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International friendly 5 June: Romania vs Finland

International friendly 5 June: Romania vs Finland

Romania vs Finland 20:30 Stadionul Ilie Oana, Ploiesti
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This is a friendly match which will act as preparation for the Nations League that will start in September. The teams last met in the European Championship qualifiers in 2014 and 2015 with Romania winning in Finland 0-2 and the match in Romania finishing 1-1. Since then, both teams have changed quite a bit.

Romania team news:

Romania will be a good challenge for Finland as they have been in good form after their World Cup Qualifiers ended in their friendlies. They have won four out of their five including Israel and Sweden in March and just a few days ago they beat Chile 3-2.

Missing players:

From this friendly they will be without experienced Chiriches, D. Grigore, R. Marin, Pintilli and Fl. Andone. All of these players would be starting line-up players. With this squad, their offense looks quite weak. They did score 3 goals against Chile (who were also missing many regular players), but they played 60 minutes with a man advantage. The 3 forwards, who were chosen to these friendlies, have played only 10 games in total for Romania scoring a total of 2 goals.

Finland team news:

Finland is right now on an 8-game unbeaten run. Ever since they hired Markku Kanerva as head coach, he has made the team defend a lot better and the results have improved. In those eight games, Finland has conceded only 4 goals.

As this is not an official international, the Finnish head coach Kanerva has had to make certain agreements with the clubs regarding how much the players can play. This will take away many of his options for tactical changes.

Missing players:

This game though will put their unbeaten run to a test. Out of the players who were chosen, the Finnish defense and offense look quite weak. They only have two clear central defenders (Väisänen and Toivio) and neither of them have played that much recently for their club teams. The full backs and midfield are almost the best they can be (except they miss Ring) but the forward line also looks weak without their two best strikers Pukki and Pohjanpalo or their two main attacking midfielders Hämäläinen and Jensen.

Expected Starting Line ups:

Romania: Lung – Tosca, Sapunaru, Balasa, Benzar – Chipciu, Nedelcu, Baluta, Cialdau, Rotariu – Puscas
Finland: Hradecky – Uronen, Väisänen, Toivio, Raitala, Taylor – Lod, Sparv, Kamara – Skrabb, Sadik


Finland can put out a fairly strong starting line-up but when they will start doing changes, the level will drop a lot. You need to look at the starting line-ups but potentially it will be the 2nd half that will see more of the action and goals. With so many key players missing from Finland, Romania should win. Other good betting options are Half time draw or Draw/Romania HT/FT.

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