Gazprom Arena will be hosting Finland against Russia in the first match of matchday two. After upsetting the home fans in Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia will be looking to bounce back from a crucial defeat.
The two teams have played against each other on four occasions, and the Russians won all four games in that period while scoring 15 goals.
Finland 0-1 Russia
Finland 0-1 Russia
Despite winning zero games out of their last six, Finland managed to beat a Danes side after Eriksen was sent to the hospital due to cardiac arrest.
As monumental as the tournament’s first game was for Finnish players, the scoreline faded into insignificance after an unexpected turn of events.
The fans criticized both teams after they decided to resume the match. The focus, though, was on Christian Eriksen, the Inter Milan sensation.
In conclusion, Kanerva and his men will be looking to carry forward the victory.
The difficult part for the Russians is over. They will now be looking to make the most of their remaining fixtures by fetching a win against Finland and Denmark.
However, that would be easier said than done for Russia, especially after Finland’s confidence after their recent victory.
Russia needs to win their remaining matches to keep their hopes alive for having a shot at the glory, and they will be looking forward to kickstarting it from here.
We’re expecting the two teams to line up like the following:
Finland: Hradecky; O’Shaughnessy, Arajuuri, Toivio; Uronen, Kamara, Sparv, Lod, Raitala; Pukki, Pohjanpalo
Russia: Shunin; Mário Fernandes, Semenov, Dzhikiya, Karavaev; Barinov, Ozdoev; Zobnin, Miranchuk, Golovin; Dzyuba
It shouldn’t be a hard match to predict, given the two teams’ form.
Our prediction: Finland 0-1 Russia
After a brutal defeat for Russia by the Belgians, we’re expecting the group to become wide open after matchday two. And for that matter, we are predicting a win for Russia.
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