Ace Football previews the Group C match between the Netherlands and Ukraine in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, predictions, odds, and stats.
Netherlands head into an encounter against Ukraine on Sunday. Played out at Johan Cruijff Arena, this is their first of three outings in the group stages at the Euro 2020. The home side ranks 16th in the FIFA world rankings, thus indicating a close match against their 24th-placed foes.
Before their first match at the tournament Netherlands are heavy favorites with the bookmakers to top their group. The most optimistic of fans will of course be dreaming of the Dutch lifting the trophy like in 1988. While only qualifying via a 2nd place in the group stages their points tally would have been enough to top most groups.
Whilst outsiders to top their group Ukraine still seem to have a decent opportunity to qualify for the knockout stages. That would be a welcome payback for the disappointment of leaving the Euro 2016 without even scoring a single goal. Booking a place at the Euros perhaps proved a little more exciting than the Yellow and Blue dreamed but they proved to have enough quality for a 1st place in the group.
Stats and Analysis
Netherlands embark on their Euro 2020 campaign with splendid stats in their last 10 internationals. The one-time European champions hit the target 2.8 times on average per game, scoring 28 goals along the way. They conceded a total of 11 goals, an average of 1.1 per game, and held on for a clean sheet in 4 of those matches.
Ukraine have not exactly set the world on fire lately when it comes to goal scoring. Andriy Shevchenko’s side scored a mediocre 17 times in the last 10 internationals, creating an average of just 1.7 goals per game. They held on for a clean sheet in 5 of these matches, conceding 7 goals which is an average of 0.7 per game.
Heading into their opening match at the tournament Netherlands will be disappointed not to come out the other end with a win. They should have enough quality to see off Ukraine as they look for plain sailing in the group stages.
Have Ukraine got the quality to secure even a single point in their first encounter at the Euro 2020? The bookmakers seem to think it is a question of how big a defeat they will suffer.
Stats and facts for Netherlands and Ukraine.
Fun stats Netherlands
- Netherlands unbeaten the last 6 matches in a row;
- Netherlands has won in the last 5 of 6 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Netherlands’s last 10 of 12 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Netherlands’s last 7 of 9 matches.
Fun stats Ukraine
- Ukraine unbeaten the last 8 matches in a row;
- Ukraine unbeaten the last 4 matches in a row when playing away;
- Ukraine has won in the last 6 of 7 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Ukraine’s last 5 of 7 matches.
The Dutch continue to collect points.
Netherlands will be out to extend their fine run of results lately. In their 3 latest internationals, Frank de Boer’s men claimed a 7-0 win against Gibraltar and went on to a 2-2 draw against Scotland. Their latest game produced a 3-0 win against Georgia.
Ukrainians hope to boost points tally.
It has been a rollercoaster couple of weeks for Ukraine with performances showing little sign of stability. In their previous 3 matches, the Yellow and Blue split the points in a 1-1 draw against Bahrain and went on to a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland. Their latest match served up a 4-0 win against Cyprus.
Netherlands v Ukraine Fixture History
The last time the two nations squared up against each other, on 11 August 2010, both teams came away unscathed following a 1-1 draw.
Netherlands have the following 1-1-0 meeting statistics with Ukraine.
Netherlands are banking on Memphis Depay to bring his A-game to the table as he has in recent internationals in which he claimed 6 goals in 6 outings. With Andriy Yarmolenko on 2 goals in the last 6 internationals, he has delivered the goods for Ukraine and will hope to add to his tally.