Czech Republic vs Ukraine
UEFA Nations League
Date: Thursday, 6 September 2018
Kick-Off at 18:45 UK / 19:45 CET
Venue: Mestsky fotbalovy stadion Miroslava Valenty, Uherske Hradiste.
Both Karel Jarolim and Andriy Shevchenko got opportunities for a brand new start in spite of failures they’ve suffered in the World Cup qualification campaign.
The Czechs could not beat Northern Ireland in the battle for the second place in the group C as the very top of the standings was reserved for Germany who bagged ten wins in ten games.
Ukraine, on the other side, lost the final qualifier against the latter World Cup runners-up Croatia 0-2 in Kyiv to stay third (behind Iceland and Croatia) in the Group I ladder.
These two sides will kick off their UEFA Nations league campaigns with a head to head clash on Thursday evening at Mestsky fotbalovy stadion Miroslava Valenty in Uherske Hradiste.
The hosts do not have a big name in their ranks and they will rely heavily on Roma’s striker Patrick Schick.
Ukraine are in a similar situation as their key figures Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka have been miles away from their best form of late.
Czech Republic vs Ukraine: Head-to-head
- This will only be the third head to head encounter between the two teams.
- They’ve met only in friendlies so far, back in 2011 and 2012.
- Czech Republic won the first game 4-0 at home, while the second match saw a goalless draw.
Czech Republic vs Ukraine: Prediction
The hosts were in action at China Cup in Match when they did nothing to harm Uruguay in a 0-2 defeat in the semi-final.
Things looked much better for Jarolim and his squad in the second game which saw a 1-4 victory over the host nation. Czech Republic then once again had a semi-success in June friendlies against Australia (4-0 loss) and Nigeria (1-0 win).
Unlike their rivals, Ukraine left a much better impression in their most recent showings. They will come into this unbeaten in last five games, three of which saw them leave the pitch as victors. The streak includes a demolishing 4-1 victory over Albania inspired by braces from Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko.
A lot is expected from Genk’s forward Ruslan Malinovskiy who bagged five goals in last nine appearances for the Belgian outfit. Based on everything written above, we see the value in backing Ukraine not to lose at 1.62 odds. Braver punters can try with Ukraine to win at 3.30.
Czech Republic vs Ukraine: Bet Tips
Ukraine or Draw Double Chance @ 5/8 (1.62)
Ukraine to win @ 23/10 (3.30).