Tip Ukraine – Ireland
Ukraine plays host to Ireland at the Stadion ŁKS in Poland. The United Nations League B match is being played at a neutral venue due to the war in Ukraine. Ukraine are currently top of the group with six points after winning their opening two matches while Ireland are in second position with three points after three games. Ukraine know that another victory will put them in prime position to win the group. They have an excellent recent record as they have only lost once in their last 14 matches with that loss coming against Wales in the World Cup qualification playoff final. Ukraine have bounced back from that disappointment to win their next two matches. In the reverse fixture earlier in the competition they beat the Irish 1-0 in Ireland. Ukraine will again back their defence in this match as they are yet to concede a goal in the tournament.
Ireland started the tournament disastrously as they lost their opening two matches with the defeat to Armenia being a real low point but bounced back with a 3-0 win over Scotland in their last match. They will need to beat Ukraine in order to have any chance of winning the group. Ireland have an overall very good recent record with the two losses in this competition their only defeats in the last 11 matches. They will look to their defence to give them the advantage in this match as they have kept six clean sheets in their last nine matches. Ireland have only conceded four goals in their last nine matches.
Key points Ukraine – Ireland
In three of Ukraine’s last five matches there have been under 2.5 goals.
Only once in their last four matches have both teams scored.
Ukraine have only two kept clean sheets in their last seven matches.
In three of Ireland’s last five matches there have been under 2.5 goals.
Only once in their last five away matches has both teams scored.
ConclusionUKRAINE – IRELAND
Ukraine may have lost the home ground advantage but that will not faze them too much as they have been in excellent recent form regardless of where they played. Ireland will be looking for revenge in this match after losing at home to Ukraine. Both teams have been miserly in defence and will again trust their defensive systems to win them this match. We are backing Ukraine to win this match with under 2.5 goals scored.