Home and Away: Back Estonia to extend impressive home form

3Jun 2013


Jonno Turner looks at action in Estonia and Finland as he aims to kick start the week with two winners...

We're off to Estonia for our first pick of the day - as they welcome Belarus to the A. Le Coq Arena in an international friendly.

Tarmo Ruutli's side line up for this clash in decent form, and are undefeated in seven of their last eight friendlies on their own patch.

Three clean sheets from their last five in front of their own fans suggests that the Blues are more than capable of holding out their guests - and they will be keen to build on victories over Lithuania, Poland and Andorra over the last 12 months here.

The hosts looked comfortable in that clash with Andorra back in March - and the likes of Henri Anier, who notched a goal on his debut in that game, will be looking to build on that performance here.

Visitors Belarus travel to Tallin in mixed form on the road - and just two wins from six away from home indicates that they may struggle here.

A 2-0 win at Canada last time out will have boosted morale in the away camp, but a loss at Jordan just days before that shows just how inconsistent Georgi Kondratiev's side have been of late.

Just one clean sheet from five away from Minsk makes it likely that the hosts will be presented with a chance or two here, and that could be the difference in this encounter.

Estonia have won all of their home meetings with Belarus - that's the last four consecutive clashes between these sides - and, with history on their side, and their defence in stingy form, I fancy them to secure victory here.

Bet 1: Estonia (HOME) @ 2.88

Over to the Finnish Kakkonen for our second pick of the day - as second placed SalPa travel to KaPa, looking to pile the pressure on EIF, who sit top of the division.

John Allen's visitors side line up for this one in impressive form - and six undefeated from their last seven outings has lifted them to within three points of top spot - with this game in hand.

That makes maximum points here all the more important, and two wins from their last three league games on the road suggests that the Swans are certainly capable of the win in this clash.

Ten goals scored in their last five encounters indicates that much of the visitors threat lies in the final third, and that could cause problems for the home defence, which has shipped a whopping 35 goals in 10 home outings.

That form has seen them home side drop into eighth position in the table - and they are teetering on the edge of the relegation zone before this clash, which boss Pekka Husu will be desperate for his side to engineer a turnaround of fortunes.

But, with top spot in sight, I can't see SalPa letting this opportunity slip - and I'm backing them for all three points.

Bet 2: SalPa (AWAY) @ 1.56


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Keywords: Home and Away, Estonia, Finland

Source: Betfair

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