Preview - Ukraine vs Slovakia 09 September 18

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Sep 09, 2018, 02:11 AM Last Edit: Sep 09, 2018, 02:15 AM by Harry85
Uefa Nations League B Group 1
Ukraine vs Slovakia
Sunday, September 9th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  Arena Lviv

Last five matches form: D W D W 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)

Last five matches form: W W D L W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.60
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.10
Top Scorer: Marek Hamík (21)

This has always been a close game in the past. In the six games played to date, there has never been more than one goal separating the sides. Ukraine just edging it with two wins to Slovakia's one, with the other three games ending in a draw.

Ukraine did win the most recent clash between the sides though, coming out on top 2-1 in November.

Both sides arrive at this game on the back of a win. Ukraine deservedly coming away from the Czech Republic with all three points, whilst Slovakia didn't have too much trouble sweeping aside a Denmark side which posed no resemblance to the usual Danish starting line up.

Slovakia haven't been particularly good on their travels recently, losing seven of their last ten on the road, with the only wins in this period coming over lowly Malta and Lithuania.

Ukraine have won five of their last seven at home, with wins over Serbia and Turkey just about being the highlights. The two losses coming against World Cup finalists, Croatia and much more surprisingly, Malta.

Ukraine aren't a side to trust implicitly but for us they are playing marginally the better football of these sides at the minute, which combined with Slovakia's dodgy away form should just about see them come out on top.

Prediction: Ukraine 2 - 1 Slovakia


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  12 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 4
Possession: 53% - 47%

Two bookings apiece in this one. Yevheniy Konoplyanka and Serhiy Sydorchuk seeing yellow for Ukraine. Thomas Hubocan and Ondrej Duda the men to have their names taken by referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos for Slovakia.

Something of a strange atmosphere in the Ukraine. Ukraine may have had the advantage of playing on home soil, but this edge didn't extend to the backing of the fans in the stands, with this effectively being a behind closed doors affair.

This was close in the end with the home side only coming out on top via a late penalty kick. Looking at the stats though this was a deserved victory for Andriy Shevchenko's men. Restricting Slovakia to just the two shots on target, they were the more threatening side and always looked the team most likely to pick up the three points.

The first half was something of a none event in all honesty, with neither side really mustering anything in the way of clear-cut chances. What efforts there were on goal mainly coming through shots from range, with neither keeper being seriously called into action before the interval. 0-0 at half time.

Slovakia's Martin Dubravka was the busier of the two keepers in the second half as Ukraine began to make some progress in the attacking third, particularly down the left-hand side. The chances they were creating - whilst ending in shots on goal - really fell more into the half-chance category though.

Then in the 80th minute the home side were awarded a penalty. Clumsy challenge from Milan Skriniar on Viktor Tsigankov in the left corner of the penalty area. Dubravka got a big hand to Andriy Yarmolenko's kick, but could only divert the ball into the roof of the net. No way back for Slovakia. 1-0 final score.

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