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Ukraine v North Macedonia Betting Odds Predictions - European Championship Matchday (2)
Jun 16, 2021, 5:57:00 AM

Ukraine v North Macedonia Betting Odds Predictions - European Championship Matchday (2)

The game will be played this Thursday at 1:00pm GMT at the Arena Natională.

It’s an Eastern European battle in Bucharest on Thursday as Ukraine and North Macedonia clash in Group B. After both sides lost their opening matches, you can be sure that they will be going all out for an important win to keep alive their dreams of a last 16 spot.

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Ukraine Look To Get Back To Winning Ways

Sunday’s 3-2 defeat against the Netherlands was Ukraine’s first loss of 2021, after a run that saw them undefeated in six matches. Coach Andriy Shevchenko will be aiming for a return to winning form from his side on Thursday though as they look to bank a vital three points.

Important Stat

Ukraine were undefeated in qualifying for Euro 2020, winning six and drawing two of their eight matches - recording five clean sheets in the process. It’s a 45.24% chance that they’ll win to nil in Bucharest on Thursday.

North Macedonia Hunting Down First-Ever Euro Finals Victory

They may have lost to Austria on Sunday but that was North Macedonia’s first defeat in five matches, including a stunning World Cup qualifying victory over Germany in Duisburg. 

It may seem a tough ask against a decent-looking Ukraine side but if they can perform to the level of their win over Germany, they could provide a shock and it’s a 31.34% chance that they open the scoring in Bucharest.

Important Stat

North Macedonia have scored 15 goals in their last nine matches but the likelihood of them scoring 3 or more goals against Ukraine is only 4.25%.

Win Probability

Ukraine are the favourites to take the win in Bucharest - rated at 61.73% for success - in contrast, North Macedonia are rated at only 16.13% to take the three points. The likelihood of the match ending in a draw is 27.40%.

Ukraine v North Macedonia Head-to-Heads.

These countries have met only four times previously and their last meeting was in October 2015. Ukraine have won twice, North Macedonia won once, and one match was drawn. North Macedonia’s only success was in 2014 when they ran out 1-0 winners in Skopje - the likelihood of them winning to nil again on Thursday is 15.01%.

Performance Report

Andriy Yarmolenko got on the scoresheet against the Netherlands and the West Ham player has now scored 41 goals for Ukraine leaving only Andriy Shevchenko in front of him in his country’s all-time scoring charts.

North Macedonia have relied on veteran striker Goran Pandev in recent months but Elif Elmas has proven to also be a potent attacking threat. The 21-year-old Napoli winger has now scored seven goals for his country - including three in his last five appearances - he’s a player that Ukraine will need to keep a very close eye on.

Author: Ben Llorente

Image: BI