Georgia U21 vs Finland U21 by Sweem
Georgia will host Finland in Tbilisi in a cruical game for both sides, and is definately a last chance for both teams to get back in touch with the other teams in the group. Starting with Georgia U21 - The crisis is enourmous, seeing as there were some sort of expectations on this generation, mainly because of the offensive qualities they have player-by-player, as they even have players who regularly get playing time in better leagues than their domestic.
Arabidze, Chakhvetadze, Tabidze are the bright spots, but it is the defense that has let this generation down. Georgia U21 is a side who just go all-in, without thinking about organization, structure or making in depth tactical choices. Striker Beka Mikeltadze should be a granted starting player after his hattrick he scored for Dinamo Tbilisi last week. His 15 goals in 32 matches makes him the current best attacking option for the hosts.
In Georgias last game against Faroe Island, they had 22 shots and scored 1 goal. Faroe Islands had 6 shots, and scored 3. It shows the weakness of this Georgian team, who absolutely have good enough players to be a top team in the group with Denmark and Poland, but simply struggle to perform as a full unit where all parts are working. Similarily, Finland do not need to be on their best day to beat this Georgian side, who have made disappointing performances becoming a habit and a usual sight for Georgian football fans who had big hopes for this generation.
Finland have mixed results so far, with 1-1 against Faroe Islands and 3-3 against Poland, but also a 5-0 slap against Denmark lately. Typically, Finland plays typically northern european style with limited risk taking and counter mentality - rely on the unit, instead of the individual. Georgia is the opposite, full offense from the start - and if Finland can get the first goal, it is likely that they will get a few more.
The Finnish team have got some regulars, for example midfielder Sebastian Dahlstrom who regularly plays for HJK on the midfield. Another bright spot is midfielder Fredrik Jensen who recently promoted to play for Twente, and scored a goal against PSV last week. In other words, the form of the Finnish individual players is pointing up and they should enter this encounter with positive spirit - despite the quite long flight to Tbilisi.
Winger Mikael Soisalo who plays for Middlesbrough U23 side will be suspended here due to a red card in the previous match.
- Last four matches of Georgia U21 had over 2.5 goals.
The first thought that comes to mind is that goals is a great possibility. Georgias defense should grant two goals alone, while the hosts should also be able to score. It is possible that the hosts will try to appear more cautious and disciplined after the recent leaks, but the identity of Georgia is offensive and lack the defensive organization to be fully competitive. Finland should enter this a slight favorites - both teams have been "punching bags" in this group, and now they get a chance to go at it themselves. I believe goals will be the main focus, instead of picking a winning side.