the Eastern Europeans won 1-0 in the second round with a golden goal. The first competitive match will take place on Saturday evening.
Finland vs Bosnia Betting Tips Provided by Our Experts Tipsters
The assessment of the bookmakers is absolutely understandable and in the duel Finland vs Bosnia is a bet on the game outcome, therefore hard to hit. Certainly the guests have slight individual advantages with a Kolasinac, Dzeko or Bicakcic. On the other hand, Miralem Pjanic lacks elementary support in midfield. The Finns are in good form, with Teemu Pukki an attacker who is bursting with self-confidence, with Lukas Hradecky a very strong backing and also the fans in the back. The odds are rightly very close together and a clear favorite is not really make out. In this game, where both teams are very busy, little things may make a difference.
Key facts – Finland vs Bosnia tips
⭐️ Eleven of the last twelve games of Finland ended with under 2.5 goals
⭐️ In four of the last seven games of Bosnia fell the highest hit
⭐️ The goal-scoring duel Pukki vs. Dzeko will probably give the rash in this tight match
When mating Finland vs. Bosnia is a tip on the alternative betting market the best choice. Not only because of the so far only direct comparison, which ended 1-0 for Bosnia, a game with few goals is to be expected. In eleven of the last twelve games of Finland fell a maximum of two hits, only once landed the ball three times on the net (in a 1: 2 against Estonia). In the last seven games of Bosnia fell four times only one or no goal.
Therefore, the slightly risky bet on under 1.5 goals is not so outlandish and promises great value with a lucrative 2.80 odds. Precisely because there is a lot going on for both nations, the approach will be more cautious and defensive. It also comes to the duel Teemu Pukki vs Edin Dzeko. Which of the two strikers can show his individual class better, his team will possibly shoot the important threesome.
Insider Tips: Under 1.5 goals
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