Finland vs Kosovo
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Monday; 5-September-2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Veritas Stadion, Turku.
Kosovo national football team make their competitive debut when they face Finland for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture on Monday evening at the Veritas Stadium in Turku.
The hosts for Monday night, Finland have never qualified for World Cup or the European Championship. They had a miserable campaign during the Euro 2016 qualification phase where they finished fourth in their group above Greece and Faroe Islands. They were in action in an international friendly against Germany on Wednesday night, which they lost by 2-0. This also marked their 6th defeat in 7 games.
Kosovo are making their first ever appearance in a competitive match. They received an official UEFA and FIFA membership on May 2016. They have only played 7 official matches as a team from 2014 to 2016 and their overall record reads 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 loss. Their latest match was against the minnows Faroe Islands in which they won 2-0.
Finland vs Kosovo: Head-to-Head
This will be the first ever official meeting between these two sides.
Finland vs Kosovo: Prediction
Finland’s form is nothing to write about as they have lost in 6 of their last 7 matches. However, facing an inexperienced side like Kosovo is a perfect opportunity to end their bad run of results. But the stats do not show a comfortable line to back Finland to grab a win here. Based on the form analysis, Kosovo have an equal chance to come out with a win from their European World Cup Qualifier. So betting on a full time result for this match involves high risk and it is better to look into other markets.
Considering Finland’s poor form they are expected to adopt a defensive approach regardless of the opposition strength and weaknesses. Also they have plenty of trouble in scoring goals as they have failed to score in 6 of their last 7 matches. So this is expected to see under 2.5 goals. Also a half-time draw is quite possible.
Finland vs Kosovo: Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 13/20 (1.65)
First Half Draw at 11/10 (2.10).