Finland have the same points total as Ukraine in Group D despite playing one game fewer than the Eastern Europeans. Amazingly, Ukraine are yet to lose or win a game in qualifying as they have drawn each of their opening five fixtures, and Group D, on the whole, has become the ‘group of draws' as each side has played out at least two stalemates apiece so far.
Finland vs Ukraine: Top Three Bets
Here are our predictions for Finland vs Ukraine
- Football Whispers Prediction one: Full-Time Result – Draw @ 21/10
- Football Whispers Prediction two: Both Teams to Score – BTTS @ 1/1
- Football Whispers Prediction three: Anytime Goalscorer – Pukki to Score @ 23/10
These two countries played out a draw when they met back in March and we're predicting Ukraine's run of stalemates to continue this weekend. Finland have only won two of their last six matches in all competitions and Ukraine have not only drawn all five qualifying games so far, but they also drew with Czech Republic in a friendly last month.
Both teams have scored in each of the previous two meetings between Finland and Ukraine and we're backing goals in Saturday's clash for both sides as well. Four of Ukraine's last five fixtures have ended with both teams getting on the scoreboard and we're predicting the same outcome this weekend.
Pukki to Score
Finland rely heavily on the goals of Pukki and we're backing the Norwich striker to get on the scoresheet against Ukraine this weekend. 31-year-old Pukki has netted 30-goals in 96 appearances for Finland and so far during qualifying for Qatar 2022, the forward has netted three times and if anyone is going to score for the hosts this weekend, then Pukki is the obvious choice.
All you need to know ahead of Finland vs Ukraine
Will Ukraine finally win their first qualifying game on the 6th attempt?
Finland went down 2-0 away at France in their last qualifying match but are unbeaten in their last two home games against Kazakhstan and Wales. Mäenpää, Uronen, Väisänen, O'Shaughnessy, Pirinen, Sparv, Kauko, Forss and Karjalainen are a selection of the recent Finland call-ups that didn't make the latest squad for a number of reasons, but there is still enough quality in the home side to secure a positive result on Saturday.
Ukraine we're held to a 1-1 draw away at Czech Republic in September and will be desperate to end their run of draws in the World Cup qualifiers this weekend. However, the visitors will be without the services of Mykolenko, Zinchenko, Malinovskyi, Konoplyanka, Kovalenko, Kravets and Moraes this week and Ukraine are likely to rely on Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk for goals.
Finland: Hrádecký, Joronen, Eriksson, Arajuuri, Toivio, Väisänen, Hämäläinen, Alho, Raitala, Ivanov, Ojala, Lam, Granlund, Kamara, Taylor, Jensen, Schüller, Nissilä, Valakari, Lod, Niskanen, Pukki, Pohjanpalo, Riski.
Ukraine: Pyatov, Bushchan, Riznyk, Matviyenko, Karavayev, Kryvtsov, Sobol, Zabarnyi, Tymchyk, Shabanov, Korniyenko, Syrota, Yarmolenko, Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Tsyhankov, Shaparenko, Zubkov, Kharatin, Buletsa, Pikhalyonok, Yaremchuk, Dovbyk, Sikan.
Finland vs Ukraine – FAQ
- Who are the favourites to win? – Ukraine are the expected winners.
- What was the score when these two teams last met? – Ukraine 1-1 Finland, 28/3/21.
- What time is kick-off? – 17:00 GMT, 18:00 CET