Ace Football previews the Group C match between North Ukraine and Austria in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, odds, and predictions.
Ukraine take on Austria for a match in the European Championship on Monday at Arena Nationala. The Ukrainians arrive to the tournament placed 24 in the FIFA world rankings, sitting fairly close to their 23rd-placed foes.
Prior to their first outing at the Euros Ukraine are expected by the bookmakers to at least challenge for 1st place in their group. Andriy Shevchenko’s side grabbed top spot in their qualifying group through a convincing campaign. Judging by the odds with the bookmakers they could both be on their way home early or they could cause an upset.
It has the look of a close battle to get through the group but Austria head into their first match knowing they have real quality in their ranks. They were not entirely convincing all the way through qualifying but still booked a fairly secure 2nd place in the qualification group.
Stats and Analysis
Having so far lost and won a match at the Euro 2020, Ukraine will be fully aware that they need at least a point to secure participation in the next stages.
Austria go into their final group match on 3 points and need to be fully focused. Qualification to the knockout stages can only be sealed by beating Ukraine on Monday, effectively setting up a final between the two teams.
Stats and facts for Ukraine and Austria.
Fun stats Ukraine
- Ukraine has won the last 5 matches in a row at home;
- Ukraine has won in the last 5 of 6 matches at home;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Ukraine’s last 7 of 9 matches;
- Ukraine scored in the last 9 of 11 matches.
Fun stats Austria
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Austria’s last 3 of 5 matches;
- Austria conceded in the last 5 of 7 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Austria’s last 4 when playing away matches in the row;
- Austria scored in the last 4 of 6 matches.
The Blue and Yellow 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 internationals, they claimed a 4-0 win against Cyprus after which they witnessed a 3-2 defeat against the Netherlands. The most recent international served up a 2-1 win against Macedonia.
Austrians can build on recent win
Austria will enter the match hoping to finally end their dismal run of form in recent matches. In their 3 latest outings, Franco Foda’s men ended with a 0-0 draw against Slovakia and went on to a 3-1 win against Macedonia. Their latest game produced a 2-0 defeat against the Netherlands.
Ukraine v Austria Fixture History
The last time the two nations squared up against each other, which was back on 1 June 2012, Austria ran away with a 3-2 victory.
Ukraine enter the match against Austria with a 1-0-1 record in their previous 10 encounters in the European Championship.
It is tempting to look at Andriy Yarmolenko as a possible marksman for Ukraine, as he has provided the team with 4 goals in their previous 6 internationals. With Marko Arnautovic on 1 goal in the last 6 internationals, he hopes to add to his tally here.