Finland vs Estonia Match Analysis & Prediction
12/01/2023 7:00 pm
Finland and Estonia will both round off their trips to Portugal on Thursday when they meet in an international friendly in Albufeira.
While Estonia played out a draw with Iceland in their last friendly on Sunday, their opponents suffered a defeat to Sweden.
Finland were most recently in competitive action in September, as they closed out their UEFA Nations League campaign with a draw against Romania and a 2-0 victory away at Montenegro to leapfrog the latter and finish second in their group.
The Huuhkajat will now have an eye on the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifying, which begins with matches against Denmark and Northern Ireland in March, after they reached the group stage for the first time in the delayed 2020 competition, ultimately bowing out after a victory and two defeats.
Estonia will also be seeking a victory ahead of the European Championship qualifying, with the Sinisargid off the back of a draw with Iceland and a third-placed finish in the Baltic Cup late last year.
Thomas Haberli’s side met Latvia in the semi-final of that competition in November, and after Sergei Zenjov’s second-minute opener was cancelled out by a Raimonds Krollis equaliser, the tie went to a penalty shootout, which Estonia fell short in.
That saw them drop into the third-place playoff, and Estonia were able to prevail with a 2-0 victory over Lithuania through goals from Zenjov and Rasmus Peetson before returning to action in Portugal on Sunday with a game against Iceland.
Estonia will now aim to make a return to winning ways in the second and final friendly of their trip before concluding the preparations for the qualifying campaign.
Finland vs. Estonia Head to head
In the previous 15 meetings between these two nations, Finland have claimed seven victories while Estonia have won five, and they have drawn in three. Estonia have scored 16 goals and conceded 26 in the process.
Finland Team News
Finland captain and Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky remained in his club, leaving Peterborough United’s Lucas Bergstrom to earn his first international cps between the sticks.
All-time top scorer Teemu Pukki has also stayed with Norwich City, while Agon Sadiku may again feature up front alongside Kai Meriluoto.
Finland's Last 5 Matches
Estonia Team News
Defenders Ragnar Klavan, Artur Pikk and Karol Mets are all absent from the Estonia squad, as are midfielders Vladislav Kreida and Mattias Kait.
Forwards Henri Anier and Rauno Sappinen are also set to miss out, while midfielder Konstantin Vasseljev is expected to feature in the midfield again.
Estonia's Last 5 Matches
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