Slovenia v Ukraine Tips – A place in the Euro finals awaits Ukraine

Another win for Ukraine on Tuesday would seal their place in the Euro 2016 finals

Slovenia v Ukraine Tips – A place in the Euro finals awaits Ukraine

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Glen Laidlaw

November 16th, 2015

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Ukraine enjoyed a good qualification campaign for next year’s Euro 2016 competition, although their form took a dip at the crucial period and following a draw against Slovakia and defeat to reigning European champions Spain, they fell short of automatic qualification and instead need to go through a play-off to ensure progress in the tournament.

They are now at the half-way through that two-legged play-off and things are looking good. They stormed to a 2-0 lead in the home leg at the weekend and are firm favourites to repeat this feat with a win in Slovenia tonight.

Yevhen Seleznyov and Andriy Yarmolenko scored the Ukrainian goals in the 2-0 weekend win for Ukraine and the home side could have run riot against a Slovenia side who were truly outclassed. Ukraine coach Mikhail Foment was naturally pleased with his side’s performance, however he remains cautious about complacency setting in.

“We have won the first half of our tie and I am delighted with the clean sheet,” Fomenko told reporters. “But now we should prepare for the second [leg]. Tuesday’s game will be the final decisive one. After the first goal we made some mistakes, individual mistakes – maybe my players started to relax. It’s a bit disappointing that we didn’t get the third goal, but saying that we didn’t concede either. Now we need to calm down. Our players know what they have to do in the second leg.”

Unsurprisingly the visitors are overwhelming favourites to win this second-leg clash with Coral going 1/12 that Ukraine qualify for next year’s Euro 2016 finals. With only one side having ever failed to progress through to the finals after leading from the first leg, we’ll be backing the visitors at 13/8 with Bet365 to win Tuesday night’s clash.

With Ukrainian enjoying an excellent first-leg, they certainly don’t need to be reckless in this encounter, therefore we expect them to settle for the draw, especially so since they possess a rock-solid defence who would be particularly adept at ‘parking the bus’. Slovenia need to attack however and that would give the visitors a chance to create some chances and manage a double over their opponents.

We believed that Slovenia would find the back of the net in the first leg, however they managed just a single decent chance and they will be up against a Ukrainian side who will be content just to sit back and defend their lead. With a mere four goals conceded since the start of their Euro qualifiers, we’re going to back Fomenko’s side to win-to-nil against Slovenia at 3/1 with BetVictor.

 

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