Ukraine – Slovakia : Preview & Prediction
Ukraine and Slovakia play at L’viv Arena in a friendly. This is the second friendly this year after Ukraine’s friendly against Malta. In the case of Slovakia, this is their 3rd friendly of the year, having already faced Sweden and Uganda. In the last 3 years there have been only 2 direct clashes between these two teams: one on 08-09-2015, which ended with a draw for (0-0), and the most recent on 08-09-2014, which ended with the victory of Slovakia by (0-1).
The home team are in contention for their second friendly of the year, having pitted against Malta in a match that ended with Ukraine (0-1) Malta. The team arrives at this meeting after a home defeat by Croatia (0-2). Ukraine won 5, drew 1 and lost 4 of their last 10 home games for all competitions. In his home games there is a tendency to few goals, since 5 of his last 12 games finished with Less than 1.5 goals and 11 in 12 finished with Less than 2.5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 8 times and never managed to turn the board. In the last 12 home games in all competitions there are 1 featured periods: scored 5 of his 13 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
Ukraine are playing their first appearance after the World Cup qualifying round, but failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In their last matchup for the knockout tournament, the Ukrainians received Croatia at home, and were defeated by 0x2, suffering both goals in the first stage, without being able to sketch some reaction. The Ukrainian National Team played three games against their fans so far in 2017, and in two of them they could not balance the opposing network, thus revealing certain offensive problems. It is likely that coach Shevchenko will set up the team in the 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2, with Ukrainian national Marlos, who has already signed for Coritiba and Sao Paulo, the most prominent.
This will be the third friendly of the year of the visiting team, after previous friendly matches have recorded the following results: Sweden (6-0) Slovakia and Slovakia (1-3) Uganda. In the last game he played, for the World Cup qualifiers – Europe, won Malta at home (3-0). In the last 10 games as a visitor Slovakia won 3, drew 1 and lost 6. Their attack has scored regularly, as they managed to achieve in 7 of the last 10 games. In his games as a visitor there is a tendency to have goals, since 9 of his last 12 games finished with More than 2.5 goals. In 15 games, he never got around to scoring in the 6 games in which he conceded the first goal. In the last 12 away games for all competitions there has been 1 period that stands out: scored 8 of his 15 goals between minutes (31’-45 ‘).
Slovakia, as well as their opponents, enter the field for the first time after the end of the World Cup qualifiers. The Seleção had a good campaign in Group F of the qualifying tournament, finishing in second place with just over 50% of the points they played but still did not score enough to play in the play-offs, although they won their last clash against the Seleção of Malta, for 3×0. The Slovaks played three home games so far in 2017, accumulating two wins and one defeat, and two of them did not have their defense leaked. The coach should not make any major changes to the team that played in the last World Cup qualifying match, and will likely keep Nemec as the benchmark in the offensive sector.
Ukraine – Slovakia : Betting Tips
Ukraine – Win Odds: 2.00
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70