The UEFA Euro 2020 tournament has resumed with a new set of matches, with Ukraine facing Austria at the National Arena on Monday. Both teams have been impressive this month and will compete for a spot in the Euro 2020 knockout stages.
Austria started their Euro 2020 campaign well with a win against North Macedonia, but they were defeated 2-0 by the Netherlands earlier this week. The Austrians are a strong team with everything to prove in this encounter.
Ukraine, on the other hand, is in the same boat as Austria and will have to compete in this match for direct qualifying. Shevchenko’s team has been impressive in spurts, but they will need to be more consistent if they are to pose a danger to the competition’s heavyweights.
At the end of the second set of group games, this is how the last 16 would look, based on the standings at the moment:
Belgium v Portugal
Italy v Ukraine
France v Finland
England v Slovakia
Sweden v Austria
Czech Republic v Germany
Netherlands v Spain
Wales v Russia
— Chris Flanagan (@CFlanaganFFT) June 19, 2021
Ukraine vs Austria Head-to-Head
In terms of head-to-head competition, Ukraine and Austria are evenly matched, having won one game each out of a total of two games played between the two teams.
The previous match between the two teams took place in 2012, with Austria winning 3-2. Ukraine has made significant progress in recent years and will be looking to prove themselves in this match.
Ukraine form guide: W-L-W-W-D
Austria form guide: L-W-D-L-L
Ukraine vs Austria Team News
Oleksandr Zubkov suffered an injury against the Netherlands and is unlikely to play in this game. Ruslan Malinovskiy and Oleksandr Zinchenko have a lot of big-game experience and will be key players versus North Macedonia.
Doubtful: Oleksandr Zubkov
For his verbal assault on Ezgjan Alioski, Marko Arnautovic has been suspended from UEFA Euro 2020 and is unavailable for selection. After a subdued performance against the Netherlands, David Alaba is expected to play in a more forward position in this encounter.
Unavailable: Marko Arnautovic
Ukraine vs Austria Predicted XI
Georgi Bushchan; Vitalii Mykolenko, Mykola Matvienko, Illia Zabarnyi, Oleksandr Karavaev; Taras Stepanenko, Mykola Shaparenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Ruslan Malinovskiy, Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk; Taras Stepanenko, Mykola Shaparenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Ruslan Malinov
❓ North Macedonia
The Netherlands have qualified from Group C with a game to spare
The Oranje mean business. 🟠 pic.twitter.com/7p6vYBgR3r
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) June 17, 2021
Austria Predicted XI (3-5-2):David Alaba, Andreas Ulmer, Stefan Lainer, Konrad Laimer, Marcel Sabitzer; Sasa Kalajdzic, Christoph Baumgartner; Martin Hinteregger, Aleksandar Dragovic, Philipp Lienhart; David Alaba, Andreas Ulmer, Stefan Lainer, Konrad Laimer, Marcel Sabitzer; Sasa Kalajdzic, Christoph Baumgartner
Ukraine vs Austria Prediction
Ukraine has excellent attacking resources at their disposal, and they will be eager to put them to the test this week against North Macedonia. Andriy Yarmolenko has been outstanding for Shevchenko’s team and will be looking to add to his tally in this match.
Austria struggled against the Netherlands and cannot afford a repeat performance in this match. Ukraine is currently the better squad and has a little advantage going into this match.
Prediction: Ukraine 2-1 Austria