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Northern Ireland made a fine start in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group F and will look to atone for a defeat last time out as they take on Finland for the eighth time.

Preview: European qualifiers on 29 and 31 March ©Bongarts

Northern Ireland will look to get back to winning ways as they kick off 2015 with a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group F game against Finland.

Previous meetings
• It is all level after seven games between the two sides, with the record for both teams reading W3 D1 L3. Most recently, they drew 3-3 in a Belfast friendly in August 2012.

• Their most recent competitive fixtures came in UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying, when Lawrie McMenemy's Northern Ireland won 1-0 in Belfast but lost 4-1 to Richard Møller Nielsen's side in the return fixture in Helsinki.

Form guide
• Northern Ireland won their opening three Group F games but came back down to earth with a 2-0 defeat in Romania last time out.

• Finland are without a win in three Group F matches (D1 L2) since opening their campaign with a 3-1 win in the Faroe Islands. They have failed to score in their last two qualifiers.

Trivia and links
• Finland forward Teemu Pukki turns 25 on the day of the Northern Ireland game.

• In 16 contests between the nations' clubs in UEFA competitions, the Northern Irish sides' record is W3 D6 L7.

• The Finns have also had the better of their eight meetings with Northern Ireland in UEFA age-group competitions: W5 D1 L2.