IRE Vs FIN Dream 11 Prediction: Team Ireland Vs Finland. Ireland left scouring for their opening win in the tournament.
While they’ll be pleased with the manner in which they galvanised their encounter against Bulgaria the last time around, Ireland will overall be beating themselves for the result. Despite showing fight and character to equalise in the 93rd minute, the clash was one which should have been a straightforward win for the side.
Life under new manager Kenny saw the same problems entrap the side. The new era was reminiscent of the old one with the side failing to impress in the attacking docket to see the club now go 23 matches having scored no more than the one goal in any of them.
While Finland is a massively favourable matchup in familiar vicinity, Ireland know they have work to carry out if they are to register their first win of the 2020-21 edition of the UEFA Nations League. They’ll be quietly confident of accruing their first win under the tutelage of Kenny today with the Finnish side having gone onto lose four of its last six outings.
While Finland were massively impressive against Wales, the fact that they endured a 1-0 defeat at the end of the clash is all that mattered. They conceded with little over 10 minutes to go, a result the side will be massively ruing given what could have been.
What matters through is the fact that despite being at their defensive best, they failed to even salvage a draw from the tie. While the same determination and resolve will be on show today as well, Finland’s attacking predicaments will see them lose a second tie on the spin.
Probable Playing 11
- Ireland will have to make do without Troy and Kieran with both the players injured ahead of the day’s matchup.
- Paulus is nursing an injuring, one which sees him sit out of today’s clash.
Randolph, Coleman, Duffy, Egan, Stevens, McCarthy, Hourihane, McClean, Hendrick, Brady, Robinson
Hradecky, Vaeisaenen, Ojala, O’Shaughnessy, Niskanen, Kamara, Sparv, Kauko, Uronen, Pohjanpalo, Pukki
UEFA Nations League 2020-21
Match: Ireland Vs Finland Group 4
Date And Time: 6th September, Sunday- 9:30pm IST
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Telecast: Sony Ten 2/HD
- Duffy: 1 Goal
Bulgaria Vs Wales: 0-1
Dream 11 Picks
Our Dream 11 side sees its doors thrown open with the selection of Lukas Hradecky. The shot stopper was the fulcrum of his side’s emphatic showing against Wales with him parrying away shot after shot to keep his side in the clash right till the culminating stages.
Had it not been for Shane Duffy, Ireland would have found themselves with a defeat in their tournament opener. The CB popped up with a header right at the end to restore parity for his side against Bulgaria in the 93rd minute.
It sees him become a must have pick for us with the duo of John Egan and Enda Stevens slotting in next to him. The two defenders were in scintillating touch in the Premier League for Sheffield United, versatile names who can make their presence felt in both attack and defence.
His eye for the pinch perfect passes and crosses saw Robert Brady layup the ball right in goal scoring position for Duffy. It was an articulate assist, one which will see us opt for him as the first pick from the side.
He will be accompanied by Jeff Hendrick, a player capable of making the most of Finland’s vulnerabilities in defence. Finland on the other hand see us opt for a more defensive approach given the manner in which this tie will unfold.
With Finland set to adopt the same gameplan they did against Wales given the consummate success it brought for them, this duo will once again take centrestage. Ilmari Niskanen and Joni Kauko provided unstinted support to the side’s defence, clamping down on a string of blocks and tackles to break down the opposition’s rhythm in attack.
Exactly one year back, Teemu Pukki was being talked about everywhere in the world. The Finland striker was ripping the Premier League as he torched his way to a basketful of goals for Norwich City.
However, everything has been on a downtick for him ever since. He’ll be impatient to remind everyone of his quality come today to see the Finnish striker be our pick.
Ireland will elsewhere see us opt for a duo. The club will be ardently looing to wrench out of the soup they find themselves in defence, one the flair of Aaron Connolly and Callum Robinson will allow them against a dwindling Finland defence.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Given Finland’s waning defence, Brady will be our captain for the day while Aaron is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Team
Hradecky, Stevens, Egan, Duffy, Niskanen, Hendrick, Kauko, Brady, Aaron, Callum, Pukki
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All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.