Our prediction for this Nations League match:
After missing out on a spot at the 2022 World Cup finals, Ukraine will look to give fans some cheer when they take on Ireland in their UEFA Nations League opener. The Ukrainians are low on spirits ahead of the trip to Dublin, which is probably the main reason why away win should not be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Man City left-back Zinchenko, who plays as a midfielder for the national team.
The Boys in Green, on the other hand, suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Armenia in the opening match of their Nations League campaign. Since both sides will go for a win in Wednesday’s clash, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on both teams to score. All Matt Doherty, Adam Idah, and Andrew Omobamidele are sidelined with injuries for the home side.
Highlighted Player (Wilfried Zaha):
Wilfried Zaha is a football player who started his youth career at Crystal Palace aged 12. On 27 March 2010, Zaha made his first-team debut against Cardiff City and he continued playing for the Eagles until 25 January 2013, when he signed a deal with Manchester United for a reported £15m.
However, the pacey winger made no more than two appearances for Manchester United in the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign. In 2015 he joined his boyhood club Crystal Palace and went on to score four goals for the Eagles in the 2014/2015 Premier League season.
Wilfried Zaha was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, but he decided to represent England on the international stage. He made his debut for the Three Lions on 11 November, 2012 in a friendly game against Sweden. Wilfried Zaha made 13 appearances for the England U21 team as well and he scored one goal for the side.
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.