Ukraine vs N.Mcaedonia

Asian Handicap
Pick: 1 (-0.5)
Odds: 1.67
Stake: 1

Match date: 17/06/2021

Ukraine have suffered a 3:2 defeat in their opening match against the Netherlands. The first half ended goalless, but then Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst secured a two-goal lead for Oranje. It looked the match is closed, but Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk scored two goals in just 4 minutes to silenced the Dutch fans. However, Dumfries' late header resulted with Ukraine's defeat. Coach Andriy Shevchenko has some additional issues as Oleksandr Zubkov suffered a foot injury and won't play here. Yarmoleno will be assessed with a slight thigh injury but is expected to be fit.

North Macedonia also lost the first match. Austria the lead in the 18th minute, but Macedonian captain Goran Pandev equalized the result in the 28th minute. He become the second oldest goalscorer in the history of European championships. However, substitutes Gregoritsch and Arnautovic secured the victory for Austria. It was a deserved victory as the Macedonians were too defensive, playing only on counter-attacks. It is clear they will play in a similar manner against Ukraine too.Coach Angelovski is expected to start with the same eleven.

Ukraine are closer to the victory. It is true both teams conceded three goals in the opening round, but there is a difference. While the Ukrainians scored two and showed their offensive power, Macedonians were toothless in attack. The only goal was scored in funny way, after the Austriian goalkeeper gave the ball to Pandev. It was impossible to miss the empty goal. Other from that, we did nothing. The defense was poor, Angelovski opt three centre-backs, but Stefan Ristovski has a problem on that position as he is a natural full-back. Musliu and Velkovski were too-impressed and made several mistakes. Nikolov, who played as left-back, is a natural midfielder. The players gave the maximum and some of them are tired now. As I wrote previously, captain Pandev is old and slow, we are playing with 10 men for most of the time. The modern football gave little chance to these teams. I expect another defeat.

WIN Score: 2:1 Profit: +0.67
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