Preview - Czech Republic vs Ukraine 07 September 18

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Uefa Nations League Group B
Czech Republic vs Ukraine
Friday, September 7th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  City Stadium

Czech Republic:
Last five matches form: W L W L W
Average goals per match (last ten games) : 1.60
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.30
Top Scorer: Michael Krmenčik (7)

Last five matches form: W D W D W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.50
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.90
Top Scorer: Andriy Yarmolenko (35)

Two sides who missed out on the World Cup Finals, but perhaps aren't too far off the fringes of the worlds elite meet in the Czech Republic this week as Andriy Shevchenko brings his Ukraine outfit to take on Karel Jarolím's men.

Just the third meeting between these nations and the first since 2012. The Czech Republic won the first encounter 4-0 with the second game resulting in a goalless draw.

Ukraine head here in the better form of the two sides having not lost in five games now. Japan and Morocco both took their place in the World Cup field, but neither was able to beat the Yellow-Blue.

Czech Republic have been a little hit and miss of late, being thumped by Australia and then beating Nigeria in their two most recent games.

Regular members of the back line, Jakub Jugas and Marek Suchy both look set to be missing for the hosts.

Rated 35 as opposed to 44 for the Czech Republic, it is the Ukraine who are the better of these two sides according to Fifa. They are also in better form at present, and whilst the Czech Republic have home advantage, those problems in defence may just swing things in favour of the Ukraine.

Prediction: Czech Republic 1 - 2 Ukraine


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  8 - 22
Shots on target: 6 - 11
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 36% - 64%

Josef Husbauer and Tomas Soucek were booked for the home side. The Ukraine players kept on the right side of referee Anthony Taylor throughout.

Ukraine had been in the better form of these two sides headed into this fixture and it certainly showed on the night. Andriy Shevchenko's men bossed possession and registered a highly impressive 22 efforts on goal, particularly considering they were playing away from home here. Despite all that dominance though they had to come from behind and left it oh so late to pick up the three points.

It was the Czech's who started on the front foot and after just four minutes the home side found themselves a goal to the good. Good positive driving run from Patrik Schick taking the forward into the left-hand side of the eighteen yard box from where he powered an effort into the near side top corner.

From that moment on the first half was pretty much all the Ukraine. Roman Yaremchuk was guilty of missing a couple of guilt edged headers before the visitors did grab their equaliser in the 45th minute. Yevheniy Konoplyanka receiving the ball from Marlos on the left around ten yards from goal before wrongfooting the defence when cutting back inside to finish with his right into the bottom left corner. 1-1 at the interval.

Both sides went for the win in what was an entertaining second half, with the Ukraine again having the better of it.

Then just as the game looked to be headed for a draw in the third minute of added on time, the Ukraine stole the points. A looped cross into the box from the left looked harmless enough but caused untold chaos in the Czech back four. A missed header, deflection and flapping keeper later and Oleksandr Zinchenko was tapping into an empty net from close range. 1-2 is the way it finished.

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