Our match prediction:
Stade Pierre-Mauroy will host the match between Germany and Ukraine. The Germans won the 2014 FIFA World Cup and they are now on a quest to win the European Championship. Philip Lahm is no longer in charge of the team and it has to be noted that the Germans experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Ukraine, on the other hand, are on a four-game winning run ahead of their Euro 2016 opener, but Sunday’s football match against Joachim Low’s troops will be anything but a walk in the park for Mikhail Fomenko’s men. Joachim Low is likely to field the best possible side this time out and despite the fact that Marco Reus misses the tournament with injury, we predict that the World Cup champs are going to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s clash at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Highligted Player (Reus):
Marco Reus is a German football player who was born on 31 May, 1989. The pacey attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, started his senior career at Rot Weiss Ahlen and it has to be noted that he made 43 league appearances for the club in lower leagues. In 2009 he signed a four-year contract with Borussia M’gladbach and he scored his first Bundesliga goal against Mainz on 28 August, 2009. After impressing with the Fohlen in the 2011/2012 Bundesliga campaign, he joined Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. He has been playing for the Millionaires ever since and he represents Germany on the international stage as well. However, he was more than unfortunate to miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup with injury when Joachim Low’s team lifted the prestigious trophy. To make things even worse for Marco Reus, he was forced to withdraw from the Germany Euro 2016 squad as well (injury). The German ace has a contract with Borussia Dortmund which expires on 30 June, 2019.
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.