January 4, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Likely to be in high spirits after beating Denmark at the weekend, Goal is backing Kanerva's men to make their mark once again in St Petersburg
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Finland can all but book their place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 when they travel to Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg to face Russia in Group B.
Markku Kanerva’s side claimed a famous victory over Denmark in their first ever match at the European Championship, although the game was overshadowed by Christian Eriksen needing emergency medical treatment after collapsing near the end of the first half.
Finland vs Russia Latest Odds
Despite that win, Betfair Sportsbook make Finland 5/1 (6.0) to claim another three points and essentially guarantee a spot in the next round of the tournament.
Russia lost 3-0 against Belgium in their opening game of Euro 2020 but remain 4/6 (1.66) favourites to get back on track here with victory on home turf.
A draw would probably be enough for Finland to qualify for the knockout stages and that is priced at 11/4 (3.75).
Finland vs Russia Team News
Teemu Pukki was taken off with 15 minutes left against Denmark after picking up a knock but should be fit for this one, meaning Kanerva can play the same XI as on Saturday if he chooses.
Yuri Zhirkov went off injured in the first half on Saturday and is set to miss out here, whilst Daler Kuzyayev also departed early after a clash of heads with Timothy Castagne.
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Whilst Finland’s victory on Saturday will go down in history, the performance was far from spectacular against a very distracted Denmark side who also had a penalty saved.
Still, Joel Pohjanpalo’s goal after half-time will give them plenty of confidence that they can inflict further damage on a Russia team that is no doubt reeling after their heavy defeat against Belgium.
That loss marked six games in a row that Stanislav Cherchesov’s men have failed to keep a clean sheet, conceding 15 goals in that time.
Finland vs Russia Tips and Predictions
After making their mark against Denmark, Finland could be set for similar success and Betfair Sportsbook’s 5/6 (1.83) price of over 0.5 goals for Kanerva’s side offers strong value for this Euro 2020 Group B match.
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