Finland Vs Ireland Betting Tip: Finland – 14 October 2020

Another fruitless outing awaits Boys in Green

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Finland Finland Vs Republic of Ireland Ireland

Wednesday 14 October 2020 – 19:45 (GMT)
UEFA Nations League
Pick: Finland to WIN
Odds: 7/5
Bookmaker: PaddyPower
(All betting odds displayed correct at time of writing: 12 October 2020)

Preview: The second round of matches in the UEFA Nations League take place in midweek, with Ireland making their way to Helsinki here needing to avenge last month’s 1-0 loss to the same opponents, Finland, to keep alive their fading promotion hopes.

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Finland Preview – Finns formidable proposition on home soil?

The Finns, perhaps still buoyed by their successful EURO 2020 qualifying campaign, have begun the 2020-21 Nations League in fine fettle. Victories in two of their three group games so far, over Ireland (0-1) and Bulgaria (2-0), has them second in Group B4 and trailing Wales, who are their opponent in the final fixture in Cardiff on 18 November, by a single point.

Ryan Giggs and Wales, in a 1-0 victory over in Helsinki on the opening matchday, are the only side to have gotten the better of Markku Kanerva and his Finland outfit during this group campaign. However Poland would manage the feat as recently as a week ago, and emphatically so, when scoring five times in a 5-1 scoreline in Gdansk to make it three losses in five games (W2 L3) for the Finns.

Interestingly, though, there hasn’t been a drawn encounter involving Finland for more than two years (W15 L10). The one aspect which has drastically improved in recent times, however, has been results in home internationals. By beating Bulgaria 2-0 at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, Finland chalked up their third win in four on home soil (L1), having lost just three of their last 17 matches at home (W12 D2 L3).

 

Finland WIN TO NIL
5/2

Bet365

 

Ireland Preview – Maiden victory continues to elude Kelly and Ireland?

For all intents and purposes, this is a must win scenario for the Irish. Trailing in the wake of their upcoming opponents, Finland, as well as group leaders Wales, who are four and five points better off, respectively, anything less than three points from Wednesday’s venture to Helsinki will more than likely spell the end of the Republic of Ireland’s hopes of promotion from Group B4.

Unfortunately it isn’t easy finding ways to remain positive about their chances. A team who are currently winless in five (D4 L1), whose last victory in a competitive fixture (excluding friendlies) was at home to Gibraltar and who have not managed to fire in a goal in more than four hours of international football. Compounding morale in camp will have been last week’s play-off defeat to Slovakia, on penalties no less.

These are trying times if you’re an Ireland supporter. More than anything the football played under Stephen Kelly, whose four games since taking the helm of The Boys in Green has garnered two draws and as many defeats, makes for insipid viewing. Sunday’s dour goalless draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin saw them muster only one attempt on target throughout the 90 minutes.

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Finland Vs Ireland Betting Advice

Some encouraging news for Ireland, who are certainly in need of some, is their record against Finland. In five previous head-to-heads the Irish have prevailed three times (W3 D1 L1), however, the spoils were that of the Finns when the sides clashed in Dublin on Matchday 2, with the only goal of the game coming midway through the second half and scored by FC Augsburg’s 23-year-old winger Frederik Jensen.

 

Finland Vs Republic of Ireland – Key Facts:

  • None of the past 25 matches involving Finland has finished in a draw (W15 L10), 13 of which were played at home (W10 L3).
  • However, four of the last five fixtures for Ireland produced a draw (D4 L1 when excluding extra-time & pens).
  • Having lost three of their first four head-to-head encounters versus Ireland, Finland would finally pick up their first win on Matchday 2 last month (0-1 in Ireland).

 

There is a dearth of quality currently available to Ireland manager Stephen Kelly and this has undoubtedly reflected on recent results, which have been very underwhelming. It is somewhat surprising, therefore, to see Finland priced up generously here. The Finns are hardly a model of consistency but do provide the possibility of goals – they’ve scored in all but one of the last 13 home matches – something Ireland evidently cannot.

Best Match Odds – Finland Vs Republic of Ireland

Finland – 7/5 (PaddyPower)
Draw – 2/1 (Bet365)
Republic of Ireland – 29/20 (Unibet)