Finland vs Bulgaria Prediction, 10/11/2020 UEFA Nations League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Finland vs Bulgaria
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020
Location: Helsingin Olympiastadion in Helsinki, Finland
TV: ESPN 3
Odds/Point Spread: Finland (-135) Bulgaria (+102)
Bozhidar Kraev and Bulgaria (0-1-1 in Nations League) travel to Helsingin Olympiastadion on Sunday where they'll take on Finland (1-0-1 in Nations League). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Lukáš Hrádecký for Finland and Georgi Georgiev for Bulgaria. The moneyline on this game has Finland priced at -135 and the Bulgarians are priced at +102. The over/under is set at 2.
Finland as a team have 1 goal this tournament, which ranks them 38th in the UEFA Nations League. They have launched 20 shots at the opposition with 7 on target, which is a 35.0% SOT percentage. Finland has been able to control possession for 51% of contests.
Teemu Pukki is a player who should be able to impact this match for the Finns. Pukki has been in the starting lineup in 257 games in his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.50 goals per 90. The forward hailing from Finland has totaled 130 goals scored in 23,353 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 38 assists while accumulating 19 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. One more player who could decide who wins is Joel Pohjanpalo, the forward taking the field for Finland. Pohjanpalo has been on the field for 8,825 minutes in 92 starts and has been handed a total of 8 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 7 times in his career and he has scored 51 goals. He is averaging 0.52 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Finland will be Lukáš Hrádecký. Hrádecký (116-75-96 mark in his career) has earned 89 shutouts, which has earned him a 30.9% clean sheet rate. The goalie playing for Finland has seen 1,177 shots sent in his direction in 288 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.25 (361 total goals surrendered) and he has a save percentage of .702. Hrádecký has played for 25,919 mins and has 825 stops during his pro soccer career.
As we sit, they are controlling possession of the ball 43.5% of the time. The Bulgarians average a total of 2 shots on target per 90 minutes while having a total of 1 goal so far. They have been able to hit on 30.8% of their shots out of 13 shots.
Bozhidar Kraev should provide a spark for Bulgaria. He sports an average of 0.32 goals per 90 and has started 62 outings so far in his career. The midfielder hailing from Bulgaria has accumulated 8,855 minutes and has earned 31 goals. He has accounted for 21 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Todor Nedelev, the midfielder representing for Bulgaria. Nedelev has been given a total of 20 yellow card warnings in 16,205 mins (186 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his pro soccer career is 0.36. He has accounted for 65 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 36 different times.
Georgi Georgiev will be residing in front of the goal for Bulgaria. Georgiev has racked up 18 shutouts while defending 173 shots attempted against him in 7,412 mins throughout his career. He has a save % of .699 and his shutout rate sits at 22.0%. He has allowed 0.98 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 27-16-40. So far in his career, Georgiev has allowed 56 goals while earning 117 stops in 82 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's UEFA Nations League game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Bulgaria (+102)
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