Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
After dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with North Macedonia, Italy will look to return to winning ways in Group C when they take on second-place Ukraine on Tuesday evening. The Azzurri are eager to climb to top two in the standings, but the hosts need to improve their game if they are to win this match. Aston Villa midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Ukrainians, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous three group games, with the team holding England to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Italy, though, do not suit Ukraine and seeing that the Azzurri are leading the head-to-head record (6-2-0), we predict that Sergiy Rebrov’s troops are going to return home with their hands empty. The former Dynamo Kiev forward is unlikely to make changes to the team that shared the spoils with the Three Lions in the last group game.
Highlighted Player (Sandro Tonali):
After starting his youth career at Piacenza back in 2009, Sandro Tonali moved to Brescia three years later. The 181-cm-tall defender has been playing for le Rondinelle ever since and it has to be noted that he made his debut with the Stadio Mario Rigamonti outfit on August 26, 2017 in a 2-1 defeat to Avellino.
Sandro Tonali scored his first ever league goal for Brescia in a 4-2 loss to Salernitana on April 28, 2018. The talented midfielder, who was born in Lodi on May 8, 2000, represents Italy U21 team in international matches.
He made his debut with the Italy U21 national team on June 19, 2019 in a 1-0 defeat to Poland. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. Sandro’s preferred foot is right and his contract with Brescia should expire on June 30, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Ukraine):
After the country had gained independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine played their first international match in 1992, and they have come a long way since. Zbirna have only once played at the World Cup finals so far, and they did really well to reach the quarter-finals in 2006, while they co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Poland, albeit failing to get past the group stage.
The generation that secured qualification for the Euro 2016 finals in France is arguably the most talented ever, with Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Rotan and Roman Zozulya the leading players, but plenty more talent present in Mikhail Fomenko’s squad.
Similar to the trademark style of former Soviet teams, Ukraine bases their tactics on rock-solid defence and swift counter-attacks, but it has to be noted that Zbirna possess a lot more technical skills and attacking potential than most other former Russian republics. Everything suggests that the most successful period in the history of the national team is ahead of them.