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Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Romania vs Finland preview

Kick off: 8 October @19:45 CET

Venue: Arena Nationala (Bucharest, Romania)

Head to head record

Finland vs Romania 0-2 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Finland vs Romania 0-1 (2006 World Cup qualifier)
Romania vs Finland 2-1 (2006 World Cup qualifier)
Romania vs Finland 1-1 (International friendly)
Romania vs Finland 2-0 (1986 World Cup qualifier)

Romania

Last 5 matches

Romania vs Moldova 2-1 (International friendly)
Romania vs Faroe Islands 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Northern Ireland vs Romania 0-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Hungary vs Romania 0-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Romania vs Greece 0-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Genclerbirligi forward Bogdan Stancu (34/8) returns to the squad after missing the September qualifiers, but Southampton defender Florin Gardos (14/0) remains a long-term casualty.

Coach Anghel Iordanescu has again left out some high-profile players, including Cristian Tanase (41/6), Ciprian Marica (72/25), Dorin Goian (60/5) and Laszlo Sepsi (4/0).

According to the latest reports, the national team boss has decided to adopt an attack-minded approach against Finland, with Mihal Pintilii likely to be the only defence-minded midfielder in the starting line-up.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu – Matel, Chiriches, Grigore, Rat – Pintilii, Sanmartean – Torje, Stancu, Chipciu – Keseru.

Finland

Last 5 matches

Northern Ireland vs Finland 2-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Finland vs Estonia 0-2 (International friendly)
Finland vs Hungary 0-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Greece vs Finland 0-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Finland vs Faroe Islands 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Important players Niklas Moisander (50/2), Roman Eremenko (68/5) and Rasmus Schuller (11/0) have all been recalled to the Finland squad, although Eremenko was later forced to withdraw due to groin injury.

Juhani Ojala (14/0) and Berat Sadik (10/1) have in turn been added to the roster, but there have been even more problems for coach Markku Kanerva.

While key midfielder Tim Sparv (49/1) misses out through suspension, talented forward Tim Vayrynen is out of both qualifiers through a knee injury, with Panathinaikos footballer Robin Lod (3/0) drafted as his replacement.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Hradecky – Arkivuo, Moisander, Halsti, Uronen – Mattila, Lam – Ring, Riski, Hetemaj – Pohjanpalo. 

Important Facts

*The match is played behind closed doors due to crowd trouble.

*Romania played out three straight scoreless draws. Another goalless draw pays 7.00 (6/1).

*Each of Finland’s last three matches ended 1-0. Under 1.5 goals is available at 2.55 (14/9).

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