Our football match prediction:
Following back-to-back draws against Iceland and Turkey, Ukraine recorded a 3-0 win over Kosovo in their last group game in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. However, the team’s performance in the triumph over Albert Bunjaki’s troops was anything but brilliant and the Ukrainians need to keep on improving their game if they are to qualify for the showpiece tournament in Russia. Andriy Shevchenko’s men aim to extend their winning run in Group I and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Finland in Saturday’s football match. The Finns failed to beat Kosovo in front of home fans in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign and they head into the game against Ukraine following back-to-back draws against the likes of Iceland and Croatia. Finland will have a big fish to fry against Ukraine and they are unlikely to record their first win of the process on Saturday evening.
Highlighted Player (Jere Uronen):
Jere Juhani Uronen is a professional footballer who started his senior career at TPS of Finland. The pacey full back scored one goal in 18 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he joined Swedish side Helsingborgs. Uronen played for the club from 2012 to 2016 and then he moved to Belgium. The Finnish footballer, who was born on 13 July, 1994, signed a contract with Genk, which expires on 30 June, 2018. The Genk full back, who is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well, has five caps for Finland U21 team and he made his senior debut for the Finnish national team on 26 May, 2012. He started the match against Turkey and it has to be noted that Finland emerged triumphant (3-2). Jere Uronen made 12 league appearances for Genk in the 2015/2016 season, scoring one goal for the team. The left-footed player is capable of playing on both sides of the field.
Highlighted Team (Ukraine):
After the country had gained independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine played their first international match in 1992, and they have come a long way since. Zbirna have only once played at the World Cup finals so far, and they did really well to reach the quarter-finals in 2006, while they co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Poland, albeit failing to get past the group stage. The generation that secured qualification for the Euro 2016 finals in France is arguably the most talented ever, with Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Rotan and Roman Zozulya the leading players, but plenty more talent present in Mikhail Fomenko’s squad. Similar to the trademark style of former Soviet teams, Ukraine bases their tactics on rock-solid defence and swift counter-attacks, but it has to be noted that Zbirna possess a lot more technical skills and attacking potential than most other former Russian republics. Everything suggests that the most successful period in the history of the national team is ahead of them.