* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change
Probably one of the closest matchups in the second round of Euro 2024 Qualifiers is the Northern Ireland vs Finland duel, scheduled for Sunday, March 26th. To learn more about this game and get some free soccer tips prediction today , make sure to read this preview.
Our Best Northern Ireland vs Finland Predictions
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Northern Ireland and Finland to Draw
Although Northern Ireland started the Qualifiers with a win, while Finland lost their first-round match, the two teams had vastly different opponents – San Marino and Denmark.
In fact, Finland held it together for eighty minutes against Denmark, away from home, so they showed some potential in that match. Also, these two teams are pretty evenly matched and that's why our first Northern Ireland vs Finland prediction is for the game to end in a draw.
Both Teams to Score – Yes
Since we can see this being a very close game that could end in a draw, we can also see both teams scoring in this match, especially since neither of the two teams is great on the defensive end.
Furthermore, the last four h2h duels between these two teams all ended with both teams scoring, even if their last meeting was in 2016. So, our second Northern Ireland vs Finland prediction is for both teams to score.
Best Odds and Key Figures for Northern Ireland vs Finland
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Northern Ireland odds: 17/10 (2.70) – 37.00% Probability
Draw odds: 11/5 (3.20) – 31.30% Probability
Finland odds: 2/1 (3.00) – 33.30% Probability
As we can see from these odds, the bookies also expect a very close game, with the home team being slightly favoured to win. Meanwhile, the main favourite to become the First Goalscorer is Josh Magennis at 6/1 (7.00) odds, which implies a 14.30% probability. Also, the most likely Correct Score for this match is a 1-1 draw at 26/5 (6.20) – 16.10%.
Northern Ireland Last Five Matches: WLWDL
Finland Last Five Matches: LLLDD
Slovenia – San Marino Preview: Team News, Recent Form, and Probable Lineups
You can find all the facts and news about both teams ahead of their duel here, including the most likely Slovenia vs San Marino lineups:
Thanks to the luck of the draw and scheduling, Northern Ireland had a fairly easy job in the first round of Euro 2024 Qualifiers and they managed to take advantage of it, beating San Marino 2-0 in that game. Still, this is a team that's not among the favourites to get to the main stage, but if they can beat Finland in this game, their chances would rise for sure.
Meanwhile, Norther Ireland is without a few injured starters, namely Jonny Evens and Stuart Dallas.
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Northern Ireland Predicted Lineup:
Peacock-Farrell – Ballard, Cathcart, Brown – Bradley, McNair, S. Charles, Saville, Lewis – Magennis, D. Charles
After reaching the Euro 2020 main draw, which was their first-ever appearance at Euro Championships in history, Finland is hoping to repeat that same success in Euro 2024 Qualifiers. Although their first-round match ended in a loss, Finland actually played well and managed to be in the game until the last ten minutes, when their concentration dropped and they allowed Denmark to score two goals.
When it comes to team news, the team doesn't have any injury concerns at the moment.
Finland Predicted Lineup:
Hradecky – Alho, Vaisanen, Ivanov, Jensen – Lod, Kairinen, Kamara, Antman – Pohjanpalo, Pukki
Teams will usually announce their lineups one hour before the kickoff.
Player to Watch: Teemu Pukki
Since we expect a close game and we can see both teams scoring, our player to watch for this duel is Teemu Pukki, Finland's striker and their top goalscorer of all time.
Although Pukki is not having a great season for Norwich, at least not when it comes to scoring and based on what we expect from him, especially in Championship, he is still the biggest threat in Finland's offence and Northern Ireland has to be careful not to give him space.
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