Finland got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a great start after earning all three points in their game in Copenhagen against Denmark. In their first-ever major international tournament, Joel Pohjanpalo was the man to provide the difference with his 59th-minute goal which proved to be the winner. However, the game will be remembered for the worrying events regarding Denmark’s Christian Eriksen.
There were very few positives to take for Russia from their opening game against Belgium which saw Roberto Martinez’s side run out comfortable 3-0 victors. Stanislav Cherchesov will be glad to have gotten the game against the Red Devils out of the way and will feel their tournament starts on Wednesday in what looks like a must-win game for his Russia side if they are to progress.
Saturday’s victory will be a huge boost for Finland in their hopes of defying the odds and progressing beyond the group stages. However, with Belgium awaiting them in the final game of the group, Wednesday’s game in Saint Petersburg looks like a huge opportunity at adding another three points to their tally.
Russia will be looking to put Saturday’s defeat behind them and draw some inspiration from their 2018 World Cup run which saw them reach the final eight of the tournament. Cherchesov’s men failed to top their group back in 2018 and it looks like they could already be chasing after the second spot of Group B this summer.
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Finland vs Russia: Match Stats
Teemu Pukki may have had a quiet afternoon in front of goal on Saturday, but he will have been encouraged by what he saw in Belgium’s victory over Russia on that evening. Romelu Lukaku’s second goal came through the Inter Milan striker finding space in behind the Russia defence. The Finnish striker came into the tournament with 26 goals in the 2020/21 Championship campaign and will be looking to open his account in this summer’s tournament.
The game on Saturday was the first time in eight matches Finland had kept a clean sheet and they have Tottenham Hotspur’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to thank for that after his dreadful penalty was comfortably saved in the second half. With Russia’s defence coming undone fairly easily on Saturday evening, we expect both sides to get their opportunities in front of goal.
Finland vs Russia: Corner Stats
Despite taking all three points in their game in Copenhagen, Markku Kanerva’s side did so without having a single corner in the whole 90 minutes of the game. Russia, despite their struggles, were able to better Finland’s total of zero corners but not by much with just four to their name in the game against Belgium.
Finland vs Russia: Cards Stats
In their opening game against Denmark, the Fins were awarded two yellow cards. However, the more surprising stat is Russia not receiving any yellow cards against Belgium despite taking a hefty beating against Martinez’s side – showing they are capable of keeping their head in terms of discipline.
Finland vs Russia: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Finland 1-1 Russia
Finland vs Russia: Odds
Finland vs Russia: Head to Head
10 June 2009 – Finland 0-3 Russia – World Cup Qualifier
15 October 2008 – Russia 3-0 Finland – World Cup Qualifier
15 November 1995 – Russia 3-1 Finland – Euros Qualifier
16 August 1995 – Finland 0-6 Russia – Euros Qualifier
There have only ever been four meetings between these two sides in the past and quite clearly they have all gone in the favour of Russia. Cherchesov will be hoping for more of the same on Wednesday but Finland will have their eyes on adding more points to their quest to progress from Group B.