Finland vs Ukraine prediction, preview, team news and more | 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Finland take on Ukraine in their FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture on Saturday
Finland take on Ukraine in their FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture on Saturday
Shubham Dupare

Finland invite Ukraine to Helsinki Olympic Stadium on Saturday as 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying first-round action resumes this weekend in Europe.

The hosts and the visiting side have both earned five points from their outings so far and will be hoping to cement the second spot and secure passage into the playoffs scheduled to take place next year.

Ukraine have been unbeaten in the qualification campaign so far and have played five consecutive draws here. Finland have played two draws and have a win and a loss to their name.

๐‰๐จ๐ฎ๐ค๐ค๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ค๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฌ โ€“ ๐’๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ! | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ†š๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ†š๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Matka kohti MM-lopputurnausta jatkuu lokakuussa! ๐Ÿฆ‰โ–ถโ€ฆโœโ€ฆ๐ŸŽซโ€ฆ#Huuhkajat #WCQ #MeOlemmeSuomi #WeAreFinland

Finland vs Ukraine Head-to-Head

The two sides have met three times so far, with all the meetings coming in FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The first two meetings were part of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, which Ukraine won.

They last met in March in the reverse fixture at The Olympic National Sports Complex. The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Junior Moraes and Teemu Pukki scoring in the 80th and 89th minute respectively.

Finland form guide (all competitions): L-W-D-L-L

Ukraine form guide (all competitions): D-D-D-L-W

Finland vs Ukraine Team News


Daniel O'Shaughnessy and Jere Uronen are the two players ruled out with injuries for the hosts. Captain Tim Sparv is dealing with fitness issues and is yet to be named in the final squad.

Apart from the three players mentioned above, all 24 players named in the squad have trained ahead of the game and are in contention to start here.

Stadikalle myyty jo lรคhes 28 000 lippua ylihuomiseen Ukraina-peliin. Maksimikatsojamรครคrรค ko. ottelussa on 29 000, joten jos ei vielรค ole lippua taskussa, niin kohta alkaa olla kiire. Hieno ilta tulossa.#Huuhkajat #FINUKR #WCQ #MeOlemmeSuomi

Injured: Daniel O'Shaughnessy, Jere Uronen

Doubtful: Tim Sparv

Suspended: None


Regular starters Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ruslan Malinovskyi are the two notable absentees from the 24-man squad announced for the qualifiers due to injuries.

Injured: Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Finland vs Ukraine Predicted XI

Finland Predicted XI (3-5-2): Lukas Hradecky; Leo Vรคisรคnen, Joona Toivio, Paulus Arajuuri; Albin Granlund, Nikolai Alho, Nicholas Hรคmรคlรคinen, Glen Kamara, Onni Valakari; Robin Lod, Teemu Pukki

Ukraine Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Andriy Pyatov; Illya Zabarnyi, Mykola Matviyenko, Oleksandr Tymchyk; Oleksandr Karavayev, Mykola Shaparenko, Viktor Tsyhankov, Eduard Sobol; Andriy Yarmolenko, Alexander Zubkov; Roman Yaremchuk

Finland vs Ukraine Prediction

Finland have scored just four goals in the qualification campaign so far and, after their win over Kazakhstan, fell to a 2-0 defeat to France last month. Ukraine will be without two big names for the game and that might impact their performance here.

Given Finland's home advantage and the performances of the two teams this year, a low-scoring draw is the most likely outcome from the game.

Prediction: Finland 1-1 Ukraine

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Edited by Peter P


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