Finland vs. France 11/16/21 UEFA World Cup Qualifications Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Finland is welcoming France to Helsinki Olympic Stadium in round 10 of Group D I the UEFA World Cup Qualifications. Finland is in 2nd place right now, but unless they get a positive result here, they might be staying home. France has secured the top spot in this group, and they have qualified for the World Cup.

Finland is undefeated in their last 2 games, and thanks to their latest win against Bosnia, they have jumped to second place. Finland has had 32% of ball possession in that game, 5 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 3 big chances created, and 74% of the correct passes. After getting ahead in the 29th minute, Finland has conceded a red card, but they were still able to score 2 goals even with a player less on the field. The bad news for Finland is they will be without Raitala in this game because of that red card. With 6 goals, Pukki is still the leading goalscorer for Finland. This is the most important game of the year for Finland, and they are playing it in front of their fans, in their capital, and they need to give all their got.

By beating Kazakhstan earlier this week, France has secured the top spot of this group, and with that, they have secured their spot in the World Cup. Just last month, France has also won the Nations League, and they are now on a 4-game winning streak. During this streak, France has scored 15 goals, while they conceded 3 goals. In that game against Kazakhstan, France was dominant with 66% of ball possession, 14 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 8 big chances created, and a high 91% of the correct passes. This wasn’t a particularly hard game for France, and with 8 scored goals, they have won this game 8-0. Griezmann is the leading goalscorer for France with 6 goals, while Mbappe added 4 goals. There is nothing to play for in this game for France, but I’m pretty sure they don’t want to lose this game. I know this will be a mixed lineup for France, but they are still a strong team.

Finland must get a positive result out of this game and playing at home is a huge advantage for this team. I’m not sure Finland has the defense to stop France, but I think they can play well enough to get a draw here.

Goran Kucar's Free Pick:Draw +300