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Wales vs Finland Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
19 March 2024, 10:52

In another Euro Qualification Play Off match, Wales will host Finland, to determine who will face the winner of the Poland-Estonia pair. Both teams are determined to take this spot given that both Wales and Finland performed well in the group stage and were extremely close to the direct promotion. While the teams met with each other 8 times, the most recent matches were played in the framework of the UEFA Nations League, where Wales won twice (1-0, 3-1).

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Wales finished the group in third place, skipping ahead only Turkiye and Croatia. Albeit, the Dragons had quite an impressive run, and if not for the two unsuccessful matches against Armenia (2-4, 1-1), Wales could have been claiming the second spot, given that they had a win (2-1) and a draw (1-1) over the second-placed Croatia. In general, Robert Page built a versatile team which, according to some, began playing more interesting football after Gareth Bale’s resignation from football. Most of the team’s key players are representing Premier League clubs, while the others play in the Championship, one of the most demanding divisions in Europe. It is the physique qualities that allowed the Dragons to turn around matches and get necessary points.

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Finland also finished third with 18 points, with only four points difference with Denmark and Slovenia, who occupied the first two places in the Group H. At the same time, it was loses to these teams (twice to Denmark (1-3, 0-1) and once to Slovenia (0-3) that determined this points difference. In other games Finland looked cohesive, losing only one more game to Kazakhstan (1-2). Markku Kanerva called his best possible to the playoffs, with most of the players playing in Bundesliga and local championship. The team has several young wonderkids that are on the radars of big European clubs, such as Noah Pallas and Oliver Antman, and these playoff matches can become their moments to shine. At the same time, the squad has such veterans as Teemu Pukki and Lukas Hradecky, whose experience can be of extreme importance.

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Best odds: Wales vs Finland

Betting Tips for Wales vs Finland

Wales to Win

Despite the relatively similar of both teams during the group stage, Wales looks more cohesive at the moment. Moreover, the Dragons, due to the fact that most of the players come from the Premier League and Championship are more resistant to fatigue and generally more resilient than Finland. Unibet gives 1.90 for this Wales vs Finland prediction.

Both Teams to Score

Both teams look pretty decent in attack, with Wales scoring and conceding 10 goals during the group stage, while Finland scored 18 and conceded 10 as well. This match will probably not be a scoring show, given the emphasis of both on physical strength and accurate built-up rather than flanking fast game. In the last head-to-head match, the clash ended with a score 3-1, and it is quite possible that both will be again on the score sheet in this match as well. Wales vs. Finland odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 2.17.

First to Score - Wales

Wales scored first in the last 4 consecutive matches at the Cardiff City Stadium. Robert Page prefers to start matches actively, and given the massive support of the Dragons’ fans and supporters, the atmosphere in the stadium is expected to be an important factor for the team. In these circumstances, the chances of Wales to open the score are significantly higher, extending this scoring streak to five matches. Unibet gives 1.68 for this Wales vs Finland tip.

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