The likes of Ukraine and Germany promise an interesting clash this Saturday. The two sides play good and efficient football, with the hosts mostly allowing goals in recent times. On the other hand, Germany is without a victory for the previous three games, which is unacceptable for a nation of their status. They have to give all of its power to snap that negative streak, in order to improve the atmosphere inside the locker room and among the fans. The home team is massacred with absences, but we’ll talk more about that in the following part of the text.
Ukraine (+1500) lost to Spain in the opening round of the UEFA Nations League, 4-0, before suffering a catastrophe against France on the road, 7-1. Now, after an entire year of playing very good football, the Ukrainians faced these two humiliations, and that is something nobody expected.
There is, however, a reason for all this – COVID-19. Some of the players were tested positive, some had to withdraw from the squad to be in isolation, and others simply have injuries. We will write the names of all the important players who won’t appear in Saturday’s clash below in the “latest news” section.
The most recent four matches these guys played saw over 2.5 goals, while three of those four ended with over 3.5. When looking only at games at home, Ukraina has 9 wins and a draw in the last 10.
Germany (-800) saw a stunning finish of Wednesday’s clash against Turkey. Joachim Low’s side allowed a goal in the stoppage time, which leveled the score at 3-3, and the Turks went home unbeaten.
Die Mannschaft now has three draws in a row, against Spain and Switzerland in UEFA Nations League, 1-1, and this one. Overall, they are without a defeat for 8 matches, with four wins during that streak.
Germany’s road score is solid, with four wins and a draw, and among those wins, there is one in the Netherlands. Truth to be told, Oranje avenged that defeat, routing the rivals at their own soil, which is the only loss Germany had in the last 15 contests.
Ukraine appears with its fourth-string goalkeeper, and without several sounding names, Mykola Matviyenko, Viktor Kovalenko, Marlos and Junior Moraes. The biggest name is definitely Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.
Germany will change almost the entire lineup that started against Turkey, and we can expect Neuer, Gnabry, Werner, Kroos, etc.
Head to Head Matches
Since 97, these two sides met on six occasions, with Germany prevailing three times, while three games ended without winners. In the last three events, we saw die Mannschaft netting at least twice.
They defeated Ukraine at EURO in France four years ago, with 2-0. Mustafi and Schweinsteiger managed to hit the back of the net.
With all the problems the home team faces, it is very hard for them to stay unbeaten. Furthermore, they will be looking to find a way to record an honorable defeat. Germany has a lot of minuses to erase, and this game comes handy for Low’s boys. Them to win with -1.5 handicap is set at -125, and we immediately accept this offer. You should too.
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.