Scotland – Ukraine Predictions
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Scotland 1-3 Ukraine
Date: 01.06.2022 | Match at: 19:45 | League: WORLD CUP – QUALIFICATION – PROMOTION – SEMI-FINALS | Tip: Over 1.5 Goals| Odds: 1.48 | Bookie: Unibet.
Scotland – Ukraine Match Preview
- After winning six straight World Cup Qualification (WCQ) fixtures to finish in second place, Scotland are just two games away from their first World Cup appearance since 1998. However, in their way is a Ukraine side that went unbeaten (W2, D6) during their own WCQ campaign – in a group that contained reigning champions France – and one that’s desperate to bring some joy to those back home who are suffering as Russia’s ongoing invasion continues.
- With sympathy for Ukraine pouring in from around the world, Scotland know if they’re to extend an 11-game unbeaten WCQ record at Hampden (W8, D3) they’ll be the footballing villains here. “If it was any other country I’d probably want Ukraine to win” remarked Scotland captain Andy Robertson in the build-up, but the UCL runner up is guiding a nation that hasn’t graced a World Cup since he was four years old, so starting this match by detaching their sympathy and scoring the opener for a sixth consecutive game will be front of mind.
- It was 2006 when Ukraine made their last – and only World Cup appearance – but getting past Scotland to the playoff final where Wales await would mean more than just a win for the Ukrainians. It would, in the words of Man City and Ukraine star Oleksandr Zinchenko, be a chance to make Ukrainians smile “for a few seconds.” At the very least Zinchenko & Co will likely be difficult to break down, especially after drawing six of their eight WCQ games despite conceding in all six.
- Their two wins during that campaign also came in their final two away trips, so Ukraine could be in a strong position to reverse the 3-1 defeat they suffered in their only previous visit to Hampden back in 2007. Although with over half of their squad playing in the Ukrainian Premier League – which hasn’t seen a fixture since mid-December – there are questions over the squad’s match fitness.
- Players to watch: Che Adams can take some of the credit for Scotland being in the playoffs after netting a second-half strike in their last two WCQ games. Roman Yaremchuk scored Ukraine’s winner in Finland last October, but when he finds the net the opposition tends to as well – nine of his last ten goalscoring caps saw both teams score.
- Hot stat: Of the six played UEFA playoff fixtures for Qatar 2022, five have seen the home side progress.