Wales v Finland Preview

November 15, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_newInternational Friendly action Saturday Evening comes from The Cardiff City Stadium featuring Wales versus Finland.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 18:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Wales v Finland Preview, International Friendly, Saturday 16th November 2013

With much of the talk regarding Wales being about manager Chris Coleman, the nation were please to hear recently that Coleman is understood to have signed a new 2 year extension to his contract instead of being lured by the Crystal Palace job. It will now allow the Welshman to purely focus on getting Wales through the 2016 Euro qualifiers.

Finland have faced the Welsh on a few occasions in recent years with the last in 2009 during the qualifying for the last World Cup where Finland managed to win both encounters home and away. More news with Ajax’s Niklas Moisander being named the Finish player of the year this week and will again captain his country come Saturday against Wales.

Wales v Finland Team News

Wales Team News:

Great news for the nations fans with both Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and Arsenals in form midfielder Aaron Ramsey reporting for duty ahead of the weekends game against Finland. With the form both of these players are in it will surely boost Wales chances of a much needed win.

Finland Team News:

Celtic striker Teemu Pukki is looking likely to lead the line for Finland on Saturday with Finish Player of the Year Niklas Moisander set to start also being the nations captain. We could also see under 21 striker Tim Vayrynen handed his debut being one of two uncapped players in the current squad.

Wales v Finland Head to Head Statistics

In the last 5 head to head statistics we can see Finland are the team with better quality having won 3 of the battles and then drawing 1 which would give them the better advantage here coming into this friendly on Saturday.

10/10/09 WQE Finland – Wales
2 : 1
28/03/09 WQE Wales – Finland
0 : 2
10/09/03 ECQ Wales – Finland 1 : 1
07/00/02 ECQ Finland – Wales
0 : 2
28/03/00 FRI Wales – Finland 1 : 2

Average Goals Per Game?

In the last 5 head to head games there has been 12 goals scored which gives us an average of 2.4 goals per game, which should indicate we see at least a couple of goals on Saturday at The Cardiff City Stadium.

Wales v Finland Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Wales: D W L L D

Finland: L W L W D

With that extra win it puts Finland in a better position when it comes down to form, but with being away to Wales you would have to give the home side the advantage here.

Wales v Finland Match Betting Odds Market.

Wales are the favourites just slightly for Saturdays game with being at home with the best odds currently @ 5/4 with Betfred – £50 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

The Draw may well be an option here but I can honestly see both teams looking to attack to grab a winner, so the odds are sitting @ 12/5 with Ladbrokes – £30 Free Bets when Registering a New Account.

Finland are only just behind Wales in regards to who is the favourite, which is spot on with recent results in their favor. The best odds are currently @ 5/2 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

Wales v Finland Match Betting Tips, Predictions & First Goal Scorer Bets.

With all of todays statistics taken into account the main factor that is persuading my prediction is the return of Welsh due Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. The two of them are in fine form right now after Bale himself has starting to fire on all cylinders more recently with scoring regular goals for Spanish giants Real Madrid. Aaron Ramsey is also on fire for Premiership side Arsenal who sit atop the league having recently lost 1 – 0 to Manchester United.

With those two players playing I can see Wales taking the game to Finland and coming out 3 – 1 victors on the night. I also believe either of them will score as well, if not both of them as they are both scoring freely now for their domestic clubs. So yes, my first prediction will be for Wales to win 3 – 1 over the ninety minutes and with Gareth Bale scoring a brace.

The Verdict

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