What Is Ukraine Capable Of Within Group C At Euro 2020?
Ukraine Total Tournament Goals
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Ukraine Tournament Analysis
Group C may lag a bit behind the others in the world ranking, but this group may end up being a dogfight. After missing EURO 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the Netherlands has little experience in major competition amongst its younger players and lacks a bite in attack it’s used to having with the retirements of Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie, and Arjen Robben. And with a growing hot seat under current manager Frank de Boer due to questionable results and lineups, it’s possible that the favorite may not win this group.
Enter Ukraine — a team led by former legendary striker turned young, promising manager Andriy Shevchenko has given the nation hope after receiving their first-ever direct qualification for the competition. A surprising omission of 31-year-old and long-time national team member Yevhen Konoplyanka proved to everyone that Shevchenko believes in his youth and their ability for the future. Oleksandr Zinchenko, Roman Yaremchuk, and Mykola Matviyenko make up a strong core of younger players that this squad can benefit from.
Shevchenko has mainly set up in a 4-1-4-1 in recent matches. The Ukrainians like to commit men forward by having the previously mentioned Zinchenko and Ruslan Malinovskyi join the attack from the midfield to create a threatening attack. Teams like the Netherlands and Austria may be keen to catch this midfield duo out of position and capitalize on a lack of men behind the ball, as this can be a massive gamble for Ukraine. Nevertheless, Ukraine did finish undefeated and take first place in their qualifying group that consisted of Portugal and Serbia, proving that they can hang with the best of them after taking four points off the Portuguese in two matches.
With matches against North Macedonia, Austria, and a Netherlands side that poses weakness, especially without defender Virgil Van Dijk, Ukraine certainly poses a threat to Group C. Shevchenko will ensure that they commit to the attack and take their chances when they present themselves. Take the over on their goal total as this side could be seeing some knockout stage action.
The Bet: Over 5.5 (-105)