Wednesday sees Ukraine take on North Macedonia at the National Arena Bucharest in Romania with both teams desperate for a positive result, having both been beaten on matchday one in Group C.
Ukraine come into this game on the back of a dramatic 3-2 loss to the Netherlands in a game that saw Andriy Shevchenko’s side fall two goals behind, following early second-half strikes from Gini Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst, before an Andriy Yarmolenko strike and a free header from a set-piece by Roman Yaremchuk saw them equalise with just over 10 minutes to go, however, there was a final sting in the tail, which saw PSV full-back Denzel Dumfries header in a cross from the left-hand side from Nathan Ake with just five minutes to go.
Meanwhile, North Macedonia were beaten 3-1 by Austria despite being level with just under 15 minutes to go, having equalised through Goran Pandev just before half-time, having fallen behind to Stefan Lainer’s opener, but, two goals in the final 11 minutes of the match from Michael Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautovic settled the outcome.
Ukraine to Win & BTTS - 7/2
According to the Betting Hub App in the last five matches there is a 60% chance of both teams scoring in this match, as they both did in their first group stage games of the tournament. Prior to this Ukraine had two matches in their previous four games where both teams scored as they laboured to two 1-1 draws against Bahrain and Kazakhstan, before beating Northern Ireland 1-0 and thumping Cyprus 4-0.
North Macedonia were also involved in the same amount of games that both teams scored in, as they famously beat Germany 2-1 back in late March via goals from Pandev and Elif Elmas, as well as drawing 1-1 with Slovenia earlier this month.
Ukraine to Win and Yaremchuk to Score - 9/4
The player in focus for this tip is Yaremchuk, the 25-year-old Gent striker scored in Ukraine’s opener against Holland as mentioned above, and is actually their most in-form goalscorer at club level this season, finding the back of the net 17 times in 28 games for Gent. The Lviv born striker also has a good record at international level, scoring nine goals in 25 appearances, of which three of these have come in his last four games against the Netherlands, Cyprus and Kazakhstan.