Finland v Bosnia And Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina will pay a visit to Finland to take on Markku Kanerva’s men for their Matchday 3 battle in the Group J, frantic to secure the victory after their 2-2 draw against Greece in the Euro 2020 qualifiers on Saturday. Bosnia were able to take the 2-0 lead early on in their match against Greece but they still conceded 2 goals much to their disappointment. They remain undefeated in their two opening qualifiers though, first was when they dominated Armenia with a 2-1 win before their draw with Greece.

These two sides have a very limited head-to-head record as Saturday’s match is their only second clash ever. However, their recent form and performances, especially in both of their past several matches, suggest a Bosnian victory on Saturday. The visitors were able to dominate Finland in a 1-0 win in their only previous meeting in 2004 friendly matchup. Furthermore, the hosts have lost four of their previous six international fixtures, while Bosnia only losing just once.

However, Robert Prosinecki’s men should not be too complacent though as Finland have a great defensive record at home. They managed to keep clean sheets in four of their past five competitive home fixtures. With all these considered, another great match is definitely set to take place and a close-scoring contest should be expected on Saturday.

Belgium v Kazakhstan

Belgium will continue their quest for Euro 2020 glory when they take on Kazakhstan on Saturday. The hosts got off on the right foot when they started their qualifying campaign with six points to their name after their two victories from two openers against Russia and Cyprus. Eden Hazard led Belgium’s attacking line, already gathering three goals to his name.

Kazakhstan, meanwhile, also began their qualifying campaign with an unexpected 3-0 victory against Scotland. However, they went on to suffer a similar defeat when then came up against Russia. Talgat Baysufinov and his men have seen their best chance of securing a spot in the Euro 2020 come and go. It would be pretty difficult for them to secure one now considering their performance in the UEFA Nations League where they bagged just six points in six fixtures. Saturday night’s contest against Belgium will prove a much tougher test if you compare their head-to-head record. Furthermore, they’re going to be a solid Belgian side who are in great scoring form at home.   

It’s clear that Belgium are the massive favourites to win this match. Apart from having a solid attacking prowess, the hosts have some pretty big stars in their line-up. On the other hand, Kazakhstan are not really that impressive when they’re not at home. In fact, most of their issues are from their away fixtures, conceding 17 goals in five of their matches on the road.

Greece v Italy

Greece started their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign well, and now they will welcome Italy on Saturday, hoping to continue and build on their form.  It’s been a really long time since these two sides met, but not much has changed. Both teams, if they want to be successful and come out victorious, are going to have to rely on strong defences.

The hosts held on to a thrilling 2-2 draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina in March despite conceding two goals early on. They sit at the second place and are hoping to add points to their tally to come out on top of their group. Greece were the third placers in their UEFA Nations League group and they aren’t likely to secure a spot in the Euro 2020 if it’s based on the results of that campaign. With this, their only hope is to qualify automatically by securing victories in the qualifiers.

Italy starting their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on the right track would definitely be an understatement.  They came off strong in their two openers, thrashing Liechtenstein (6-0), and dominating Finland (2-0) back in March, placing them up in the first spot straight off the bat. They will absolutely come into this game wanting to build on their strong performance.

However, Roberto Mancili’s men shouldn’t be too complacent though. A draw seems to be on the cards for Saturday’s game between these two. Greece managed to deny Italy in three of their last five head-to-head battles, and they will definitely prove to be a tough rival to beat when they hold off Italy.

By @EliaasMJ

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