Ukraine (@3.3) vs Portugal (@2.1)

Our Prediction:

Portugal will win

Ukraine – Portugal Match Prediction | 14-10-2019 14:45

Similar to the trademark style of former Soviet teams, Ukraine bases their tactics on rock-solid defence and swift counter-attacks, but it has to be noted that Zbirna possess a lot more technical skills and attacking potential than most other former Russian republics. Everything suggests that the most successful period in the history of the national team is ahead of them.

The coach should take to the field what is best at his disposal. In the last 12 games out for all competitions there has been 1 period that stands out: he scored 5 of his 14 goals between minutes (31'-45 ') . Their attack has scored regularly as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. The team arrives in this match after a draw with Turkey by (0-0). This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 games has recorded 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with a total of 20 goals scored and 18 conceded. In the last match played, the Ukraine ended up tying with Turkey by the 0 x 0 score. In the last 10 matches played in all competitions, Ukraine have won 4, drawn 4 and lost 2. Already inside the home, he won 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses, with a total of 17 goals scored and 8 conceded. Ukraine are aware of the difficulties they will face in this first round, but want to get ready for their opponents. The visiting team makes its debut in this edition of the competition, since they did not have to play any of the qualifiers prior to this group stage. Playing as a visitor, it will be essential to have a careful attention, knowing how to score strong and thus not giving spaces for the owners of the house to grow inside the clash. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times but managed to turn the score in 2.

Ruslan Malinovskyi Scored his first two international goals in October, to earn a friendly draw with Italy and a home win against the Czech Republic too.Yevgeni Konoplyanka His consolation goal against Slovakia was the Schalke mans 19th goal from 77 international appearances.Oleksandr Zinchenko Has attracted plaudits for his performances for Manchester City in recent weeks, having continued to fill in at left wing-back.

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The team allowed their opponents to score in 7 of the last 10 games, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly, as they have managed to make it 9 out of the last 10 games. In the last game he played for the UEFA Nations League, he tied with Poland at home for (1-1). The last time they faced was on 09-11-1996 in a match that ended with the final result: Portugal (1-0) Ukraine. Portugal and Ukraine measure their strength at the Estdio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz), in a meeting for the qualifiers for the Eurocopa. In this first round it will be essential to have control of the game, thus seeking possession of the ball and distributing your moves fairly quickly. In the last 10 home games Portugal has recorded 4 wins, 5 draws and 1 defeat. This is a team that curiously has more positive results than at home, since in the last 30 matches it has recorded 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses, with 26 goals scored and 9 goals conceded, against 7 wins, 7 draws and 1 defeat at home with 26 goals scored and 14 conceded. It is necessary to analyze with special attention the home / outside condition, since Portugal presents different results at home and abroad. The selection of Portugal is the great favorite to stay with the first place of the group, so inside the field will have to show a good football, so look for great result and confirm your favoritism. In the last match played, Portugal was only in the tie with Poland by the score of 1 x 1. There were 1 periods in the last 19 home games in all competitions: he scored 13 of his 37 goals in minutes (31'-45 ' ). There is no recent record of direct clashes between the two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The home team makes its debut in this edition of the competition, as they did not have to play any of the qualifiers prior to this group stage. The trained must bring to the field a very qualified team. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 5 times but managed to turn the score in 2.

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Zbirna have only once played at the World Cup finals so far, and they did really well to reach the quarter-finals in 2006, while they co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Poland, albeit failing to get past the group stage. After the country had gained independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine played their first international match in 1992, and they have come a long way since.

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They would be hoping to lift the Nations League title as well, to complement their victory in the last edition of the Euros. The team topped their group in the Nations League, competing with the likes of Poland and Italy. The defending champions are back, and so is their hero. After his fantastic performance in the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo is back to tie boots for his country.

Cristiano Ronaldo His hat-trick against Atletico Madrid saw Juventus reach the Champions League last eight and his return to the national fold will only strengthen Portugal.Bernardo Silva An integral part of Manchester Citys performances this season which sees them still competing for an unprecedented quadruple.Andre Silva Three goals in four UEFA Nations League matches helped the Portuguese reach the finals and takes him to 15 goals from 31 caps in total.

Andriy Yarmolenko is their most notable absentee as he continues to suffer with the injury which has ruled him out for West Ham for much of the season, while Roman Zozulya has had to make do with a place on the standby list only. Bohdan Butko, Serhiy Sydorchuk and Artem Kravets have all returned to the Ukraine squad to face Portugal.

Despite the fact that coach Fernando Santos decided to rest Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Nations League, A Selecao clinched top position in their group. Portugal have big ambitions for the next years European Championship, but they first need to qualify for the tournament. All eyes will be on Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica when Portugal and Ukraine face each other at the start of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. CR7, whose hat-trick helped Juventus eliminate Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16, is back and all eyes will be on him when Portugal face Ukraine at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Anyhow, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. The Ukrainians, on the other and, suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Slovakia in their last game in the UEFA Nations League and it is no surprise they are considered big underdogs in Fridays football match.

Portugal official video on Instagram pre Euro 2020 match vs Ukraine

Having spent 15 years of loyal service at the club and having gone through all the youth ranks with the Portugal national team, Adrien Silva made a man for himself during the Euro 2016 when he played every single one of Portugals matches from the round of 16 onwards. His imposing performances allowed him to attract plenty of interest from Europes top clubs during the summer transfer window.

Ukraine showed their strength during the UEFA Nations League, but the Portuguese - even without Ronaldo - were in good form then too and with their talisman back they should be winning this one. Expert Verdict: After victory in France in 2016, Portugal start Euro 2020 qualification as defending champions and have welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo back to the squad for their first game against Ukraine.

Even with the presence of some tough opponents, Portugal managed to top their group in the Nations League and has qualified for the next stage. Quite frankly, the team is on a roll. They will surely want to ensure qualification to the main event of the Euros as soon as possible and try to replicate Spains back-to-back wins in the competition a decade back.