Ian Baraclough, Northern Ireland
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Ukraine v Northern Ireland betting tips: Green and White Army chase quickfire double

| 01.06.2021
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Preview and odds for Ukraine v Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland will come up against previous European Championship foes when they travel to Ukraine for a testing international friendly in Dnipro.

The Green and White Army suffered heartbreak when they fell to an extra-time defeat to Slovakia in their bid to qualify for this summer’s tournament.

Ian Baracough’s side are 6/1 to dent Ukraine’s Euro 2020 preparations and make it successive friendly victories while the draw is priced at 12/5.

The hosts, who face the Netherlands, North Macedonia and Austria in Group C, are 8/13 to come away victorious at Dnipro-Arena as we look at some Ukraine v Northern Ireland betting tips.

Match odds

Baraclough secured his first victory in 90 minutes as Northern Ireland boss at the 12th attempt of asking with a 3-0 win over Malta last weekend.

It was the first time his side had scored more than once during his tenure as Jordan Jones and Ali McCann opened their international goal accounts in Austria.

Jones opened the scoring inside two minutes against Malta and is 16/1 to replicate that in Dnipro while the Rangers winger is 15/2 to score anytime.

Northern Ireland have been involved in seven matches from their last 12 where both teams have scored, which is 8/5. Ukraine have recorded four successive 1-1 draws in 2021 and another is priced at 6/1.

Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine

Ukraine v Northern Ireland head-to-head

This will be the sixth meeting between Northern Ireland and Ukraine but the Green and White Army will have fond memories of their last fixture in June 2016.

It was in the group stages of Euro 2016 and Michael O’Neill’s men secured their first major tournament victory since 1982 with a 2-0 success in Lyon – which was also their only win against the Yellow and Blue.

Gareth McAuley headed them in front before a hailstorm briefly halted proceedings, with Niall McGinn crowning the triumph with the final kick of the game.

Northern Ireland made it the last 16 before falling to Wales while Ukraine were the first team to be eliminated from the tournament shortly after the defeat and will be desperate for a better showing this summer.

Previous XI

Northern Ireland vs Ukraine - Football tactics and formations

Ukraine: Trubin, Kryvtsov, Mykolenko, Tymchyk, Matvyenko, Stepanenko, Shaparenko, Marlos, Makarenko, Zubkov, Besedin.

Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell, McNair, Cathcart, McGinn, Jones, Dallas, Thompson, McCann, Whyte, Magennis.

Key battles

Andriy Shevchenko could rotate his Ukraine squad for the friendly as he fine-tunes his starting line-up ahead of the Group C opener against the Netherlands on June 13.

Marlos, despite being an elder statesmen in the squad at 32, will get his first taste of tournament football after the Brazilian-born forward gained Ukrainian citizenship in 2017 and has impressed during Shakhtar Donetsk’s run in the Champions League this season.

He is 11/2 to break the deadlock and 13/5 to find the net in the match, with West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko is joint favourite in both markets at 7/2 and 7/4 respectively.

Dynamo Kiev’s rising star Viktor Tsygankov will be a player to watch out for this summer, having netted five times in 24 caps for his country, and it is 4/1 for the 22-year-old to score and Ukraine to win.

Baraclough is likely to put out a similar line-up to the Malta clash, where he fielded a more experienced team from the start before blooding youngsters in the second half.

An option to support all the stats come together in the #YourCall market, where both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and either team to win is priced at 7/2.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Stuart Walker