Spain vs Ukraine Prediction and Betting : The 2nd edition of the UEFA Nations League got underway last month consisting of 55 teams and 54 games played over a year and half. The league is further divided into 4 different groups with every team playing 3 opponents in the initial phase.
The League A group 4 consists of Spain, Ukraine, Germany and Switzerland with each side playing two games in September. With the next set of games scheduled, Spain takes on Ukraine in an away game to retain their top spot with their opponent citing a home advantage. It will be a thriller of a game for all the fans on a weekday.
Spain vs Ukraine prediction and betting : Recent Form
It is a real test for both the teams as to how they perform in a high-pressure game like this one. It is also a perfect stage for the sides to start preparing for the world cup that is less than two years away. They can also make sure that their players are fit and fine in a long tournament like this one without losing their form.
The Ukraine have suffered a little setback after losing the last two games against France and Spain by a huge margin. They have conceded 7 goals against France and 4 goals against a strong Spanish team. It might well act as a wakeup call for them as they prepare for the upcoming crucial clashes.
They have so far won against Switzerland in their season opener but lost against Spain in their recent most clash and would be itching to go out there to avenge the loss.
Looking at how Spain has performed in recent times, Spain have been on an unbeaten strike of 15 games with their last loss coming against Croatia in November 2019. They also got off to a good start to the UEFA Nations league with a draw against Germany in the opener and a 4-0 domination against Ukraine helping them sit on top of the points table.
In the last six games, the team has scored 18 goals that accounts to an average of 3 per game which the side would want to replicate on Tuesday.
Ukraine vs Spain prediction and betting : Head-to-head
Matches played: 6
Looking at how the teams have fared when they play each other, it is clear that the Spain haven’t showed any mercy in winning 5 out of 6 games with Ukraine struggling to close games against their rivals. They will be looking to break the jinx while Spain wants to continue the domination.
Ukraine vs Spain prediction and betting : Offensive and Defensive stats
The Ukraine will probably go in with a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-3-3 combination so that they have enough left to guard the goal post. Their rivals Spain will usually want to implement 4-3-3 formation that has given them success for a long time.
Looking at Ukraine’s attack, we have seen brilliance of Andriy Yarmolenko in the past along with Makarenko and Shaparenko who are impeccable in the frontlines.
In recent outings, Andriy has 3 goals and an assist along with 2 shots on target, 88.9% pass success and 0.5 dribbles per game.
Makarenko and Shaparenko who join the Ukranian attack have been responsible for 2 goals in the recent matches. Makarenko has 86.1% pass success rate along with an average of two aerials won per game recently.
They will also be helped by the attacking mid-fielder Zinchenko who creates ample number of opportunities.
The Spain attack has the service of Ansu Fati, the youngster from Barcelona who has 3 goals in 3 games along with more than 80% pass completion and 1.2 key passes per game. Dani Olmo is yet another young blood who has a very special finishing touch and has scored thrice along with three assists in 9 outings.
Gerard Moreno will join them in the frontline who has 5 goals and an assist in the last 7 games. He is impressive in the air with 2.3 aerials won per game and a 75.1% pass success.
The Ukraine defense will have Tymchyk, Mykolenko, Kryvtsov and Matviyenko to guard the backlines.
Tymchyk is an excellent defender who has 86.5% pass success whose strength is tackling and interceptions. He has 0.5 interception, 2 tackles and 4.5 clears per game in the recent past.
Kryvtsov is the one with better experience who has 92% pass success and has 2.5 clears every game along with 2.5 interceptions and 0.5 blocks on an average.
The Spain has the service of one of the best defenders Sergio Ramos who not only defends but can also score. He has 3 goals in 9 games and includes a 93.9% pass success rate with 1.7 aerials and 2.5 clears per game.
Pau Torres joins him in the backline whose strength is to give crosses and counter attacks neatly. He has 90.4% pass completion, 1.4 tackles, 2.6 clears and 0.6 blocks per game in the last 7 appearances.
Jesus Navas will be another important candidate for the defense who has been effective in creating chances and is a set piece threat. He has 1.2 tackles, 1.6 clears and a pass completion rate of 85.2%.
Spain vs Ukraine prediction and betting analysis:
The match between Ukraine and Spain is scheduled on 13th October in NSC Olimpiyskiy at 9.45 pm local time. The betting platforms are yet to release the odds which will be updated accordingly with the match day closing in.