Given how well they performed in qualifying, Ukraine are considered by some to be among the dark horses for Euro 2021, and so they will be expected to win in the Ukraine vs North Macedonia betting odds, which currently favour them at 1.7.
Macedonia, or Republic of North Macedonia as they are known politically, were a revelation in qualifying and made their way into their first ever major tournament via the play-offs. That alone is an astonishing achievement, and so they head into Euro 2021 with a ‘free hit’ in their games.
Ukraine are the second favourites in the Euro 2021 betting odds to qualify from Group C behind the Netherlands, and so winning this game against the group’s so-called weakest team will be essential.
But can they get the job done? In this Ukraine vs Macedonia preview, we will run the rule over both teams and see if we can identify any betting value.
Unsurprisingly, it’s the Ukrainians that have been given favouritism in the Macedonia vs Ukraine betting odds and they can be backed at 1.7 at the moment.
But you may have an inkling about the underdog, in which case you can back them at odds of 6.05. You could also back the draw at 3.72.
2. Ukraine vs North Macedonia Preview
To give you a flavour of Ukraine’s form in the past couple of years, they took four points from two games against the defending European champions Portugal, while 5-0 and 5-1 victories over Serbia and Lithuania highlight their class in front of goal.
All of those results came during the qualifying for this competition, where they went unbeaten and finished three points clear of Cristiano Ronaldo’s team – that should give you an idea of their pedigree.
They might not have a striker of the class of Andriy Shevchenko anymore, but seventeen goals in eight qualifiers shows that Ukraine still know how to win games – that will be something to watch out for in the Euro 2020 betting tips.
The minimum task for us is to advance from the group. We have a good young team. If we are well prepared, the players are in shape and do without injuries, then everything will be in our power. Everything will depend on our readiness. - Andriy Shevchenko for Ukrainian Association of Football
As is classic, their squad is made up largely of players from their finest domestic teams like Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev – that’s no bad thing, as those sides have extensive experience in the Champions League, which ensures they have big tournament football under their belt.
Their squad is supplemented by stars plying their club trade around the world. West Ham fans know all about Andriy Yarmolenko, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is now a regular performer in Manchester City’s likely Premier League winning starting eleven. They can also call upon Atalanta pair Viktor Kovalenko and Ruslan Malinovski.
Factor in top scorer during qualifying, Roman Yaremchuk, and this is a Ukraine squad with plenty of quality, and that is something we have t factor in to our Ukraine vs Macedonia predictions.
Meanwhile, during qualifying Macedonia were beaten home and away by Austria – another Group C team at Euro 2021, but they showed some quality in the play-offs when sweeping aside Kosovo and Georgia.
It’s fair to say that their squad is not packed with household names. However, you may know about Goran Pandev – the veteran who has scored goals in Italy’s Serie A for years, while Ezgjan Alioski will be well known to Leeds United fans in their exciting run to the Premier League.
It would be foolish to write off the underdogs then in our Ukraine vs Macedonia betting tips, but as we’ve learned these Ukrainians are a high-quality bunch who head to Euro 2021 in fine form.
While it’s always savvy to consider all of the possible angles of a football match when placing your bets, sometimes you just have to with the most obvious plays.
And so, in our Ukraine vs. Macedonia betting tips, we simply have to back the class of the Ukrainians to shine through.
Remember, they are likely going to need to win this game given that fixtures against the Netherlands and Austria will pose more of a threat, and that will surely give them a sense of urgency.
It was notable in qualifying just how goal-friendly Ukraine were, and that front foot approach will benefit them here and – presumably – allow them to find the net a couple of times against a valiant but lacking North Macedonia.
As such, the second of our Ukraine vs Macedonia betting picks sees us take Over 2.5 Goals line at 2.51.
It depends where you are based as to whether a Ukraine vs Macedonia live stream is available to you or not.
In the UK, you can catch Macedonia vs Ukraine live streaming via the BBC or ITV, while in other countries you should check your local listings.
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