Finland vs Republic of Ireland Prediction, 10/14/2020 UEFA Nations League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Finland vs Republic of Ireland
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Location: Helsingin Olympiastadion in Helsinki, Finland
TV: ESPN 3
Odds/Point Spread: Finland (-163) Republic of Ireland (+122)
Helsingin Olympiastadion is the venue where Teemu Pukki and Finland (2-0-1 in Nations League) will play Republic of Ireland (0-2-1 in Nations League) on Wednesday. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Lukáš Hrádecký for Finland and Darren Randolph for Republic of Ireland. The line on this game has Finland priced at -163 and the Irish are priced at +122. The over/under is set at 2.
Finland controls possession for 49.3% of the time. They have been called for 25 fouls as well as having drawn 26 fouls for the tourney. They have tried 32 shots at their opponents goal with 11 of them being on target, which comes out to a 34.4% shots on target percentage. Finland have scored 3 goals this tourney, which is 23rd in the league.
Teemu Pukki is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for the Finns. Pukki has been a starter in 257 matchups in his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.50 goals per 90. The forward born in Finland has totaled 130 goals in 23,353 mins. He has totaled 38 assists while accumulating 19 yellow cards in his career. Someone else who should impact this game is Joel Pohjanpalo, the forward playing for Finland. He has assisted on a goal 7 times so far in his career while he has scored 51 goals. Pohjanpalo has been on the field for 8,825 mins during 92 career starting assignments and has been given 8 yellow cards. He scores 0.52 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Finland will be Lukáš Hrádecký. Hrádecký has seen the field for a total of 25,919 minutes and has tallied 825 stops so far in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.25 (361 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of .702. The goalie playing for Finland has faced 1,177 shots tried against him in 288 career starts. Hrádecký (116-75-96 record in his career) has accumulated 89 clean sheets, which has earned him a 30.9% clean sheet rate.
The Irish average 3 shots on target per 90 minutes and have earned 1 goal to this point. So far in the UEFA Nations League, they maintain possession of the ball 55% of the time. Republic of Ireland has accumulated 34 total fouls this tourney (45th in the league) to go along with 33 fouls against them. They have been able to connect on 23.7% of their shots on 38 total shots.
Adam Idah should provide solid play for Republic of Ireland. He is averaging 0.28 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 102 outings during his pro soccer career. The forward born in Republic of Ireland has been on the field for 323 mins and has earned 1 goal. He has tallied 1 yellow card caution during his pro soccer career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Callum O'Dowda, the midfielder taking the field for Republic of Ireland. O'Dowda has been given 7 yellow card warnings in 10,658 minutes (107 starts). His G/90 average during his soccer career is 0.15. He has tallied 18 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 15 different times.
Darren Randolph will reside in front of the goal for Republic of Ireland. Thus far in his career, Randolph has allowed 487 goals and has racked up 1,202 saves in 380 starts. He has surrendered 1.28 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a mark of 143-98-141. He holds a save percentage of .720 and his shutout rate is currently 28.2%. Randolph has earned 107 shutouts while defending 1,683 shots attempted against him in 34,276 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's UEFA Nations League game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Republic of Ireland (+122) and over 2 goals
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