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Northern Ireland in crunch Euro 2016 qualifier with Finland

| 29.03.2015

The honours are even in the head-to-head’s between Northern Ireland and Finland. Both teams have won three and drawn once, though the former is 8/5 with Coral to win their Euro 2016 qualifier.

Kyle Lafferty is top scorer in qualifying for Northern Ireland, with three goals, and is 7/4 to score anytime, while Jamie Ward, who netted in the 2-0 win over Greece is also 7/4 in the same market.

Steven Davis, who is 10/3 in the anytime market has stressed the importance of the match: “I think it’s a huge game for us in terms of which direction our campaign will take,” he said.

“I don’t want to put too much importance on any one game, but we all realise if we get a positive result on Sunday it will set us up for the remainder of the campaign.

“So, we will be 100 per cent committed to getting the result we want.”

Aaron Hughes, meanhwile, who is 16/1 to score anytime has also been talking about the magnitude of the crunch match: “There has been a lot of talk about the importance of the match. That’s due to the fact if we win it would put us in the position of a three horse race for qualification rather than four,” said Hughes.

“On the flip side if they were to win, it throws them back in the mix and it becomes a real scramble for the top three places then.

“The result and the benefit of getting a good result in terms of where it will leave the group is why it is so big.”

For Finland, Riku Riski leads the goalscoring charts with two and is 15/8 in the anytime market. Teemu Pukki, who is on loan at Brondby from Celtic, is also one to watch, having dispatched six for the Danish club. He is 7/4 to strike on any occasion.

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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
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