Tom Kelly (@1TomKelly) previews Croatia v Wales and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Finland v Bosnia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 08/06/2019
- Time: 17:00
- Venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports Red Button
Ahead of this European qualifier both sides will be aiming for victory to help boost their odds of winning promotion from Group J, with these two sides being one of the bigger sides within their group.
At the moment, Bosnia remain undefeated within their group, securing a 2-1 victory against Armenia and settling for a draw versus Greece. Many Bosnian fans would have felt their most recent result against Greece wasn’t a fair refection of this particular game as Bosnia led the game at the interval 2-0. However, the Greeks managed to fight back during the second half and level the scores prior to the full-time whistle.
Finland, on the other hand, comfortably defeated Armenia 2-0 in their most recent Euro 2020 qualifier but unfortunately fell just short in their opening game, with the Italians recording a 2-0 victory of their own.
Both sides persist of strikers who certainly know where the back of the net is, as Edin Dzeko and Teemu Puki will feature in this European match-up. Since signing for Roma in 2015, the Bosnian striker has scored 65 times for the Italian side. Whereas Pukki, who had a stellar season for now Premier League side Norwich City, has converted on 33 occasions in a matter of just 48 games.
A handful of Finnish stars haven’t been selected for this upcoming set of European qualifiers, as the likes of Thomas Lam, Juhani Ojala, Markus Halsti and Kasper Hämäläinen,
On the other hand, Bosnia will be without Sead Kolasinac and Asmir Begovic as they are currently ruled out by injury. However, this provides goalkeeper Vladan Kovačević the opportunity to win his first cap for his country.
Potential Finland Starting XI: Hradecky, Toivomaiki, Toivio, Vaisanen, Pirinen, Lod, Kamara, Sparv, Taylor, Skrabb, Sadik
Potential Bosnia Starting XI: Kovacevic, Todorovic, Vranjes, Zubas, Nastic, Krunic, Pjanic, Cimirot, Visca, Dzeko, Zakaric
Head To Head
These two sides have only played each other on one occasion, back in 2004, and it was Bosnia who left the pitch the victors, recording a 1-0 win.
Key Stats & Facts
- Finland have never qualified for a major tournament.
- In European qualifiers, games which have involved Bosnia have had over 2.5 goals
- Finland 19/10
- Draw 21/10
- Bosnia 31/10
In my opinion, your money definitely has to be on Bosnia. Finland will certainly push Bosnia to the very end in search of all three points but due to the raw fire power that the Balkan side possess, it will simply be too much for Finland. Although I believe Bosnia will win, I do also believe based upon statistics that this will be a high scoring game.
Although Bosnia will have no trouble in finding the back of the net, their defence may suggest that both teams are likely to score. As mentioned previously, Bosnia recently conceded two second-half goals which lead to the Balkans drawing the game. Furthermore, with the likes of Begovic and Kolasinac absent from the side, Finland will almost certainly find the back of the net on at least one occasion.