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David Easson Looks Ahead to the Euro 2024 Qualifiers

David Easson Looks Ahead to the Euro 2024 Qualifiers

David Easson Looks Ahead to the Euro 2024 Qualifiers

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Finland started their qualifying campaign like the proverbial train winning four out of their first five matches but they've since lost three in a row in games against Kazakhstan, Slovenia and Denmark and those games against Denmark and Kazakhstan were both decided after the 85th minute. The Finns just run out of steam sometimes when there's a big game on.

There's been 10 goals after 75 minutes in their last 10 matches. That's one to look at. They do get another crack at qualifying via the Nations League playoffs but the top two in this group has gone and it does make this one a tough call against Northern Ireland who haven't won at Wayside, ranked higher than them since 2014.

They've lost their last nine to side above them in the FIFA World Ranking. So the Finns may well be smarting that they've not quite got there this time and they shouldn't fall to the Green and White Army this time just under even money. They're a solid start to any ACA and what is one of the early evening kickoffs.

A Finland goal after 76 minutes if you fancy that. Remember that 10 in 10 is nine to four if you fancy that one. Meanwhile later in the evening and group H, that's the same group that Finland and Northern Ireland are in, reaches a bit of a climax and sees its top two sides meeting in Copenhagen as Denmark face Slovenia.

Both sides locked at the top on 19 points. Winners, they qualify for the Euros and have to go back to 2014 for the last time. Denmark lost at home in a qualifier in the Euros.

They've won eight and drawn three of those. Smart money is on them extending that run against the Slovenia side that have not lost an international against winning four and drawing one of those. They're without United, Rasmus Heuland and Christian Eriksson though so the Danes could be short of goals on this evening in wonderful Copenhagen.

The Slovenians should make the trip full of confidence at least. They've won their last three qualifiers and they've kept clean sheets in all of them so this one could be tight at the top. It's another level of a task for Slovenians though.

They have not won away at anyone higher than 59 in the world rankings. Yes, it's that precise. It's Denmark this time.

They're 19th in the world by the way. Denmark and unders on the goals just getting it done at nine to four themselves. There's a huge game for Italy against North Macedonia as well in the evening.

The side who denied them a place in the World Cup last year. The Azzurri could set up a final round showdown with Ukraine if they can take three points against the North Macedonians. Already out of course.

A win here would see them draw level with Ukraine on 13 points. They know they've got the head-to-head advantage and the draw when they meet in Leverkusen would do. But let's face it, this is Italy.

If anyone can ball this up from here, it is them. However, Luciano Spalletti seems to have got his Italy side moving in the right direction although England did comfortably see them off at Wembley after concealing that first goal of course. The North Macedonians do love playing Italy, yet to lose against them in three matches since they were created as a country.

Not the side that's the same as the one that made the World Cup though. I'm going to say Italy to win this one with Skamaka. Yes, West Ham's former Skamaka.

Now, Atalanta's forward who scored against England. He's hit three for his side, Atalanta, since scoring that goal at Wembley. Getting in to grab the first goal in this one.

He's got the first goal in six of Italy's last seven matches. So, Italy to win. Skamaka first goal is a four to one shot.

Finland, Italy and Denmark is about five to two as a treble. Denmark and the others is nine to four and Finland on the outrights, if you like that individually, is 19 to 20.

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