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Euro 2016 Play-Off: Ukraine vs Slovenia preview

Kick off: 14 November @18:00 CET

Venue: L’viv Arena (L’viv)

Head to head record

Ukraine vs Slovenia 1-1 (Euro 2000 Play-off)
Slovenia vs Ukraine 2-1 (Euro 2000 Play-off)
Slovenia vs Ukraine 3-2 (Euro 1996 qualifier)
Ukraine vs Slovenia 0-0 (Euro 1996 qualifier)

Ukraine

Last 5 matches

Ukraine vs Spain 0-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
FYR Macedonia vs Ukraine 0-2 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Slovakia vs Ukraine 0-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Ukraine vs Belarus 3-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Ukraine vs Luxembourg 3-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Having only recently returned from a lengthy injury lay-off, star forward Roman Zozulya (22/3) was left out of Ukraine squad for the Euro 2016 play-offs vs Slovenia, with Oleksandr Zinchenko (1/0) also overlooked.

Zorya Lugansk youngster Ivan Petryak earns his first call-up, while Andriy Yarmolenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka and Artem Kravets are some of the star names on the roster.

Ukraine captain Ruslan Rotan (84/7) was forced to withdraw due to a thigh problem, but the good news is that Andriy Pyatov and Artem Fedetskiy have both resumed full training.

Taras Stepanenko and Oleksandr Kucher are both suspended, having picked up their third yellow cards of the campaign against Spain.

Update (13.11.): Oleksandr Gladkiy misses the first leg through ankle injury.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Pyatov – Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Rakitiskiy, Shevchuk – Garmash, Rybalka, Sydorchuk – Yarmolenko, Kravets, Konoplyanka.

Slovenia

Last 5 matches

San Marino vs Slovenia 0-2 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Slovenia vs Lithuania 1-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Slovenia vs Estonia 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Switzerland vs Slovenia 3-2 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Slovenia vs England 2-3 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Experienced full-back Miso Brecko (75/0) returns to the national team, and he will wear a protective mask after breaking his nose at the weekend, while Sinisa Andjelkovic (5/0) returns as well.

The most important thing is that star forward Milivoje Novakovic (70/31) is fully fit after missing the October qualifiers, but Dalibor Stevanovic and Tim Matavz have been left out.

Saint Etienne striker Robert Beric is set for a six-month spell on the sidelines through a cruciate knee ligament injury, with Roman Bezjak (6/0) called as his replacement.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): S. Handanovic – Struna, Ilic, Cesar, Jokic – Krhin, Kurtic – Birsa, Ilicic, Kampl – Novakovic.

IST Facts

-The two sides met in the Euro 2000 play-off, with Slovenia winning 3-2 on aggregate

-Slovenia are unbeaten in four meetings with Ukraine (W2 D2)

-Both matches played in Ukraine between the two teams ended in draws (0-0, 1-1)

-Ukraine kept 11 clean sheets in last 16 games on home soil

-Slovenia suffered 8 defeats in last 10 matches away from home

-Milivoje Novakovic scored six goals in seven Euro 2016 qualifiers

Match Specials

*Ukraine to win & both teams to score is 4/1

*Yarmolenko to score & Ukraine to win is 3/1

*Ukraine to win both halves is 4/1

*Slovenia to score first is 3/1

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