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Netherlands vs Ukraine, UEFA Euro 2020, Today Match Prediction

Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff Arena




Netherlands seeking redemption after failing to make last two tournaments face stiff Ukraine task

  • Dutch team have a talented squad, but missed Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018
  • They have rebounded to make this tournament although form is patchy
  • Ukraine are an organised unit who can make life difficult for opponents

Netherlands 1-1 Ukraine

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020 | Venue: Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff Arena

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The Netherlands are looking forward to their first major tournament since Euro 2012 after rebounding with a new-look squad here.

Although appearing in the 2012 tournament, the last time the Netherlands won a game in this competition came back in 2008, when they went on a solid run to the Quarter Finals, something that the 1988 winners will be looking to put right.

They won six of their eight qualifying games and, although their manager has changed over the last year, they will still be looking to set down a marker here.

Ukraine are led by legendary footballer Andriy Shevchenko, who at the age of 44 is the youngest coach in the tournament. With an organised setup, the Ukrainians conceded just four goals in their eight qualifying matches, and will be confident of securing a passage through to the last 16.

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World Ranking: 16

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Winners, 1988

Predicted Finish This Year: Quarter Finals

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Memphis Depay is one of the most talented forwards in Europe

     Plenty of quality in their squad

Reasons to be fearful:

     Managerial change has weakened them

     Lack of Virgil van Dijk will be a problem at the back

The biggest worry for the Netherlands happened back in October 2020, when Virgil van Dijk suffered a season-ending injury while playing for Liverpool, meaning that he’ll miss this summer’s tournament.

While Matthijs De Ligt is a fine young centre back with a great career ahead of him, he isn’t yet at the same calibre as van Dijk, and will make the Dutch vulnerable at the back.

Going forward is another story, of course. Memphis Depay has transformed into one of the top strikers in Europe on his day, and will be a threat against any side here. Can those around him rise to the occasion?

Star Man – Memphis Depay

Netherlands have a tendency to rely on their star player a bit too much, with his last 18 caps bringing 10 goals and 13 assists.

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World Ranking: 24

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Group Stage

Predicted Finish This Year: Round of 16

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Well-organised team led by a former legend

     Similar qualifying record to their opponents

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have never progressed beyond the group stage

     Lack of top quality attacking options

Similar to other sides in the competition, particularly those of a lower ranking, Ukraine will prove difficult to beat comfortably at this tournament, due to the well-organised structure which they bring to the pitch.

Like the Netherlands, they also qualifying by winning six of their eight games, and will be confident of securing an automatic progression by finishing in the top two of the group.

One area in which the Ukrainians could be lacking is upfront, whereby neither of their strikers is a recognised top-class hitman across Europe – Yaremchuk plays for Gent in Belgium while Malinovski plays for Atalanta in Italy.

Likely to play three defenders at the back, they will set up with their first thought being to frustrate the Dutch. It could work, too.

Star Man – Oleksandr Zinchenko 

Manchester City’s left back often plays in midfield for his country, where he is adept at helping the side transition from defence to attack.

     Both teams to play three at the back

     Tight at both ends

     Could end as a draw

The Netherlands have the power to surprise one or two in this tournament, despite missing their leader in defence and their manager being a downgrade on his predecessor.

If they can supply Memphis with quality service, and one or two others chip in, they should top their group. After that, who knows how far they can go. 

Ukraine will be quietly confident of progressing from the group stage for the first time in their history and could even snatch a draw here.

Netherlands 1-1 Ukraine


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Author: Ross B.