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In this Euro 2024 qualifying Group C fixture, two nations, Ukraine and North Macedonia, will renew their hostilities at Stadion Letna in the Czech Republic. This exciting encounter promises a fierce battle as both teams aim to secure a coveted spot in the European Championships. In this preview, we’ll delve into the key details, team news, and potential lineups for this intriguing showdown.
|Ukraine vs North Macedonia Betting Tips|
Ukraine, under the leadership of manager Sergiy Rebrov, faced the reigning champions, Italy, in their last match, where they fell just short in a 2-1 loss. Despite their best efforts, they couldn’t overcome Italy, with Inter Milan’s Davide Frattesi scoring twice in the first half. Andriy Yarmolenko’s goal before halftime wasn’t enough to secure a victory for Ukraine. This result saw them garner just one point from their last two matches, pushing them down to third place in the qualifying group. The Blue and Yellow are now at risk of missing out on a major tournament for the first time since 2008.
On the other hand, North Macedonia have been impressing with their performance. They managed to hold Italy to a 1-1 draw and recently defeated Malta 2-0. Despite their last-place position in the group, North Macedonia can still secure the second qualification spot if they win against Ukraine and Malta causes an upset against Italy.
Ukraine have suffered a series of injuries that will impact their lineup. Notably, captain Andriy Yarmolenko will be sidelined, which will ensure that Andriy Shevchenko’s all-time scoring record remains intact. Viktor Tsygankov, who played a vital role for Ukraine in the summer, will also miss this match due to a hamstring injury. Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is out with a back problem. Mykhaylo Mudryk is expected to start, despite not scoring for his country in his previous appearances.
North Macedonia face their own challenges with captain Stefan Ristovski not part of the squad, following tension with head coach Milevski. Ilija Nestorovski, a ten-goal attacker, is also absent. Aleksandar Trajkovski, the second-highest scorer of all time for North Macedonia, is present but has not scored since March 2022. This leaves them with options such as Serie A title winner Elmas, Bojan Miovski, and Milan Ristovski to form their frontline.
Ukraine: Bushchan; Konoplya, Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Mykolenko; Zinchenko, Stepanenko, Sudakov; Malinovskyi, Dovbyk, Mudryk
North Macedonia: Siskovski; Manev, Musliu, Serafimov; Dimoski, Alimi, Ademi, Alioski; Bardhi; Miovski, Elmas
While Ukraine are dealing with key attacker absences, North Macedonia aim for revenge following their late collapse in their previous encounter. However, we still have faith in Ukraine to emerge victorious in a closely contested match. This win could provide Ukraine with a significant advantage in Group C, pushing them closer to securing a spot in the European Championships.
Prediction: Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia