Ukraine host Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday. Ukraine are having a tough run of luck with Spain set to capitalise in Kiev and take control of Group 4.
Ukraine qualified for the UEFA European Championship in style. They won six of their eight matches with two draws, finishing ahead of Portugal in Group B.
Andriy Shevchenko’s side are in poor form in 2020 however, losing their last three matches. They won 2-1 against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League before a heavy 4-0 defeat in Spain.
Ukraine were well beaten in Madrid, trailing 3-0 after 32 minutes and managing only 30% possession and four shots.
It got worse against France in a friendly last week. The 7-1 defeat in Paris saw Viktor Tsygankov score a consolation, the team largely changed with players missing due to injury and coronavirus.
Ukraine returned home in the UEFA Nations League and lost 2-1 against Germany. Ruslan Malinovskiy’s 74th minute penalty got his nation back in the game but Germany held on.
Ukraine Team News
Ukraine still have huge injury problems and key players missing with Covid-19. Goalkeeper and captain Andriy Pyatov has earned 95 caps but is unavailable after testing positive for coronavirus.
With Andriy Lunin also out, so Heorhii Bushchan should continue in goal. Defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko also tested positive.
Mykola Matvienko, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka and Junior Moraes are injured. Atalanta winger Ruslan Malinovskiy is suspended but Marlos came off the bench against Germany.
Goalkeepers: Heorhiy Bushchan, Mykyta Shevchenko, Dmytro Riznyk
Defenders: Oleksandr Karavayev, Eduard Sobol, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Ihor Plastun, Bohdan Mykhaylichenko, Illya Zabarnyi, Yevhen Cheberko, Yukhym Konoplya, Valeriy Bondar
Midfielders: Andriy Yarmolenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Viktor Kovalenko, Roman Bezus, Viktor Tsyhankov, Marlos, Volodymyr Shepelyev, Yevhenii Makarenko, Mykola Shaparenko, Ihor Kharatin, Oleksandr Zubkov.
Forwards: Roman Yaremchuk
Spain qualified for the European Championship by finishing five points ahead of Sweden at the top of Group F. They beat Malta 7-0 and Romania 5-0 in their final two matches.
La Roja began the UEFA Nations League with a 1-1 draw against Germany in Stuttgart. Luis Enrique’s side responded with a 4-0 win against Ukraine. Sergio Ramos (2), Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres on target.
Spain met Portugal in an international friendly with the match ending 0-0 in Lisbon. They got back to Nations League action with a 1-0 victory against Switzerland in Madrid, Mikel Oyarzabal scoring an early winner.
Spain Team News
Dani Carvajal is injured with Sergi Roberto and Jesús Navas options at right-back. Centre-back Diego Llorente has pulled out of the squad with a muscle injury.
Midfielder Thiago is in quarantine but Fabian Ruiz is available. Sergio Busquets could make way for Rodri in the holding midfield role.
Mikel Oyarzabal could continue up front, Adama Traoré hoping to impress after making his international debut in Portugal.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Unai Simón
Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Jesús Navas, José Luis Gayà, Diego Llorente, Pau Torres, Eric García, Sergio Reguilón
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Fabian Ruiz, Rodri, Dani Ceballos, Dani Olmo, Mikel Merino, Sergio Canales, José Campaña
Forwards: Rodrigo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Adama Traoré, Gerard, Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres.
Ukraine vs Spain Head to Head
Spain have a 5-0 advantage against Ukraine with one draws in six matches. Spain have won the last five including a 4-0 home win in September.
Sergio Ramos scored the opening two goals in Madrid, young wingers Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres also on target.
Ukraine vs Spain Odds
Spain are 1.40 favourites at Unibet
with Ukraine available at 8.50. A draw can be backed at 5.25 with bet365
Ukraine vs Spain Match Up
Ukraine’s squad is decimated by injuries and coronavirus. They couldn’t handle Spain a month ago however, and are unlikely to stop La Roja here.
Spain have won their last five matches against Ukraine, winning 4-0, 1-0, 1-0 and 4-0 in the last four.
Ukraine vs Spain Stats
- Ukraine have lost their last 3 matches including friendlies.
- Ukraine have lost by 4+ goals in 2 of their last 3 matches (all competitions).
- Spain have won their last 5 matches against Ukraine (all competitions).
- Spain have won to nil in their last 4 matches against Ukraine (all competitions).
- Spain have won to nil in their last 2 matches (UEFA Nations League).
- Spain have won 11 of their last 15 matches including friendlies.
- Spain have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 3 matches including friendlies.