Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Ukraine will look to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Scotland when they take on Armenia in their UEFA Nations League second group game. The Ukrainians quickly recovered from a heart-breaking loss to Wales in the World Cup playoffs final, and, no doubt, they are high on spirits ahead of Saturday’s clash. Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the match will be played in Lodz, Poland, but the Yellow Blues are still seen as hot favourites to beat the Armenians.
Man City ace Oleksandr Zinchenko returns to the starting XI after he was rested in the Aviva Stadium clash, with Yarmolenko, Malinovsky, and Yaremchuk pushing for recalls as well. The visitors, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Scotland, and seeing that they will be without Roma star Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Saturday’s game, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Andriy Yarmolenko):
Arguably the most exciting Ukrainian player at the moment, Andriy Yarmolenko is the 26-year-old forward, who can play wide as a winger and fill in numerous positions in attack. Over the past few years there has been a gathering feeling that the player has outgrown the Ukrainian League and that with the player surpassing the 200-game mark for Dynamo Kyiv Yarmolenko should be heading west to Europe’s brighter stage.
Wanted and scouted by Spanish giants Barcelona, Yarmolenko attracted interest from many other clubs, predominantly from the Premier League, and was even close to joining Everton in summer 2016, but the Goodison outfit’s offer came too late to the Ukrainian club.
Talented forward is a free-scoring machine who has already scored more than 115 goals for the club he spent his entire career with. The two-footed winger is equally adept through the middle and is a versatile force that would be a good addition to any self-respecting European side.
Yarmolenko made hi Ukraine debut in 2009 and has so far been capped 63 times, during which he scored 26 goals for the national set-up.
Highlighted Team (Armenia):
Armenia footballers played for Soviet Union national football team until 1991, when the country declared independence. The Football Federation of Armenia was founded the following year and they quickly established relations with both FIFA (1992) and UEFA (1993).
Despite the fact that Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan plays for the Armenia national football team, the Havakakan have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament. Mkhitaryan is undisputedly the team’s most famous footballer, but we should mention former Ajax striker Edgar Manucharyan as well, who is in the twighlight of his career. Armenia played their first international game against Moldova in October, 1992 and it has to be noted that they played out a goalless draw with the former Soviet republic.
The Armenians have slim chances of qualifying for the FIFA World cup 2018 finals, but they did well to beat Montenegro in the process. Armenia footballers wear red shirts and red shorts when playing at home ground (Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium), while the colour of their away kits is white.