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Ukraine vs Northern Ireland preview

Kick off: Thursday, 16 June @17:00 GMT

Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Decines-Charpieu)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to Head Record

Ukraine vs Northern Ireland 0-0 (Euro 2004 qualifiers)
Northern Ireland vs Ukraine 0-0 (Euro 2004 qualifiers)
Ukraine vs Northern Ireland 2-1 (1998 World Cup qualifiers)
Northern Ireland vs Ukraine 0-1 (1998 World Cup qualifiers)

Ukraine vs Northern Ireland Team News

Sevilla winger Yevhen Konoplyanka picked up a yellow card against Germany, meaning that he should be very cautious in the second group game. Coach Mikhail Fomenko has no fresh injury worries ahead of the match and he is likely to stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation. Roman Zozulya should lead the line for Ukraine against Northern Ireland.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Craig Cathcart and Kyle Lafferty have both recovered from their respective injuries, while key midfielder Chris Brunt has been earlier ruled out through injury. Will Grigg is likely to start from the bench once again, while Stuart Dallas is pushing for a start. Coach Michael O’Neill is likely to stick to the 3-5-1-1 formation. Craig Cathcart is one yellow card away from suspension.

Injured: Chris Brunt (54/1)

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Quick Facts

  • Ukraine are on a three-game losing run at Euro finals
  • Northern Ireland failed to score in three of their last four meetings with Ukraine
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in six of N. Ireland’s last seven games
  • Green and White Army are after their first ever win over Ukraine
  • Yevhen Konoplyanka has netted 13 goals in 54 appearances for Ukraine

Ukraine vs Northern Ireland Team News

Ukraine produced a fine performance against Germany, but Joachim Low’s troops eventually proved to be a big catch for Mikhail Fomenko’s team. The Yellow-Blues need to grab something from their second group game if they are to stay in the race for a place in the knockout stages and seeing that Mikhail Fomenko can count on all of his big guns for the Parc Olympique Lyonnais clash, I believe that there is a big value in betting on the Eastern European side. Northern Ireland struggle in front of goal and they are unlikely to spoil Ukraine’s party in Decines-Charpieu.

Betting Tip: Ukraine to win

Odds: 1.60 (3/5) @Unibet

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