Online free soccer predictions for Ukraine – Austria
Let’s head out to the Arena Nationala in Bucurest where Ukraine will face Austria in a game from Group C of the Euro 2020. This is a very good moment to present you our best online free soccer predictions for this game. Let’s get to work!
Ukraine lost their first match in this group, but they quickly bounced back with a 2-1 win over North Macedonia. Now against Austria Andriy Shevchenko’s boys can pave their way to the 1/8-finals – if they win the tree points again they will reach the knockout phase of the competition.
After suffering a defeat in their first match against the Netherlands, Ukraine knew that they are in a dangerous situation. No mistakes were allowed against North Macedonia, so the team entered the pitch more motivated than ever.
After just 34 minutes of playing, Ukraine already had two goals advantage and, more or less, secured the three points. Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk both scored in a second consecutive game at the Euro 2020 after already scoring against the Netherlands as well. Yarmolenko added an assist to his record as well while Oleksandr Karavaev made an assist, too.
It’s really amazing to see the way Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko is progressing in the last two or three seasons. Nobody really believed that he could become a key player for the Cityzens, but now he’s someone who has the full trust of Pep Guardiola. With time Zinchenko turned out to be an important figure for the national team as well. While he plays as a left back for City, Zinchenko is used as a midfielder for his country. His presence in the middle of the pitch is really important for Ukraine.
In the second half Ezgjan Alioski scored one back for the Macedonians, but the Ukrainian defense survived. In the second half Shevchenko made four assist to stabilise his team’s performance, and these changes worked well. Tsygankov, Besedin, Sydorchuk and Sobol graced the pitch from the bench.
The return of Viktor Tsygankov is huge news for Ukraina. The Dynamo Kyiv midfielder is regarded as one of the biggest talents in Ukrainian football right now. The 23-years old missed the first game against the Netherlands, but now he’s back and ready to show his qualities. Given the fact that Tsygankov is now fit, there’s a huge chance to see him in the starting eleven against Austria. At the same time, Shevchenko could prefer to bring him back in the team in a bit slower way.
Ukraine’s head coach could be really happy with the way his two strikers Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk perform so far. Both of them have two goals scored in the competition so far, and they turned out to be one of the best attacking duos at the European Championship so far.
What Andriy Shevchenko must pay attention to is the performance of his defense. The Ukrainians conceded four goals in the matter of two games, and that’s not really positive. Against Austria the defenders would need some better help from the midfielders in order to deal with the opponents’ attack. Players like Oleksandr Zinchenko and Taras Stepanenko should increase their work rate in defense, and get back to the defensive line as quick as possible.
For Austria that’s a very similar situation to Ukraine’s. Das Team has the same amount of points so far – 3, and they have a chance to reach the 1/8-finals of the competition here. Franco Foda’s team beat North Macedonia in its first game, but suffered a defeat against the Netherlands in the second one. Austria have never reached the knockout phase of the European Championship so far, and this is a historic chance for them to do so.
Few days ago Austria faced the Netherlands in their second game, but suffered a 0-2 defeat at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. Depay and Dumfries scored for the Dutch while Das Team was unable to oppose them. They tried their best of course, but sometimes the better team just wins. And it’s not a secret that Oranje is the team with the biggest quality in this group – that’s why they won their first two matches and already qualified for the knockout phase. But this is something we did expect to happen, of course.
There are some things Austria’s German head coach Franco Foda could try for this decisive third game. Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch could use his Bundesliga experience to help while Borussia M’gladbach’s Valentino Lazaro is another interesting option which Foda could explore. Meanwhile if Foda wants to refresh his attack then he could pick Mainz 05’s Karim Onisiwo and use his qualities to increase the firepower in attack.
Xaver Schlager could be one of the most decisive players for Austria against Ukraine on Monday. He’s the player who is positioned in the area between the defense and the midfield, so his presence there is crucial to help stopping Ukraine’s attacks and counter-attacks. Franco Foda replaced him six minutes before the end against the Netherlands, but that’s because he needed a player with more offensive qualities on the pitch. We are pretty sure Schlager is going to be in the starting eleven in the third game.
According to the pundits, Ukraine are favorites against Austria. And it makes sense – they are a much better performing team in the last years. They were always the second favorite in this group after the Netherlands, too. But this is football, and quality should be proven on the pitch, not in the papers.
That’s our best online free soccer predictions for the Euro 2020 game from Group C between Ukraine and Austria. For both teams this is an excellent chance to do something significant and reach the 1/8-finals of the competition. We expect both sides to be careful in their approach and avoid rushing in attack from the first minute – that’s not something you do in such a situation. Are we going to watch an interesting game here? Well, most certainly we hope so.