When the Ukraine meets Germany, Poland and Northern Ireland at the group C of the EURO 2016 than the host of the EURO 2012 has no big chances to make it to the eighth finals. They have more the role of the outsiders but if they want to have a realistic chance they need to win against Northern Ireland. Kick off for the second day of play at the group c is on the 16th of June at 6 p.m..
Current performance of the Ukraine
On the first day of play of the group c the Ukraine meets the world champion Germany. If everything goes well Boateng & Co should have three points on their score after this encounter. That’s why the match against Northern Ireland is even more important for the Ukraine. It’s the match of the two outsiders of this group. The quarterback Mykhaylo Fomenko especially counts on experienced players. Captain and ex Bayern player Anatoly Timoshchuk is 37 year old also like Vyacheslav Shevchuk from Shakthar Donezk. There are even seven player that are older than 30. In matches that could end closely this could be a real advantage. At the matches before the EURO 2016 the host of the EURO 2012 definitely also was good for some surprises. They were able to win against Wales (1:0), against Romania (4:3) and Albania (3:1). However there also has been some trouble lately inside the team because of the foul of Dynamo-Kiew-player Yarmolenko against his national team colleague Taras Stepanenko who plays for the Dynamo rival Shakthar. We will see if this affects the performance of the team.
Current performance of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland hopes for the big coupe against the Ukraine. However stars like Yarmolenko or Konoplyanka at the Ukraine are missing at the team from Michael O´Neill. These two names are more worth than the whole squad of the surprising group winner at the EURO qualification group F. The missing star players will Northern Ireland compete with a strong team and especially team spirit. So there is no struggle inside the team like at the Ukraine team. Similar like the Ukraine, Northern Ireland also counts on experienced players. More than a third of the squad is older than 30. Another fact that both teams have in common are the great results at the test matches for the EURO 2016. The match against Slovakia ended in a drawn without any goal also the match against Wales ended in a drawn with a score of 1:1, against Belarus they even have won with a score of 3:0, also against Slovenia they scored a 1:0. Especially the defence from Northern Ireland is strong. To win against the Ukraine they also need to play offensive.
Betting tip for this match
Due to the better solo players you could mean that the Ukraine is the clear favourite in this match but this is not quite the truth. Northern Ireland is a close-knit team that is always good for a surprise especially at big championships. That’s why we think that Northern Ireland will get one point. Our tip: tip x.