Finland will be desperate to return back to winning ways when they host Armenia in Group J European Qualification match at Veritas Stadion, on Tuesday night (IST).
Having won four times in the first five qualifying matches, Finland were cruising, sitting comfortably at 2nd in group J. But the two consecutive defeats have allowed teams like Armenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina to cut the deficit to just two points.
As mentioned Armenia sit just two points behind Finland in the group and could move ahead in the table with a win at Veritas Stadion. This is really a six-pointer for both the teams.
The European Qualifiers match will be played between Finland and Armenia at Veritas Stadion, in Turku, Finland. The ground has a capacity of 9,372.
The game will start at 09:30 PM (IST), on Tuesday, October 15.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Finland– W W W W L L
Armenia– L W W L W D
Finland Team News:
Centre-back Paulus Arajuuri was taken off in the first half in the 4-1 defeat against Bosnia & Herzegovina in the last game. The 31-year-old will be missing this crucial tie for this country.
No other injury concerns for the hosts.
Sauli Vaisanen is likely to come at the back to replace injured Paulus Arajuuri in the playing 11, with Joona Toivio starting alongside him in the heart of the backline.
Head coach Markku Kanerva could look to make changes to the side which put on a subdued performance in the last game. Joel Pohjanpalo is definitely amongst the contenders to get a start after coming off the bench to score Finland's only goal in the last game.
Finland to choose from:
Goalkeepers: Lukáš Hrádecký, Jesse Joronen, Anssi Jaakkola
Defenders: Paulus Arajuuri, Albin Granlund, Joona Toivio, Leo Väisänen, Sauli Väisänen, Juha Pirinen, Jere Uronen, Jukka Raitala
Midfielders: Glen Kamara, Petteri Forsell, Robin Lod, Fredrik Jensen, Rasmus Schüller, Pyry Soiri, Simon Skrabb, Joni Kauko, Tim Sparv
Forwards: Teemu Pukki, Jasse Tuominen, Lassi Lappalainen, Joel Pohjanpalo
Finland Probable XI:
Lukáš Hrádecký (GK), Jukka Raitala, Joona Toivio, Sauli Väisänen, Jere Uronen, Tim Sparv, Glen Kamara, Robin Lod, Jasse Tuominen, Joel Pohjanpalo, Teemu Pukki
Armenia Team News:
Though there are no injury concerns ahead of this game, Armenia will be without their talisman Henrikh Mkhitaryan in this game. The 30-year-old AS Roma star is not part of the squad due to an injury.
Armenia to choose from:
Goalkeepers: Arsen Beglaryan, Henri Avagyan, Aram Ayrapetyan, Anatoliy Ayvazov
Defenders: André Calisir, Varazdat Haroyan, Taron Voskanyan, Jordy Monroy, Arman Hovhannisyan, Hayk Ishkhanyan, Hovhannes Hambardzumyan, Kamo Hovhannisyan
Midfielders: Gor Malakyan, Petros Avetisyan, Marcos Pizzelli, Edgar Babayan, Gevorg Ghazaryan, Erik Vardanyan, Artak Yedigaryan, Rumyan Hovsepyan, Aras Özbiliz, Artak Grigoryan
Forwards: Tigran Barseghyan, Artur Miranyan, Aleksandre Karapetian, Sargis Adamyan
Armenia Probable XI:
Aram Hayrapetyan (GK), Hovhannes Hambardzumyan, Varazdat Haroyan, Hayk Ishkhanyan, Kamo Hovhannisyan, Marcos Pizzelli, Gevorg Ghazaryan, Rumyan Hovsepyan, Tigran Barseghyan, Artur Miranyan, Sargis Adamyan
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Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
FIN vs ARM Dream11 potential winner:
Finland are the hosts and will fancy their chances against the visitors. But Armenia are more than capable of winning the game and we back them to get something out of this match.