The next fixture in the going UEFA Euro 2020 will be contested between Ukraine and North Macedonia for a Group C fixture at the National Arena. Both sides are on the back of defeats, and will be desperate to bag maximum points later tonight.
Ukraine displayed great character in their opening game against the Netherlands as they came from two goals behind to level the score. However, a late goal by Dumfries broke Ukrainian hearts, as the Netherlands walked away with the win. Meanwhile, North Macedonia started off their game against Austria with style, as veteran Goran Pandev scored the first goal. However, Austria sprung a comeback and got three goals in the second half to secure all three points. That being said, the upcoming clash between Ukraine and North Macedonia becomes all the more intriguing.
Date: June 17, Thursday
Kick-Off: 6:30 PM (IST)
Venue: National Arena
The game will be broadcasted live on the Sony Sport Network, and can be streamed on Sonly Liv and Jio TV.
North Macedonia: LWDWW
Head to Head
From the last three meetings between the two teams, two games have been won by Ukraine, while, one has been won by North Macedonia. One game has ended on level terms as well.
Injury Report and Unavailability: No injury concerns
Expected Changes and Strategy: G Bushcahn should be starting in at goal, while, V Mykolenko, M Matvienko, I Zabarnyi and O Karavaev could line up as th back four in defence. S Sydorchuk, M Shaparenko and R Malinovskiy could feature in the midfield region. O Zinchenko, A Yarmolenko and R Yeremchuk are in contention to lead the attack.
Georgi Bushchan; Vitalii Mykolenko, Mykola Matvienko, Illia Zabarnyi, Oleksandr Karavaev; Serhiy Sydorchuk, Mykola Shaparenko, Ruslan Malinovskiy; Oleksandr Zinchenko, Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk
North Macedonia News
Injury Report and Unavailability: Ilija Nestorovski is on the sidelines due to injury.
Expected Changes and Strategy: S Dimitriveski should be starting in at goal, while, D Velovski, V Musliu, and S Ristovski could feature in at defence. E Alioski, E Elmas, A Ademi, E Bardhi and B Nikolav are expected to start in midfield. A Trajkovski and G Pandev could lead the attack up top.
Stole Dimitrievski; Darko Velovski, Visar Musliu, Stefan Ristovski; Ezgjan Alioski, Eljif Elmas, Arijan Ademi, Enis Bardhi, Boban Nikolov; Aleksandar Trajkovski, Goran Pandev
Roman Yaremchuk is touted to score the first goal for Ukraine as per the odds by 15/4. Yaremchuk bagged a goal, an assist and also had a pass accuracy of 83% in the last game.
Goran Pandev has the odds behind him to score the first goal for North Macedonia. Pandev scored a goal against Austria and will be high in confidence going ahead.
The odds in favor of Andriy Yarmolenko to score a goal are 9/2. Yarmolenko also got himself a goal in the last game, while, having a pass completion of 79%.
Aleksndar Trajkovski got himself an assist in the last game for North Macedonia, and is expected to start in the advanced region.
Oleksandr Zinchenko can play out in the deep, as well as up front through the flanks. Zinchencko had a pass accuracy of 81%, and can be a threat up top.
Goalkeeper – G. Bushchan
Defenders –I. Zabarnyl, E. Alioski, V. Mykolenko, S. Ristovski
Midfielders – A. Ademi, O. Zinchenko, A. Trajkovski, R. Malinovskyi
Forwards– G. Pandev, A. Yarmalenko
Although, Ukraine ended up losing to the Netherlands, they did have them by surprise through a gutsy display which made them level the game at one point. Schevchenko’s men will take plenty of inspiration from that performance, and will be heading in as favorites to win by 1.70 as per 1XBET when talking about the UKR vs MCD Today Match Prediction odds.