Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
A place in the World Cup playoffs final will be at stake when Scotland and Ukraine face each other at Hampden Park on Tuesday evening. The Scotts recorded six consecutive wins in Group F, with the team setting up a meeting with Ukraine. Steve Clark’s men are tough to beat at home, but this will be anything but a walk in the park for Andy Robertson and Co. Speaking of the Liverpool full-back, he is a major doubt after taking part in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Both Ryan Jack and Kieran Tierney have been ruled out with injuries. As for the visitors, all eyes will be on Man City ace Oleksandr Zinchenko, who won the Premier League trophy with the Citizens. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards in Glasgow, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. There are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team ahead of the trip to Scotland.
Highlighted Player (Liam Cooper):
Liam Cooper is a Scotland international, who was born in Kingston Upon Hull, England. Cooper was eligible to play for both England and Scotland, but he decided to represent the Scotts on the international stage.
The Leeds United defender, who is capable of playing at left and centre back, received his first ever call-up for Scotland on 10 March 2016 for a friendly match against Denmark, but he did not make his debut for the senior team back then. Liam Cooper began his career at Hull City and, after spending several seasons on loan at Carlisle United and Huddersfield Town he joined Chesterfield in 2013.
On 13 August, 2014, he signed a three-year deal with Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of individual honours, Liam Cooper was named Young Player of the Year for the 2007/2008 season (Hull City). It has to be noted that he won Football League Two with Chesterfield in the 2013/2014 season.
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.