Belgium vs Finland by 20Legend
Belgium takes on Finland as their next opponent in their preparation for the Euros next week. They are one of the most exciting teams in the tournament this year with brilliant individuals in their team. Belgium got their win against Switerland (1-2) last weekend after Romelu Lukaku (Everton) and Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) added a goal each.
It is also a fact that Switzerland were cut down to ten at 1-1, right before De Bruyne extended the Belgian lead. It is never easy to know for sure what to expect from these friendlies with a lot of tactical tryouts. However, Switzerland is also heading for the Euros this summer and was not easy to break down. With that being said, Belgium showed their quality through the game in both possession and with getting shots at goal. The win could have been bigger if the efficiency had been better. Belgium has landed the following squad for Euro 2016:
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-François Gillet (KV Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit), Jordan Lukaku (KV Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Brugge), Thomas Vermaelen (FC Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit)
Attackers: Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Divock Origi (Liverpool)
Finland has nothing to play for tonight as they failed to reach Euro 2016 from their qualification group. They have also experienced some tough matches after the qualification for the Euros finished. Finland has played four friendlies and their performances have been catastrophic at times with 0-0-4 to show for.
It has to been said that their opponents have been tough with Sweden (0-3), Iceland (0-1), and Poland (5-0) standing on the other side, but also Norway (2-0) beat them in a much deserved way. These results guide us to Finland’s second problem which is to create chances and scoring goals. They have not scored since their last qualification game for the Euros against Northern Ireland (1-1) in October last year.
The outcome from this match simply comes down to the quality of the two teams involved tonight. Belgium has a far better squad who all wants to be in the starting-lineup when the tournament starts. Finland has not won or scored in a long time, they are not going to the Euros and they are playing away from home as well.
It is therefore not only the quality on the pitch that speaks for Belgium, but also the psychological aspect of having something to play for and show that they are worthy a spot in the starting-lineup when everything counts. The suggestions in this game are many in my opinion, but I have landed on over 2 goals for Belgium. Both Poland (5-0) and Norway (2-0) made their home advantage present during their games against Finland.
As Belgium is on a better level than both of these teams and have a squad that is making them an outsider for the title during the Euros, I can see Belgium dominating this match from the very start. That should give them enough chances to at least score a couple of goals tonight. The safety of receiving the stakes back if Belgium scores exactly two goals gives the odds a perfect value given Finland’s defensive abilities at the moment.