Ukraine are gearing up for a clash against Macedoniathis coming Thursday. There are 12 games in round 2 of the group stages Euro 2020 and this one is played out at the Arena Nationala. Ukraine head to the Euro 2020 as 24th in the FIFA world ranking. Meanwhile, there is a pretty big gap to their opponent as Macedonia go into the competition ranked number 62.
Prior to their first outing at the Euro's Ukraine are expected by the bookmakers to at least challenge for 1st place in their group. Booking a place at the Euros perhaps provided a little more excitement than Ukraine dreamed of, but they proved to have enough quality for a 1st place in the group.
Judging by the prices from the bookmakers it would be a huge surprise to see Macedonia lasting beyond the group stages at the Euro's. Failing to book their place directly through the group stages, Macedonia sealed a place at the Euro's the hard way through play off's.
Ukraine vs Macedonia stats and analysis
Ukraine joined the Euro 2020 with humble stats in relation to goals scored in their previous 10 internationals. Ukraine pulled off 1.9 goals per game, which could be better, however defensively they have been solid. With 8 goals conceded, an average of 0.8 per game, they accomplished a clean sheet in 5 matches.
Macedonia came to the Euro 2020 with modest stats in their previous 10 internationals. Macedonia pulled off 1 goal per game, scoring 10 times and conceded 15 which is an average of 1.5 per game. In 2 of the matches they also accomplished a clean sheet.
Ukraine fought tooth and nail in a thrilling group opener before succumbing to a 3-2 defeat. Scoring twice was good, but conceding that many goals must be cause for concern before their upcoming fixtures.
Macedonia came away from their first match with a bloody nose although they put up a decent fight. They were expected to have a tough time at the Euro 2020 and first impression only confirm these expectations.
Stats and facts for Ukraine and Macedonia.
- Ukraine has won the last 4 matches in a row at home;
- Ukraine has won in the last 4 of 5 matches at home;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Ukraine's last 6 of 8 matches;
- Ukraine scored in the last 8 of 10 matches.
- Macedonia has lost the last 3 matches in a row when playing away;
- Macedonia scored in the last 9 of 11 matches;
- Macedonia conceded in the last 9 of 11 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Macedonia's last 2 of 4 matches.
Lineup Ukraine vs Macedonia
Form Ukraine vs Macedonia
Ukraine enjoy steady progress.
Results have been on par, so to speak, for Ukraine in recent weeks as results have been as expected, whether positive or negative. In their last 3 matches, Ukraine managed to win 1-0 against Northernireland, followed by a 4-0 win against Cyprus. Their most recent match brought a 3-2 defeat against Netherlands.
Macedonia paddling along.
One can't really point a finger on the results for Macedonia in past weeks as they have performed according to their level. In their previous 3 matches, Macedonia played a 1-1 draw against Slovenia and went on to a 4-0 win against Kazakhstan. Their latest match served up a 3-1 defeat against Austria.
Ukraine v Macedonia Fixture History
On 9 October 2015 these two nations went head-to-head against each other in their most previous meeting, when Ukraine came out on top with a 2-0 scoreline.
Ukraine managed to win 50%, while Macedonia took home 25% of their last 4 encounters in various competitions or friendlies resulting in a 2-1-1 history.
Full Time Betting
According to the bookies Ukraine are favorites to win. The best price you will find on a home win is 1.60 as bookies predict Ukraine to have a 63% chance of beating Macedonia. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.60 on offer, while an away win for Macedonia pays out at 6.00.
Ukraine will look to Andriy Yarmolenko to once again add some much needed goals to the scenario. He has been their most profilic marksman with 3 goals in their previous 6 internationals. Macedonia are banking on Aleksandar Trajkovski to bring his A-game to the table as he has has been on target 3 times in 6 recent internationals.