Predictions

Ukraine vs England | Euro – Qualifiers (09.09.2023, 18:00)

In the fifth qualifying round for the upcoming European Championships, Group C, Rebrov’s Ukraine welcomes Southgate’s England to the battlefield. This match promises to be a showdown of epic proportions, featuring two footballing giants vying for supremacy.

Ukraine enters this fixture carrying the momentum of an impressive unbeaten streak, having secured two consecutive victories. Their last loss came on March 26 when they faced England, and it was a match etched in memory, with goals from Saka and Kane sealing England’s triumph at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate’s England, meanwhile, is on an impressive winning streak, triumphing in their last four consecutive matches. This remarkable run of form has solidified Southgate’s reputation as a top-tier coach. As they step onto the pitch, England stands as the favorite.

 

Form Guide

Ukraine WDLDWW

Ukraine is eager to maintain its winning streak following a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Malta in the Euro Qualifiers. In that crucial match, Viktor Tsygankov was the sole player to find the net, securing victory for Ukraine with his goal in the 72nd minute.

Over the course of their last six outings, Serhiy Rebrov’s Ukraine has demonstrated its attacking prowess, notching an impressive total of 12 goals. However, it’s essential to note that they’ve also conceded 7 goals during this period, underscoring the competitive nature of their recent matches.

 

England WLWWWW

England heads into this highly anticipated clash with Ukraine fresh off a resounding 7-0 victory over North Macedonia in the Euro Qualifiers. The match showcased England’s offensive prowess, with a multitude of players contributing to the goal fest.

In this emphatic win, Harry Kane netted twice (29′, 73′), while Bukayo Saka bagged a remarkable hat-trick (38′, 47′, 51′). Marcus Rashford (45′) and Kalvin Phillips (64′) also added their names to the scoresheet.

England’s attacking dominance is evident from their recent performances, as they’ve scored an impressive 19 goals in their last six outings. Importantly, they’ve managed to find the back of the net in each of these games. In terms of defense, England has conceded just three goals during this period, further solidifying their position as a formidable force in international football.

 

Ukraine vs England Predicted XI

Ukraine Predicted XI: Lunin; Konoplya, Zabarnyi, Krystov, Mykolenko; Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Vanat, Tsygankov.

England Predicted XI: Pickford; Walker, Guehi, Maguire, Chilwell; Bellingham, Rice, Henderson; Saka, Kane, Rashford.      

 

Prediction

While Ukraine has the capability to score against England, it’s unlikely that a single goal will be sufficient to secure a victory. Therefore, we anticipate a closely contested match, with England ultimately emerging as the victors with a 2-1 margin when the final whistle blows. This prediction aligns with the recent form of both teams and their respective strengths on the field.

North Macedonia vs Italy | Euro – Qualifiers (09.09.2023, 20:45)

The Macedonian national football team brings back memories of sporting misfortune for Italy, particularly in the context of their failure to qualify for the Qatar World Cup. A 0-1 defeat caused a seismic event, the effects of which might not have entirely dissipated yet, as evidenced by the recent resignation of Roberto Mancini. However, the upcoming match between these two nations holds significant intrinsic value. First and foremost, it marks Luciano Spalletti’s debut as the head coach of the Azzurri. Secondly, it plays a crucial role in the European fate of the national team, given Italy’s initial loss to England and Ukraine’s double victory over Malta and North Macedonia, which currently places Rebrov’s team ahead of Italy.

For Italy, a potential draw would pose significant problems in the context of qualification. There’s no time for adaptation, and there’s little room for error for the former Napoli coach, who will be immediately tasked with a strong debut, even though the opponent itself is not among the most highly regarded. Since their remarkable performance in Palermo, North Macedonia has not achieved many high points, often losing and only managing to beat Gibraltar, Malta, and the Faroe Islands. Italy has only one outcome in mind: victory. It would be a double-edged success. It would propel Italy back into the race for the top two spots and provide an auspicious start to Spalletti’s tenure, following the chaotic and often unhappy times since the European Championship victory. 


Form Guide

North Macedonia DLWWLL

North Macedonia is eager to recover from their recent 7-0 defeat in the Euro – Qualifiers against England.

In that game, England scored through Harry Kane (29′, 73′), Bukayo Saka (38′, 47′, 51′), Marcus Rashford (45′), and Kalvin Phillips (64′).

Recent matches involving North Macedonia have often been high-scoring affairs. Over their last six games, a total of 22 goals have been scored, averaging 3.67 goals per game, with North Macedonia contributing 7 of those goals.


Italy WLLWLW

Italy comes into this match after a 2-3 victory against the Netherlands in the Nations League.

In that game, Italy had 39% possession and managed 13 attempts on goal, with 3 of them on target. The goals for Italy were scored by Federico Dimarco (6′), Davide Frattesi (20′), and Federico Chiesa (72′). On the other side, the Netherlands had 20 shots on goal, with 6 of them on target. Steven Bergwijn (68′) and Georginio Wijnaldum (89′) scored for the Netherlands.

Analyzing their recent form, Italy has conceded goals in 5 of their last 6 matches, with their opponents scoring a total of 9 goals. Italy’s defense has shown some vulnerabilities during this period.


North Macedonia vs Italy Predicted XI

North Macedonia Predicted XI: Dimitrievski; Ashkovski, Velkovski, Musliu, Zajkov, Alioski; Ademi, Bardhi; Elmas; Trajkovski, Nestorovski.

Italy Predicted XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Romagnoli, Bastoni, Dimarco; Barella, Tonali, Frattesi; Politano, Immobile, Chiesa.     


Prediction

Recent matches involving North Macedonia have been known for their high-scoring nature. Over their last six games, a total of 22 goals have been scored, averaging 3.67 goals per game, with North Macedonia contributing 7 of those goals.

In this match, we believe North Macedonia has the potential to breach Italy’s defense and score a goal. However, it’s likely that a single goal won’t be enough to avoid defeat.

Our prediction is that Italy will secure a 2-1 victory when the referee blows the final whistle.