September 23, Helsinki – The Finnish national team will host Romania in the match of the 5th round of the League of Nations B, which will begin at 18:45 GMT.
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Nations League 2022-23
Finland enters the penultimate round of the UEFA Nations League in a difficult position after losing last time to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2-3), which led to consecutive defeats in Group B3.
Such results have thwarted what once looked promising to break into the FIFA top 50 (currently #59) and have now managed just two wins since the start of 2021.
Manager Markku Kanerva will now turn his attention to trying to keep his League B team’s status in jeopardy as his team sits just one point above basement dwellers and future Romanian rivals.
However, a return to Helsinki should automatically inspire confidence given that they have only lost one Nations League home match.
Romania’s campaign has been far below par so far, losing three out of four matches and not scoring in any of the defeats.
Their only victory was in a home match against Finland, where they went 1-0 away and extended their undefeated record to 13 games.
This means that the Finns are now the enemy they have faced the most without being defeated.
The team will look to get past their hosts, although just two wins in their last 12 away matches show that this will be easier said than done as a first goal could prove decisive for either side as at least one team failed in Romania score in eight of the last nine international matches.
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Players to watch
Finland’s all-time leading scorer Teemu Pukki scored his country’s first goal in 25 of his 29 scoring matches. The national team will rely on their teammate in this match.
George Puscas will try to make amends for missing a penalty kick in the reverse leg, as he has never been on the losing side when he scored for Romania.
Head to Head
Romania has dominated the history of this match with nine wins in the last 12 meetings between the teams. Finland has not yet won, and the trophies were shared three times.
Romania have lost three of their four group games so far, and have managed just one win in their last six outings across all competitions.
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|Finland win 2.35||Draw 3.30||Romania win 3.45|
Finland will be delighted with their chances to break the losing streak against Romania as this year’s results have been in contention.
Despite the decline in visitors, one can predict that they will do enough to get their share in this match.
Prediction for this match: Romania win.
- Game to have over 2.5 goals – No.