Ukraine vs North Macedonia LIVE Football Score 17 June 2021
Ukraine and North Macedonia face-off in a crucial Euro 2020 Group C clash at the Arena National in Bucharest on Thursday afternoon.
Both teams lost their opening match at the weekend, each conceding three times in defeat, and three points for either nation will be pivotal in their quest to qualify for the last-16.
Ukraine vs North Macedonia Latest Odds
Ukraine came back from two goals down against the Netherlands on Sunday before conceding a late winner but are Betfair Sportsbook’s 4/6 (1.66) to get on track with a victory here.
Tournament rank outsiders North Macedonia went down 3-1 to Austria and are 5/1 (6.0) to record a stunning victory in Romania.
A draw would leave both nations on the cusp of elimination from Euro 2020 and that is priced at 13/5 (3.60) with the sportsbook.
Ukraine vs North Macedonia Team News
Both teams played positively in their respective opening game and so there are unlikely to be many changes by either manager for this fixture.
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Despite conceding a late goal to come away from their opening fixture with nothing, Ukraine should take plenty of heart from the resilience they showed to rally from 2-0 down.
The two goals scored by Andriy Shevchenko’s side made it 11 in their last seven fixtures, netting against France as well as the Netherlands in that time, although their only clean sheets during those fixtures have come against Cyprus and Northern Ireland.
North Macedonia, too, should be confident in their abilities in the final third, with the goal against Austria making it 15 of their most recent 16 games in which they have scored.
Ukraine vs North Macedonia Tips and Predictions
These nations have enjoyed plenty of success in front of goal recently and Betfair Sportsbook’s price of 9/10 (1.90) on both teams to score offers strong value for this pivotal Group C match.
The selection would have landed in five of Ukraine’s last seven matches and in 10 of North Macedonia’s most recent 14.
Attacking quality could shine through
Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands appeared to sum up Ukraine perfectly, as they are a side that likes to attack but can be got at from a defensive point of view.
In nine of Ukraine’s last 16 matches there have been over 2.5 goals scored, including the previous two, while they netted four in a recent victory over Cyprus but also failed to keep clean sheets against the likes of Kazakhstan and Bahrain.
North Macedonia’s matches also tend to provide plenty of entertainment, as five of their last six games have yielded over 2.5 goals.
That sequence includes scoring five at home to Liechtenstein and four against Kazakhstan, but perhaps the two they notched in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory away to Germany in March is their most notable achievement.
Goals should certainly be on the cards during Thursday’s match at the Arena Nationala, with over 2.5 appearing a realistic outcome.