Northern Ireland vs Finland predictions and betting tips on March 26, 2023
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On March 26, Windsor Park (Belfast) will host the match of the second round of the Euro 2024 Qualification, in which Northern Ireland will compete with Finland. The battle will start at 20:45 CET.
The team has got O’Neill back. Being under the rule of this mentor, a modest team was able to achieve maximum results. It turned out to get to the first “big tournament” for decades – the Euro 2016. Moreover, the team beat Ukraine there, which allowed it to get to the 1/8 final stage. Then, the opponents got used to the style of “the Northern Irish”, and the manager, willing to try his hand at club football, left. His successor, Baraclough, didn’t demonstrate the desired results. The previous UEFA Nations League proves the higher mentioned fact – being in the company with Greece, Kosovo and Cyprus, the team got 5 points in 6 matches, and only by means of the additional indicators was able to stay in the same League. It goes without saying that the return of Michael to the coaching position caused a “surge” of enthusiasm. Moreover, the debut coincided with the match against San Marino. As a result, there happened a confident, but not bright, 2-0 victory.
The national team, being under the rule of Markku Kanerva, demonstrated some good results lately. First, it is reasonable to mention the debut tournament – the Euro 2020. The team, even if we take into account that the Danish opponent was more than shocked by the loss of Eriksen, managed to win there. And after that, there were pretty good results both in the qualification for the World Cup and in the previous UEFA Nations League. On the other hand, “the Suomi” showed rather mediocre statistics of the performance. And the new cycle began with a trip to Copenhagen, to Denmark. The team was able to make a reply for the first conceded goal, but, having “blown” away in the very end of the game, “the Suomi” lost with a 1-3 score.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Northern Ireland has got a slight advantage: 4 wins and 3 losses in 9 head-to-head matches. And, that is the most important thing, it has not lost to Finland for four times in a row.
Bookmakers consider the opponents to be equal. The following battle seems to be a duel to the first scored goal. Thus, it is reasonable to bet on “total: under 2.0” (odd: 1.94).
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