Finland vs Northern Ireland Prediction: Hosts can win low-scoring affair

 | November 16 | 

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Northern Ireland have had an extremely disappointing Euro 2024 campaign, losing six of their eight matches. 

They face Finland on Friday in their penultimate qualifying match, hoping to take something from what has been a poor run of games. 

Finland vs Northern Ireland Betting Tips 

  • Finland to win @ 10/11 
  • Teemu Pukki to score at any time @ 9/5 

Match Odds 

Finland can be backed at 10/11 for the victory, while Northern Ireland are 16/5 outsiders and the draw is available at 23/10. 

Finland won the reverse fixture 1-0 and a repeat of that result is priced at 5/1. 

Team News 

Finland have no injury concerns but may rotate given their issues in recent games. 

Shea Charles is suspended for Northern Ireland after being sent off last time out but Paddy McNair is back from suspension himself.  

They have a busy treatment room too with captain Jonny Evans, goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Paddy Lane and Brad Lyons all out through injury. 

Finland to win @ 10/11

Michael O’Neill’s return to the Northern Ireland dugout has not gone as planned, his side have lost six of their eight games with the former boss back in charge. Their only two positives from a torrid Euro 2024 qualification campaign have been two wins over minnows San Marino. 

With some of their big-name players injured or suspended, O’Neill may well name an inexperienced side for this clash.  There are five debutants in the squad for this match and their clash with Denmark on Monday. 

The Green and White Army have lost six of their last seven matches, including a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Finland in the reverse fixture.  The home side had won four games in a row before embarking on a three-match losing streak but they are fancied to get back to winning ways here. 

Northern Ireland have scored just six times in eight qualifiers and their issues going forward will continue to hold them back. Finland will want to be sharp for the play-offs and are unlikely to treat this as a dead rubber, so take the hosts to win and further increase the woes in the Northern Ireland camp. 

Teemu Pukki to score at anytime @ 9/5

Teemu Pukki was scoring consistently in the Championship last season and has continued that on his move to the MLS. 

The 33-year-old has netted 10 times in 14 games for Minnesota United and can carry that form into his national team duties. 

The former Norwich striker is Finland’s record goalscorer, having netted 38 times for the Huuhkajat and is vice-captain for his side. 

Pukki remains a real threat at this level and looks the likeliest scorer in what may be a cagey affair. 

Check out more of our Euro 2024 tips here.

 

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