On Sunday, the Netherlands, in Group C of Euro 2020, will face Ukraine, from the same group, in Amsterdam Arena. And for this starter Group C match, here are our Euro 2020 predictions – Netherlands vs Ukraine.
In our football updates, we predicted Ukraine to advance to the knockout stages, as we did the Netherlands too.
Thus, this match between the equals could be crucial in determining who wins the group.
- Donny van de Beek was forced to withdraw from Euro 2020 due to a groin injury. So, the end to a disastrous season has become all the more tragic for him.
- Moreover, the Netherlands manager Frank de Boer decided not to call up a replacement for the midfielder.
- De Boer, meanwhile, will likely field a three-man defense. So, Jurrien Timber and Stefan de Vrij may start with club partner Daley Blind.
- Wout Weghorst may get priority over Luuk de Jong, to play alongside Memphis Depay up forward.
Netherlands possible starting lineup: Stekelenburg; Dumfries, De Ligt, De Vrij, Blind, Wijndal; De Roon, De Jong, Wijnaldum; Weghorst, Depay
- First and foremost, Georgi Bushchan is Ukraine’s first-choice goalkeeper and mostly he should start behind a three-man defense.
- Ruslan Malinovskiy had a strong finish to the 2020/21 Serie A season. So, he could be a frontline partner for Roman Yaremchuk at Euro 2020.
- Coach Andriy Shevchenko appears to be planning a three-man defense.
- This may mean that Manchester City’s Oleksandar Zinchenko will be at left wing-back. But he has thus far only played centrally for the Yellow and Blue in the past.
Ukraine possible starting lineup: Bushchan; Karavayev, Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko, Mykolenko; Shaparenko, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko; Malinovskyi, Yaremchuk
Euro 2020 Predictions – Netherlands vs Ukraine
- Following his appointment as Netherlands manager, Frank de Boer has struggled to create an impression. After all, the Oranje have lost seven of their last twelve games.
- So, the Netherlands will not take Ukraine lightly. Coming into Sunday’s final game of the day, they are unbeaten in six games and have only conceded one goal in four of them.
- Ukraine is regarded as a dark horse for Euro 2020, and with neither team willing to give too much away. This is thus proving to be undoubtedly their hardest group stage match, and so, a draw is likely.
It’s difficult to see a classic at the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday, with both teams maybe using 3-5-2 formations.
Ukraine’s past three competitive matches have all finished in a 1-1 draw, and they may unsurprisingly repeat that score.
In fact, this tied result may suit both sides with possibly easier group matchups ahead.