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Ukraine vs Finland Prediction & Match Preview



Ukraine vs Finland Prediction & Match Preview



28 March 2021 18:45 UK/ 19:45 CET World Cup Qual

Buoyed by a draw with France, Ukraine will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face Finland in Kiev. 

Andrii Shevchenko’s troops showed character in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign, with Man City ace Zinchenko once again proving his worth. 

Given Ukraine’s display in the draw with les Tricolores, Shevchenko is unlikely to make changes to the starting XI.

Finland, on the other hand, shared the spoils with Bosnia (2-2) in their opener, with Teemu Pukki scoring a brace. 

Markku Kanerva’s troops are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and given Ukraine’s attacking potential, we believe that punters can find value in betting on both teams to score. 

Union Berlin forward Joel Pohjanpalo is pushing for a start for the visitors. You should know that Ukraine defeated Finland 2-1 in the previous meeting between the two sides in a competitive match.

Ukraine vs Finland Head-to-head

Teams Ukraine Finland played so far 2 matches.
Ukraine won 2 direct matches. Finland won 0 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.00 goals per Match.

Ukraine vs Finland Prediction

Ukraine in actual season average scored 1.38 goals per match. In 8 (61.54%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (46.15%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Finland average scored 1.38 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (70.59%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (35.29%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Ukraine, already without Ihor Kharatin and Viktor Korniienko, have lost Taras Stepanenko, Artem Besedin and Viktor Tsygankov to injury.

The back five formation used by Shevchenko against France clearly paid off, but this is a game Ukraine are expected to win so a back four is more likely.

Ruslan Malinovskiy has three goals and four assists for Atalanta this term and should get the nod in attack, alongside Oleksandr Zubkov and Roman Yaremchuk.

As for Finland, they have no known injury concerns on the back of the draw with Bosnia.

However, Onni Valakari lasted only 45 minutes on Wednesday and may make way from the starting lineup versus Ukraine.

Tim Sparv is among those in contention to return to the XI after starting on the bench last time out.

Ukraine possible starting lineup:
Bushchan; Karavaev, Kryvtsov, Matvienko, Mykolenko; Shaparenko, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko; Malinovskiy, Yaremchuk, Zubkov

Finland possible starting lineup:
Joronen; Toivio, Arajuuri, Raitala; Alho, Sparv, Kamara, Taylor, Hamalainen; Pukki, Pohjanpalo