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Nations League 8 September Finland vs Hungary preview

Nations League 8 September Finland vs Hungary preview

Finland vs Hungary 19:00 Ratinan Stadion, Tampere
Odds 2.26 – 3.10 – 3.40 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is the opening match for both teams in the new UEFA Nations League C-League, Group 2. The other two teams in this same group are Estonia and Greece.

Finland team news:

Finland comes into this match with full of confidence. They had a bad start in their World Cup qualifiers which resulted them in sacking their head coach Hans Backe. After they hired interim head coach Markku Kanerva, the results have improved considerably. They finished the qualifiers with wins over Iceland and Kosovo and draws against Croatia and Turkey. They have continued this form with friendly wins over Estonia, Jordan, Malta and Belarus. They drew with FYR Macedonia and lost only to Romania.

Finland has a few questions marks in this team. The biggest issue is in the midfield. NY City midfielder Alexander Ring was not included due to not being fully match fit. Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara got injured after being initially included and now Captain Tim Sparv has a small injury and is a serious doubt for this match. Finland does not have much depth on this position so they are a bit down from their usual level. Depending on if they will play two or three in the midfield, the most likely players are Lod, Schuller and either Halsti, Lam or Kauko.

Central defense could be an issue as normal starting duo Paulus Arajuuri and Sauli Väisänen are out of form in their clubs. Arajuuri has only played a few games this season with Brondby and when he has played, the team has struggled defensively. Väisänen is yet to play a game this season for Serie B side Crotone. Either one could be replaced by either Toivio or Lam, but even they have not played that much this season for their clubs.

Another question is the starting goalkeeper. Finland´s number one keeper Lukas Hradecky has been injured and has not played a game yet this season. He is selected and is available. Even if he cannot play against Hungary, Finland has FC Copenhagen goalkeeper Jesse Joronen who has started this season in superb form, keeping a clean sheet in his last three games including knocking out Atalanta from the Europa League group stages. Missing out on Hradecky, thus won´t be a problem for Finland.

Despite Finland not having many star players, their biggest strength is in their organised team play. Finland defends well which can be seen in the stats. Finland has conceded only 6 goals in their last 10 games. At the same time, they have hit the target 17 times. They are not an easy team to beat.

Missing players:

Key players who are not included due to injury or some other reason are Glen Kamara, Alexander Ring, Frederik Jensen, Moshtagh Yaghoubi and Joel Pohjanpalo. Tim Sparv is also a doubt for this match.

Hungary team news:

Hungary, who played in the EURO 2016, has been in opposite form compared to Finland at least looking at their last friendly games. During this year, they have lost to Australia, Scotland and Kazakhstan. With Belarus they drew 1-1. From their last 15 games, they have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 11 times. With their new head coach Marco Rossi, they are looking at a fresh start in order to make it into the EURO 2020. They will miss a couple of key players in this match like captain Balasz Dzsudzsak, Daniel Bode and Zoltan Gera. Their only offensive threat is Adam Szalai so if Finland can keep him in check, there should not be many goals for the visitors.

The team have met 10 times in their history with Hungary winning 5 and Finland 2. The last time these teams met was for the EURO 2016 qualifications where Hungary won both games 1-0.

Missing players:

Captain Balasz Dzsudzsak, Daniel Bode and Zoltan Gera

Expected Starting Line ups:

Finland: Hradecky – Uronen, Arajuuri, Väisänen, Granlund – Lod, Schuller, Kauko, Taylor – Karjalainen – Pukki
Hungary: Gulácsi – Kádár, Lovrensics, Fiola, Lang -Stieber, Nagy, Kleinheisler, Kalmár – Sallai, Szalai

Prediction:

Under 2.5 goals and Finland Draw no bet.

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