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Finland v Russia betting tips: Debutants one step away from knockout stage

| 03.06.2021

Finland find themselves just a win away from booking their place in the knockout stage having beaten Denmark in their opening Group B game which was overshadowed by Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest approaching half-time.

Denmark were dominating the game when tragedy nearly struck but they were a different team when they resumed the game a couple of hours after kick-off as Joel Pohjanpalo gave the Finns a 1-0 win in their first appearance at a major tournament.

They are 5/1 outsiders to win Wednesday’s next group match in St Petersburg and we’ve highlighted some of the markets and odds in our Finland v Russia betting tips.

Match Odds

Finland went into Euro 2020 on the back of a six-match winless run having lost their last three friendlies, one of which came against minnows Estonia, so their confidence could not have been high especially as Teemu Pukki had been out injured.

Russia qualified as runners-up to Belgium, who beat them 3-0 in St Petersburg on Saturday, but they start as 4/6 favourites to beat the Finns or 5/2 to draw.

Artem Dzyuba Russia

Stanislav Cherchesov’s players offered very little against Belgium, especially in the first half, but despite making five substitutions Russia failed to trouble Thibaut Courtois.

Russia’s last five competitive matches have produced at least three goals which is available at 13/10 while a win and both teams to score can be backed at 17/5 bearing in mind the hosts recently conceded against Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia, hardly world heavyweights.

Finland have been drawing 0-0 at the break in their last three meaningful games which is 13/10 or 19/20 for the teams to be level after 45 minutes.

Talking Tactics

Russia went with a 4-2-3-1 formation against Belgium but found their opponents impossible to break down.

Cherchesov substituted Daler Kuzyayev’s replacement Denis Cheryshev so it is likely the Russia boss will make changes for the Finland clash having admitted he was unhappy with the way his team reacted to going a goal down in the 10th minute.

Finland head coach Markku Kanerva played a 5-3-2 against Denmark with Pukki and goalscorer Pohjanpalo leading the attack and that’s how they are likely to line up in St Petersburg.

Goalscorer Odds

Pohjanpalo got the winner in Copenhagen having scored a double in a 3-2 defeat by Switzerland in a friendly in March.

The Bayer Leverkusen striker, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Hamburg and Union Berlin in the Bundesliga, is 9/1 to break the deadlock again and 9/2 to score, although Pukki is the favourite in both markets at 7/1 and 3/1.

Russia’s heavyweight forward Artem Dzyuba is 9/4 to get the ball rolling and 10/11 to get on the scoresheet.

Match Info

Where: St Petersburg Stadium

When: 14:00, Wednesday 16th June

How to watch: BBC 1

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Warren Barner