Netherlands head into their match with Ukraine on Sunday. This is their first of three matches in their group stage at the Euro 2020 and scene of the action is Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Holland. Netherlands bring a ranking of number 16 in the FIFA world charts to the table, sitting fairly close to Ukraine who come here with a ranking of number 24.
Before their first match at the tournament Netherlands are heavy favorites with the bookmakers to top their group. While only qualifying via a 2nd place in the group stages their points tally would have been enough for Netherlands to top most groups.
Whilst outsiders to top their group Ukraine still seem to have a decent opportunity to qualify for the knock out stages. Ukraine grabbed top spot in their qualifying group through a convincing campaign. Judging by the odds with the bookmakes they could both be on their way home early or they could cause an upset.
Netherlands vs Ukraine stats and analysis
Netherlands commence their Euro 2020 campaign with excellent stats in their previous 10 internationals. Netherlands hammered 2.8 goals on average per game, scoring 28 times during this run. They were equally profilic in defence conceding a total of 11 goals, an average of 1.1 per game.They pulled off a clean sheet in 4 of those matches.
Ukraine have not exactly set the world on fire lately when it comes to goal scoring. Ukraine scored a mediocre 17 times in the last 10 internationals creating an average of just 1.7 goals per game. They held on for a clean sheet in 5 of these matches, conceding 7 goals which is an average of 0.7 per game.
Heading into their opening match at the tournament Netherlands will be a disappointed not to come out the other end with a win. They should have enough quality to see off Ukraine as they look for plain sailing in the group stages.
Have Ukraine got the quality to secure even a single point in their first encounter at the Euro 2020? The bookmakers seem to think it is a question of how big a defeat they will suffering.
Stats and facts for Netherlands and Ukraine.
- Netherlands unbeaten the last 6 matches in a row;
- Netherlands has won in the last 5 of 6 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Netherlands's last 10 of 12 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Netherlands's last 7 of 9 matches.
- Ukraine unbeaten the last 8 matches in a row;
- Ukraine unbeaten the last 4 matches in a row when playing away;
- Ukraine has won in the last 6 of 7 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Ukraine's last 5 of 7 matches.
Lineup Netherlands vs Ukraine
Form Netherlands vs Ukraine
Netherlands on a roll.
Netherlands look to build on their current momentum with another positive result. The last 3 times Netherlands played out an international match they finished off Latvia in a 2-0 win, which was followed by a 7-0 win against Gibraltar. Their most recent international served up a 2-2 draw with Scotland.
Ukraine hoping for fresh start.
Ukraine go into this encounter on the back of some less than half decent performances. In their last 3 matches, Ukraine split the points in a 1-1 draw against Finland, followed by a 1-1 draw against Kasakhstan. Their most recent match brought a 1-1 draw with Bahrain.
Netherlands v Ukraine Fixture History
The last time the two nations squared up against each other, on 11 August 2010, both came away unscathed following a 1-1 draw. Netherlands won their only other previous encounter.
Full Time Betting
According to the bookies Netherlands are favorites to win. The best price you will find on a home win is 1.62 as bookies predict Netherlands to have a 62% chance of beating Ukraine. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.60 on offer, while an away win for Ukraine pays out at 5.50.
Memphis Depay hit the target 6 times in the last 6 internationals for Netherlands, and he will be hoping to expand on that tally here. Ukraine will hoping Viktor Tsigankov can find the back of the net once again. He is on 3 goals in their last 6 internationals and Ukraine need him to shine.