Our prediction for this match:
Ukraine will be aiming to build on a 2-1 win over Portugal in the Euro 2020 qualifier when they take on Estonia in a friendly at Slavutych-Arena. The Ukrainians have been producing terrific showings under Andriy Shevchenko, and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football game. A man to keep an eye on in the home side will be Andriy Yarmolenko, who is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders.
The Estonians, on the other hand, have been struggling in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Ukraine’s party in Zaporizhia. Karel Voolaid’s troops failed to find the net in the previous three qualifying games, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Ukraine. In their last meeting in a competitive match Ukraine crushed Estonia 4-0.
Highlighted Player (Yevgen Konoplyanka):
Arguably the most talented footballer to have worn the Ukraine jersey since Yevgen Shevchenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka is a creative midfielder who can play on either wing as well as through the middle. The talented footballer started attracting interest from abroad soon after coming through the youth ranks at Dnipro, but he resisted temptation to join a top European club and waited for his contract to expire before signing a four-year deal with Europa League holders Sevilla.
As expected, Konplyanka quickly proved his worth at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, scoring important goals in La Liga and Europe during his debut season. Together with Andriy Yarmolenko, he has formed one of the best wing partnerships in international football, scoring 11 goals in his first 50 appearances for the national team.
After starting all three games at the Euro 2012 on home soil, Konoplyanka helped Zbirna qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, netting two times in eleven qualifiers as Ukraine defeated Slovenia in the play-offs.
Highlighted Team (Estonia):
Former Soviet republic Estonia declared its independence on August 20, 1991 and they have been participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions ever since. The Estonians have yet to make it to the finals of a major tournament, but they often made life difficult for European giants in the qualifiers.
In 2010 Estonia did well to beat Serbia in Belgrade in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, but they eventually failed to qualify for the showpiece tournament. “The Blueshirts” welcome their rivals at Le Coq Arena in Tallinn and the capacity of the stadium is 10.500. Sergei Zenjov, who played for the likes of Blackpool, Karpaty and Torpedo Moscow in the past is one of the most famous Estonian footballers.
Ragnar Klavan is yet another notable footballer who plays for both Estonia national football team and Liverpool. The Estonians play their home games in blue shirts and black shorts, while they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.