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          Euro 2024 Qualifying Ukraine vs. Iceland Prediction & Betting Tips

          In the backdrop of heightened expectations and the dramatic narratives that often accompany international football, Ukraine and Iceland are set to meet in a crucial Euro 2024 qualifying playoff final this Tuesday. This match represents not just a pathway to one of football's most prestigious tournaments but also a testament to the resilience and ambition of two nations with unique stories to tell in the realm of European football.

          Date: 26/03/2024

          Kick-off time: 19:45

          Location: The Wrocław Stadium

          Ukraine enter this match with a mixture of determination and a sense of injustice, following a qualifying campaign that has tested the team's mettle in more ways than one. Drawn into a formidable qualifying group alongside England and Italy, Ukraine's third-place finish, decided only by head-to-head record, underscores both their quality and the slim margins that often dictate the fate of national teams in these competitions. The dramatic final game against Italy, in which Ukraine were denied a clear penalty in the dying moments, could have easily secured their spot in Germany, highlighting the fine line between success and the playoff route they now navigate.

          Amidst the backdrop of war in their homeland, Ukraine's campaign is imbued with a deeper significance. The team cannot play on home soil, a reality that has seen Poland become a temporary stage for their home matches. This displacement adds a poignant layer to Ukraine's quest for qualification, serving as a powerful narrative of resilience and unity in the face of adversity.

          The squad, under the guidance of Serhiy Rebrov, boasts significant talent, including Real Madrid's Andriy Lunin, Arsenal's Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Chelsea's Mykhailo Mudryk. Their abilities on the field offer Ukraine a solid foundation for success, supported by a collective spirit that has seen them qualify for the last three editions of the European Championship.

          Iceland, meanwhile, present a story of unexpected opportunity and the perpetual underdog spirit that has endeared them to fans worldwide. Finishing fourth in their qualifying group, the team's path to the playoffs comes courtesy of their performance in the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League, a lifeline that they'll no doubt be grateful for.

          Managed by Åge Hareide, Iceland are a team that know what it means to defy expectations. Having qualified for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, they've tasted the exhilaration of competing on football's biggest stages, achievements that remain highlights in the nation's sporting history. Players like Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hákon Arnar Haraldsson, and Albert Guðmundsson bring quality and determination to a squad eager to add another chapter to their remarkable journey in international football.

          Tuesday's playoff final is more than a tactical battle; it is a convergence of emotional narratives and national pride. For Ukraine, victory would be a beacon of hope and a testament to the unyielding spirit of a nation facing unprecedented challenges. For Iceland, a win would reaffirm their status as giant-killers and perpetrators of football's most beloved fairy tales.

          Tactically, both teams will have to navigate the pressures that come with such a high-stakes match. Ukraine, with its blend of top-tier talent, will likely adopt an assertive approach, leveraging the skillsets of Lunin, Zinchenko, and Mudryk to control the game's tempo and create scoring opportunities. Their strategy will need to balance offensive ambition with the necessity of maintaining defensive solidity against an Icelandic team capable of exploiting any lapses in concentration.

          Iceland, aware of their underdog status but buoyed by their history of upsetting the odds, will likely focus on a disciplined defensive structure and the efficiency of counter-attacks. The midfield battle, involving players like Haraldsson, will be crucial in disrupting Ukraine's rhythm and launching swift transitions to put the Ukrainian defence under pressure.

          Historically these two sides have been dead even, with the four historical head-to-head meetings producing one win for each side and two draws. The most recent encounter, back in September 2017, saw Iceland claim a 2-0 win.

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          Team News

          Ukraine Team News:

          Roman Yaremchuk had a huge impact off the bench in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday night and could come into the starting XI here. Likewise, Ruslan Malinovskyi will be pushing strongly for a place in the starting lineup.

          Bournemouth's Illia Zabarnyi will start at the heart of the defence with Everton's Vitaliy Mykolenko at left-back.

          Mykhailo Mudryk, a talisman for his country, will continue his role on the left wing.

          Iceland Team News:

          Iceland manager Åge Hareide will be hesitant to make any changes following a strong performance last time out. If there is to be a change, Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson could come into the lineup after coming off the bench at half-time against Israel.

          Lille youngster Hákon Haraldsson played the full 90 against Israel so his place is secure here, while Blackburn's Arnór Sigurðsson should keep his place out on the left flank.

          Striker Albert Guðmundsson will be on cloud 9 after a hat-trick against Israel and will be looking for a repeat of his heroics here.

          Form Guide (Last Five Games)

          Ukraine had a dramatic, nervy semi-final against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday night which saw them deliver a very late comeback to secure their place in the final. Ukraine fell 1-0 down on 56 minutes thanks to a Mykola Matviyenko own goal, but after half an hour of huffing and puffing Ukraine finally got their breakthrough on 85 minutes as Roman Yaremchuk levelled the score. Then, in dramatic fashion, Artem Dovbyk sealed the victory with a winner just three minutes later.

          The win means Ukraine's form is good, having won three and drawn one of their last four games. A 0-0 draw with Italy preceded the win over Bosnia-Herzegovina, which came after successive wins against Malta (1-3) and North Macedonia (2-0).

          Ukraine haven't lost a game at 'home' since a 1-2 defeat to Germany back in October 2020.

          Iceland delivered a fantastic performance on Thursday night as they hammered Israel 4-1 to secure their place in the playoff final. Iceland fell behind to a penalty on 31 minutes, but swiftly turned the game on its head through Albert Guðmundsson and Arnór Traustason before Guðmundsson notched another two goals in the second half to secure a comprehensive victory away from home.

          Iceland now come into this game having won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five games, having also lost to Portugal (2-0) and Slovakia (4-2) in that period amidst a win over Liechtenstein (4-0) and a draw with Luxembourg (1-1).

          Iceland have also won two and lost three of their last five games on the road.

          Footy Accumulators Prediction

          Ukraine are the firm favourites here but Iceland should provide a stiff test. Iceland's form was awful coming into this playoff round but they entered the game with Israel as the clear underdogs but that clearly meant little. Ultimately, Ukraine should have too much quality for Iceland and while this venue isn't technically their home stadium, it will very much feel that way given how large the Ukrainian population is in this part of Poland. We predict: Ukraine 2-1 Iceland.

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          Header logoEuro 2024 Qualifying - Group C

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          Team logoItaly
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          Team logoN. Macedonia
          Team logoMalta
          Last updated 18/07/2024

          Header logoEuro 2024 Qualifying - Group J

          Team logoPortugal
          Team logoSlovakia
          Team logoLuxembourg
          Team logoIceland
          Team logoBosnia
          Team logoLiechtenstein
          Last updated 18/07/2024

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