2020-21 UEFA Nations League: Wales vs Finland

Wales welcome Finland to the Cardiff City Stadium in a massive UEFA Nations League showdown as both teams look to claim promotion to League A.

Victory or a draw would see Wales promoted to League A whereas Finland must simply win to snatch promotion from the grasps of their Welsh opponents.

 

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Ben Davies is Wales’ only absentee after picking up his second yellow card within League B4 during Sunday’s win over Republic of Ireland and is therefore suspended for this match.

Finland have a near full squad available for selection with Joel Pohjanpalo their only absentee after suffering an ankle injury in Bulgaria on Sunday.

 

Stat Attack

  • Wales are unbeaten in three of their last five meetings against Finland in all competitions (W1, D2, L2).
  • Finland are unbeaten in their last five trips to Wales (W2, D3).
  • Wales come into this clash unbeaten in their last nine home games across all competitions (W7, D2).

 

Prediction

Wales have shown how unpredictable their tactics can be after opting for a back five against Ireland on Sunday which nullified the attacking threat of their Irish opposition, whilst nicking a huge goal themselves from David Brooks’ clinical headed finish to set up this epic promotion decider.

Finland however are a strong team so I suspect Wales might switch to a back four and try to play more attacking football than they did on Sunday, because they know that the longer it stays goalless the more desperate Finland will be which could well allow them to find a late winner.

It is worth noting though that Finland are unbeaten in their last five trips to Wales so they will be confident of getting a result here, especially in an empty stadium which is what Wales probably could do with given the magnitude of this fixture but I reckon the Welsh might just have edge now Gareth Bale is back in the team alongside emerging talent like David Brooks and Daniel James.

Prediction: Wales 2-1 Finland

Result: Wales 3-1 Finland

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