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Finland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina Prediction & Match Preview

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24 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

Finland and Bosnia & Herzegovina take on each other at Helsingor Stadion in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign. 


Finland impressed in the Euro 2021 qualifiers, with the team leaving Bosnia and Greece behind them in Group J. 

Teemu Pukki and Co. are eager to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time ever, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Balkan Dragons in their opener.

The good news for the visitors is that Edin Dzeko has overcome his injury. 

Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic will be yet another man to watch in the away team, and given the attacking potential of the two sides, both teams to score betting option should be considered. 

In their last meeting in a competitive match Bosnia recorded a thrilling 4-1 win over Finland at Bilino Bolje.

Finland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Finland Bosnia-Herzegovina played so far 3 matches.
Finland won 1 direct matches. Bosnia-Herzegovina won 2 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.67 goals per Match.

Finland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina Prediction

Finland in actual season average scored 1.35 goals per match. In 9 (64.29%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (35.71%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Bosnia-Herzegovina average scored 1.10 goals per match in season 2021. In 10 (62.50%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Finland will be without their first-choice goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky this month after the Bayer Leverkusen stalwart suffered an Achilles injury, so Jesse Joronen should earn a start in goal, and Hradecky's fellow Bundesliga star Fredrik Jensen is also missing with a thigh problem.

Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara played the full 90 minutes in the Old Firm just days after being the victim of alleged racism against Slavia Prague, and he has been included in the squad for March's fixtures and is also in contention to start here.

Star striker Teemu Pukki currently sits on 27 goals for the national team - third in the all-time list behind Mikael Forssell (29) and Jari Litmanen (32) - so the Norwich City man will certainly have his sights set on that record this year.

Bosnia will also be without one of their more experienced veterans in Edin Visca, who is not quite at 100% after shaking off an injury and will not be risked for this month's fixtures.

Barcelona's Miralem Pjanic sits on 98 caps on for the national team and should certainly hit that elusive century in the next fortnight despite his struggles in Catalonia, while Dzeko will also be eyeing a landmark 60th goal for his country this week.

Uncapped Freiburg forward Ermedin Demirovic has earned a spot in the squad for this game, and with Visca out of contention, he could receive his first cap for the national team on the right-hand side of the attack.

Finland possible starting lineup:
Joronen; Granlund, Toivio, Arajuuri, Raitala; Lod, Kamara, Sparv, Soiri; Pukki, Pohjanpalo

Bosnia possible starting lineup:
Sehic; Todorovic, Sanicanin, Mihojevic, Kolasinac; Cimirot, Pjanic, Krunic; Demirovic, Dzeko, Duljevic


 

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