21/03: Daily Predictions: Wales vs Finland

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When Finland and Wales square off in a highly anticipated EURO 2024 playoff match at Cardiff City Stadium, fireworks are sure to fly. Despite their impressive performances in the qualifiers, where they defeated a highly skilled Croatian squad at home, the Dragons ultimately concluded the competition in third place in the standings.

The experienced Teemu Pukki, who has already scored two goals for Minnesota United in the new Major League Soccer season, is still relied upon by the Finns.

Wales vs Finland

Wales participated in the previous two EUROs. Despite not making it out of their group, they will have a fantastic chance to advance through the promotion playoff. Wales will host Poland or Estonia in the championship match if they defeat Finland on Thursday. Wales is unbeaten in their previous six games after some outstanding play in the latter months of 2023. They drew 1-1 with Turkey at home in their last match.

Although Denmark and Slovenia ended with four more points than Finland in the Finnish EURO qualifying group, Markku Kanerva’s team was granted a second opportunity in the playoffs because of their strong Nations League record. Finland fared poorly in nearly all of their final five games, which contributed to their poor 2023 campaign. They defeated San Marino 2-1 away from home in their most recent match. Although Kanerva’s team prevailed in the match, Finnish supporters undoubtedly anticipated a far larger margin of victory against one of the world’s worst teams.

Markku Kanerva’s men finished third in Group H with six wins and four losses, only two of which came away from home.  The Eagle Owls beat Northern Ireland in Belfast and won in Astana, where Denmark failed to beat Kazakhstan, so a victory for the Finns would not be a total shock.

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Verdict

Since 2020, Wales and Finland have had three meetings. Wales prevailed in two of those three games, while the previous friendly match ended in a 0-0 draw in Helsinki. Robert Taylor, a midfield player who would have been a good bench option, and Marcus Forss, an injured player, will be absent for Kanerva due to their decision to remain with Inter Miami during the international break.
Joel Pohjanpalo will supply the firepower to guarantee Finland leaves its mark in Cardiff. He has been shutting them down for Venezia in Serie B this season. To use Ethan Ampadu in midfield, Page appears likely to split up the defensive duo of Joe Rodon and Ethan Ampadu of Leeds, which is something to consider going forward.

But with Dan James, David Brooks, and Harry Wilson all playing well and Brennan Johnson returning to form after three goals in his last seven Tottenham outings, Wales have enough talent to score as well. In a pinch, Kieffer Moore may also have an effect off the bench.

Wales should win the forthcoming match because they now appear too strong for Finland.

Tip: Over 2.5 Goals / Wales to Win

Over 2.5 Goals – ✅

Wales to Win – ✅

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