Ukraine host Switzerland in Group 4 of the UEFA Nations League on Thursday. Ukraine have lost one match since 2018 and should prove hard to beat in Lviv.
Ukraine qualified for the UEFA European Championship, finishing top of Group B, three points ahead of Portugal. Andriy Shevchenko’s side won six of their eight matches with two draws.
Ukraine won two straight home matches in October to wrap up top spot. A 2-0 win against Lithuania was followed by a 2-1 win against Portugal with Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko on target.
Roman Bezus scored late in a 1-0 win against Estonia in a friendly before a 2-2 draw in Serbia to conclude the Euro qualifiers. Roman Yaremchuk equalised in the 32nd minute and Artem Besedin equalised deep into added time.
Ukraine Team News
Ukraine manager Andriy Shevchenko has seen a number of player withdraw through injury, six of the seven players from Dynamo Kyiv. With Vitalii Mykolenko ruled out expect Eduard Sobol to start at left-back.
Goalkeeper and captain Andriy Pyatov has earned 93 caps with Real Madrid youngster Andriy Lunin hoping to replace the 36-year-old as first choice. Pyatov has earned 93 caps with midfielders Taras Stepanenko (50), Andriy Yarmolenko (86) and Yevhen Konoplyanka (85) the most experienced players.
Brazilian born winger Marlos and striker Junior Moraes are both in the squad and are dangerous players. The bulk of Ukraine’s squad is made up of players from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Captain), Andriy Lunin, Yuriy Pankiv
Defenders: Mykola Matviyenko, Oleksandr Karavayev, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Eduard Sobol, Serhiy Bolbat, Ihor Plastun
Midfielders: Andriy Yarmolenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Taras Stepanenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Viktor Kovalenko,
Viktor Tsyhankov, Marlos
Forwards: Roman Yaremchuk, Júnior Moraes
Switzerland just got over the line to qualify for the UEFA European Championship, finishing top of Group D. Vladimir Petkovic’s side finished one point ahead of Denmark and four ahead of Republic of Ireland.
The Swiss competed in the UEFA Nations League finals, going down 3-1 to Portugal and defeated in a penalty shootout by England in the 3rd place playoff.
They returned to Euro qualification with a 4-0 win against Gibraltar and 1-0 defeat in Denmark. They bounced back with three straight wins; 2-0 against Republic of Ireland, 1-0 against Georgia and 6-1 in Gibraltar.
It was too easy at Victoria Stadium with Cedric Itten, Ruben Vargas and Christian Fassnacht establishing a 3-0 lead. Loris Benito, Itten and Granit Xhaka finished the job with goals in the final 15 minutes.
Switzerland Team News
Star player Xherdan Shaqiri is injured which is a big blow. Central midfielder Denis Zakaria is another player missing for the Swiss.
Switzerland have a young team including central defenders Manuel Akanjiand Nico Elvedi. Captain Granit Xhaka will dictate in midfield with striker Haris Seferović looking to add to his 18 international goals.
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer, Yvon Mvogo, Jonas Omlin
Defenders: Ricardo Rodríguez, Michael Lang, Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, Silvan Widmer, Kevin Mbabu, Loris Benito, Bećir Omeragić
Midfielders: Granit Xhaka (Captain), Steven Zuber, Renato Steffen, Djibril Sow, Michel Aebischer, Simon Sohm
Forwards: Haris Seferović, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranović, Albian Ajeti, Christian Fassnacht, Ruben Vargas
Ukraine vs Switzerland Head to Head
Ukraine have met Switzerland on two occasions. Ukraine advanced in a penalty shootout in the 2006 World Cup round of 16.
The last meeting was a friendly in 2010, the match ending 2-2 in Geneva.
Ukraine vs Switzerland Odds
Ukraine can be backed at 2.50 at Unibet with Switzerland available at 3.15. A draw can be backed at 3.10 at bet365.
Ukraine vs Switzerland Match Up
Ukraine have the form advantage against Switzerland, earning a draw and a win against Portugal. Switzerland played Portugal in the finals and were beaten 3-1 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.
Since 2018 Ukraine have lost once in 20 matches, Switzerland losing six of their 24 matches.
Ukraine’s squad contains nine players from Shakhtar Donetsk, many who should start. That could be a big advantage against a Swiss side which contains players from nine different countries.
Ukraine vs Switzerland Stats
- Ukraine have won 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
- Ukraine have won 3 of their last 4 matches (UEFA Nations League).
- Ukraine are undefeated in 20 of their last 21 matches including friendlies.
- Switzerland have won 4 of their last 5 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
- Switzerland are undefeated in 4 of their last 6 matches (UEFA Nations League).