Aron Wright - March 20, 2018
Ukraine vs Saudi Arabia
International – Friendly Match
Date: Friday, 23 March 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Marbella (Marbella)
Ukraine and Saudi Arabia are going to face each other on the neutral venue in an international friendly match. Ukraine want to put a good display and boost the confidence, while Saudi Arabia are looking for the good preparation match for the World Cup.
Ukraine had an excellent chance to grab the place in the playoffs, but they failed to win against the direct rivals, Croatia, in front of their fans. The hosts wanted a win badly, but they conceded twice in the second half and eventually Croatia managed to book the ticket to Russia. Andriy Yarmolenko and the lads were fairly efficient, while their defence should have done a better job, especially in the closing match. That defeat was their only one in front of home fans, but it came in the most inconvenient moment.
Saudi Arabia secured the second spot in their group which brought them a direct place in the World Cup. They finished the campaign one point behind Japan and thanks to the better goal difference, they were better placed than Australia. Pizzi’s side did a pretty good job in the front which annulated not so good displays of their defence. Saudi Arabia managed to book two away wins and score nine goals, which was not so common in previous years. They want to check the readiness of their players before the biggest event of the season.
Ukraine took on Saudi Arabia in one occasion and they were able to book a convincing 4-0 victory. That match was played at the World Cup 2006 in Germany.
Ukraine have a pretty decent squad and although they failed to participate in the main event, they should be able to book a win in this one.
Both sides are taking a cautious approach when playing the matches against well-prepared teams and in this one we shouldn’t be able to see more than two goals.
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