In the second Euro 2020 Group C match, Ukraine and North Macedonia will play for three critical points on Thursday evening. Both teams lost their first games, with Andriy Shevchenko’s team losing a thrilling 3-2 match against the Netherlands and the Red Lynxes falling 3-1 to Austria. Here is our expert guess on Ukraine vs North Macedonia prediction and lineup.
Ukraine lineup: Bushchan; Karavayev, Zabarnyi, Matviyenko, Mykolenko; Malinovskyi, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Tsygankov
Oleksandr Zubkov is ruled out from Thursday’s match after being replaced in 13 minutes of Ukraine’s 3-2 loss against the Netherlands on Sunday.
Oleksandr Zinchenko will be forced into the front three as a result of Zubkov’s projected absence.
North Macedonia lineup: Dimitrievski; S.Ristevski, Velkovski, Musliu; Nikolov, Bardhi, Ademi, Elmas, Alioski; Pandev, Trajkovski
North Macedonia will undoubtedly make changes after losing 3-1 to Austria in their first match but it’s worth noting that that was likely their best XI.
Ukraine returned from a 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands to tie the game at 2-2 only to concede the winner with five minutes remaining. A deficit would have been a huge disappointment after working so hard to get back into the game.
North Macedonia suffered a 3-1 defeat to Austria on Sunday, although that was expected to be their easiest game, the next two matches against Ukraine and the Netherlands look dismal.
Out of the past 22 international matches in all competitions, Ukraine has only conceded a goal in only two games, while North Macedonia has only conceded a goal in one of their past 16 matches.
Goals are expected in Thursday’s match, which is a must-win game for both teams if they are to advance to the knockout round.
Despite the Red Lynxes’ best efforts, we believe Shevchenko’s team has the extra quality in the final third to secure all three points in Bucharest.
Ukraine 3-1 North Macedonia
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