Finland go into their second round of group F matches as leaders of the table as they get ready to host Greece, the unexpected team placed on the 5th place. Greece were deemed as favorites in the first home match, which they ended up losing against Romania, while Finland displayed great determination when they came from behind a goal to win against Faroe Island.
Finland scored the three goals they won against Faroe Island in the second half when Riku Risky scored a brace and Eremenko made it 1-3 for the visitors. The team is pushing for a qualification now that the competition format has been expanded, and they have an advantage over Greece in the fact that the visitors have been unable to win against them in recent history. Finland’s coach injected some youth into the team as he allowed talents like Pukki, Riski and Pohjanpalo to shine while blending them into a team that promised much but did not deliver.
Greece showed a decent performance in Brazil, but lost their first match to Romania, yet the players are still confident in their qualification chances, with Manolas stating, “We didn’t create chances and nothing really worked for us. Our qualification is not in danger, though.” Claudio Ranieri took over the team, and the players are still to adjust to new formats. The injuries are not helping the visitors either as Sokratis, Christodoulopoulos, Kone and Holebas are tipped to miss the match against the group leaders. Against Greece is also the fact that while at home they played in sunny conditions, in Helsinki they will face possible rain, and at the very best +10 degrees Celsius.
Greece are still a team able to produce a surprise for which Ladbrokes credits them with 2.37 odds. Finland gets 3.00 odds for an outright win. Both teams to score have 2.15 odds, over 2.5 goals has 2.55 odds and a goal line of +2.0 has 1.93 odds. The second half to have the majority of goals has 2.15 odds, while the first one has 3.20 odds. Mitroglu as an anytime goalscorer has 3.25 odds, Samaras 3.80 and Karelis 4.00. For Finland, Pukki and Pohjanpalo both have 3.80 odds to score anytime, while Riski has 4.50 and we’re betting 7 units on Eremenko to score anytime at 5.00 with Ladbrokes.