With Euro 2020 ongoing, we take a look at Finland vs Russia predictions and odds, which currently favour Russia at 1.65.
It is the Russians who will enjoy ‘home’ advantage given that this June 16 fixture will take place in Saint Petersburg, and given how well they played on their own turf in World Cup 2018, they have to be respected here.
But if qualification is to go by the visitors will prove to be no pushovers, and so the scene is set rather nicely for us to take a look at the two teams in our Russia vs Finland preview.
Given that they have enjoyed playing major competition football in front of their own supporters before, it’s no great surprise to see the Russians installed as the favourites in the Finland vs Russia betting odds at a price of 1.65.
That makes Finland an interesting underdog at odds of 5.75, while the draw can be backed at 3.75.
2. Russia vs Finland Preview
Two years is a long time in football, but many of the Russian players who performed so admirably in the World Cup on home soil will be back for another shot at glory at Euro 2020.
They qualified automatically for that tournament as the host nation, but they had to go about things the hard way to make it to the European Championships – winning eight of their ten qualification matches.
Ironically, their two defeats came at the hands of Belgium, their Group B nemesis. And that was also the case in their first Euro 2020 match on June 12, when they lost 3-0 with the Red Devils as well.
Otherwise, they were impressive in what was a pretty straightforward qualifier group. That said, it’s no mean feat to keep four clean sheets in five games on home soil, and to return a goal difference of +25 from ten matches is also an excellent effort.
This is a team with no airs and graces and no real superstars; just decent, hard working footballers who are able to perform to a level greater than the sum of their parts – especially when playing in Russia. If you are a fan of this team and want to back them with your bets, we encourage you to read also our preview including Russia vs Denmark betting odds.
Finland have an almighty task on their hands here then, but at least they too can take some heart from a successful qualification campaign.
They won 6/10 matches, including solid victories over the likes of Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, the concern for them will be a real vulnerability away from home, losing to Italy (0-2), Greece (1-2) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (1-4). They also defeated Denmark, who were the favourites on June 12, however taking into consideration what happened to Eriksen, one of the Danish best players, during the match, there is no surprise that Danes were not as focused and effective as they would otherwise be.
While Russia are a ‘team’ in every sense of the word, you suspect that Finland’s hopes largely rest on the shoulders of Teemu Pukki, who bludgeoned ten goals in qualifying and who has also been in excellent scoring form for Norwich in the English Premier League.
As far as our Russia vs Finland predictions are concerned, if the Russians can stop Pukki then they should win this game with ease.
If you are interested in other matches played by Finland during Euro 2020 tournament, you may find our review including Finland vs Belgium betting odds worth reading as well.
While not an open-and shut case, we do expect Russia to sneak a win from this game.
They have more recent big tournament experience than Finland, and they arguably have more quality than their opponents – who will be almost exclusively reliant on Pukki for goals. He netted 10 of their tally of 16 in qualifying.
I'm so excited and I can't wait to play those games. It's the biggest dream of my career to go to a major tournament with Finland. It's been a dream for all Finnish football people everywhere, and we finally did it for the first time ever. - Teemu Pukki, Sky Sports
So, as far making Russia vs Finland betting tips goes, we have to be supporting the home team with our wagers.
That said, we don’t expect there to be a glut of goals in this one. Russia don’t concede many in front of their own supporters, while for Finland it’s almost a case of Pukki or nothing as far as finding the net is concerned.
As such, our second betting tip for this match is to back the Under 2.5 Goals line at 1.61.
All countries playing in Euro 2020 have their own broadcasting rules, so you should check your local listings if you want to watch this game unfold.
Of course, there will be plenty of options available when it comes to watching a Russia vs Finland live stream, including – perhaps – via your bookmakers’ streaming channel. Check their schedule for more details.
5. Russia vs. Finland FAQ
5.1 🏆Which team is the favourite according to Russia vs. Finland betting odds?
The favourite in this game is Russia with odds of 1.65 at Bet365.
5.2 ❓What are the odds for Finland to win?
The odds for Finland to win the match are 5.75.
5.3 📺 Where can I watch Finland vs. Russia online?
You can both use our Russia vs. Finland betting odds to back your favourite and watch the live stream on your favourite bookmaker's website, such as 1XBET or Bet365.