UEFA Nations League Match and Betting preview
`One of the biggest examples of resilience has been Ukraine’s form over the last five matchdays. Despite the country being dragged into an unwanted war by Russia, the Ukrainian National side has perfectly embodied the defiance and resilience of the country and has won a lot of neutrals over in the process.
The home side are currently 2nd in League B, Group 1 and will be hoping to win at Hampden Park, leapfrog the Ukrainians, and put themselves in a strong position to gain promotion to League A.
Who emerges victorious from this one? Read on to find out!
The two teams have faced each other just three times. Ukraine has the advantage in this H2H; the Eastern European side has won 2 games, Scotland has won one game and there have been no draws between the two teams.
The last time the two teams met in June, Ukraine ran out 3-1 winners as Arsenal wing back, Oleksandr Zinchenko out in a man-of-the-match performance.
The home side has lost just twice in the last ten games. Unfortunately, those two losses have also come in the last five games, which makes their recent form look quite average. They’ve also won twice and drawn one of their last five games. (D-L-W-L-W)
Ukraine, on the other hand, have lost just once in their last 10 games. In the last five games, they’ve lost once, won three times and lost once. (W-L-W-W-D)
Team captain, Andrew Robertson picked up a muscle injury with Liverpool earlier this month and will be out until October. John Souttar, Ross Stewart and Liam Cooper are also injured and will miss this game.
Kieran Tierney is back, however, and will be available for selection.
Expected starting XI: Craig Gordon; Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry, Grant Hanley; Nathan Patterson, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Kieran Tierney; Ryan Christie, Ryan Fraser; Che Adams. (3-4-2-1)
Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf injury) is injured while fellow midfielder, Mykola Shaparenko is a doubt for the match.
Expected starting XI: Andriy Lunin; Vitaliy Mykolenko, Mykola Matviyenko, Ilyan Zabarnyi, Oleksandr Karavaev; Sergiy Sydorchuk; Andriy Yarmolenko, Viktor Kovalenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Mykhaylo Mudryk; Roman Yaremchuk. (4-1-4-1)
Stuart Armstrong (2 goals) has scored the most goals for Scotland this Nations League campaign while Alexander Karavaev (1 goal) is Ukraine’s highest goal scorer.
Scotland average 66% of possession and complete 604.7 passes/game while Ukraine has the ball 64.4% of the time and completes 540 passes/game.
Scotland excels at winning the ball in the attacking third with 10.7 final third possessions won while Ukraine averages just 3 final third possessions won per game. Conversely, Ukraine feasts on stray passes, making 9 interceptions/game while Scotland averages just 3.3 interceptions/game.
Both sides average a similar amount of fouls/game. Ukraine average 12.7 fouls per game and have received 7 yellow cards while Scotland average 11.3 fouls per game and have received 4 yellow cards.
The two teams both average 5 shots on target per game.
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.37
Both teams to score @ 1.90
Ukraine win/draw (2x) @ 1.40