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        Finland vs Northern Ireland Prediction, Tips & Stats

        There's nothing to play for when Finland and Northern Ireland meet in Group H this Friday night over in Helsinki with both sides unable to qualify out of the group stages with only two games left to play at the Euro Qualifiers.

        As has been the case for a number of qualifying campaigns, Northern Ireland have left themselves with very little chance of making it to a major tournament with a handful of games left.

        This time around, however, they are sitting adrift of Denmark in second place by 13 points and have not had the chance to qualify for some time. In fact, they even sit six points adrift of Finland in fourth over in Group H and are only not sitting bottom of the table because of San Marino's inability to grab a single point.

        Worse yet, after losing six games, the only two wins Northern Ireland have to boast of come against the winless San Marino home and away. To make matters even worse in some ways, Michael O'Neill saw his side only score three times against San Marino in a 3-0 win in Belfast in the last international break, while they only beat them 2-0 a month before that - San Marino have otherwise let in 21 games in six games.

        As for Finland, their chances of qualifying have come to a halt as well, and their main aim now will be to finish above Kazakhstan, who sit three clear of them in third. Teemu Pukki and co. are seven points behind Denmark in second, and qualification in Group H merely comes down to a battle between Denmark and Kazakhstan in the final two games of the campaign.

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        Northern Ireland team news

        Jonny Evans has been playing well for Manchester United this season and will get his 107th cap and captain his country, as Bailey Peacock-Farrell continues in goal. Paddy McNair, Jamal Lewis and Daniel Ballard are all expected in defence too, as George Saville gets his 50th cap in midfield. Shea Charles and Jordan Thompson should get more minutes too, as Isaac Price looks to get his eighth cap after scoring his first goal this year at 19. Dion Charles, Conor Washington and Josh Magennis are all options in attack. Shane Ferguson of Rotherham United and Ethan Galbraith have not made the squad, while Gaving White and Ali McCann haven't made it due to injuries

        Finland team news

        Lukas Hradecky of Bayer Leverkusen has been having a sensational season with the Bundesliga league leaders and will earn his 89th cap here and captain the side. Robert Ivanov also plays in Germany with Eintracht Braunschweig in 2. Bundesliga and will start here alongside Charlotte FC's Jere Uronen, while Manchester City's youngster, Tomas Galvez bids for cap number two. Leeds United's Glen Kamara will continue here alongside Robert Taylor of Inter Miami and another MLS-based player, Robin Lod. Teemu Pukki plays alongside Rob at club level with Minnesota United these days and will start here once more alongside Joal Phjanpalo of Venezia. Fredrik Jensen of Augsburg and Sparta Prague's Kaan Kairinen will also start in midfield. Leo Väisänen of Austin FC is out injured for this one, while Ilmari Niskanen of Exeter City has not made the squad. Marcus Forss of Middlesbrough has also not made the squad.

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