Preview:International Friendly -- Ukraine VS Cyprus

International Friendly - Ukraine VS Cyprus

Match Time: 07-06-2021 21:30 Monday

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Match Preview

In this round of International Friendly, Ukraine will play against Cyprus at home. Following a remarkable Euro 2020 qualification period in which Ukraine booked their place in the final tournament without defeat, victories have been hard to come by for Andriy Shevchenko since 2020, but a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland was a timely boost ahead of the summer.A 10th-minute header from Oleksandr Zubkov was all that could separate the two sides on the night, as Ukraine managed to end a spate of stalemates after drawing their last four games 1-1, including their first three of World Cup qualification.Failing to get one over 98th-ranked Bahrain was a bitter disappointment for Ukraine, but Shevchenko's side have at least managed to string together a five-game unbeaten run across all competitions before they attempt the improbable task of pipping the Netherlands or Austria to a top-two spot in Euro 2020 Group C.Shevchenko's side must prepare for battle with group favourites Netherlands on the opening matchday of this year's tournament, but a strong third-placed ranking could yet see them meet one of the big boys in the knockout rounds, where they have not made an appearance since their runners-up finish in 1988.Unsurprisingly, a team led by the formerly ruthless Shevchenko need no trouble finding the back of the net - having done so in their last 16 games on home soil - but Ukraine have only managed to score once in each of their last six on familiar territory, so the visit of Cyprus could provide a prime opportunity to break that duck.Cyprus coach Nikos Kostenoglou during the match on March 24, 2021

 

Two crushing victories over the international whipping boys San Marino were Cyprus' only saving graces during their European qualification period, and the 97th-ranked nation have yet to establish themselves as a real force to be reckoned with.That being said, Nikos Kostenoglou was able to take pride in his side's performances during March's World Cup qualifiers, as Cyprus overcame Slovenia and held Slovakia to a goalless draw, while also frustrating 2018 runners-up Croatia before falling to a 1-0 defeat.Kostenoglou has evidently instilled a resilient nature into this Cyprus side, and it very nearly paid dividends once again during their friendly encounter with Hungary on Friday, but Andras Schafer's first-half strike ultimately proved decisive on the day as Cyprus succumbed to another 1-0 loss.With no Euro 2020 campaign to worry about, Kostenoglou's men have no reason to play in a conservative manner as they attempt to derail Ukraine's preparations for the tournament, but the visitors have not won away from home since beating Kazakhstan 2-1 in October 2019.Cyprus' first meeting with Ukraine saw them come out on top in a thrilling 4-3 extra-time win during a 2001 friendly, but Taras Stepanenko scored the only goal of the game when the Yellow and Blue overcame their opponents 1-0 back in 2016.

 

Ukraine possible starting lineup:Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matvienko, Mykolenko; Zinchenko, Shaparenko, Malinovskiy; Marlos, Yaremchuk, Zubkov

Cyprus possible starting lineup:Panagi; Sotiriou, Andreou, Ioannou; Psaltis, Artymatas, Kastanos, Nikolaou; Loizou, Christofi, Pittas

 

Odds Analysis

The 10BET 1x2 first odds of this game are 1.30-4.90-8.75, the 1x2 live odds are 1.30-5.00-8.50. And the Kelly Criterion is 0.96-0.95-0.96. Therefore, Ukraine will win in this game.

        

Goalooin Prediction:

Ukraine (68.86%)

Draw (21.28%)

Cyprus (9.86%)

 

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