Kick-off: 2000, 13/06/2021
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Netherlands have a fine European Championship pedigree and some big names in their current squad but Ukraine enter Euro 2020 with a progressive profile.
The yellow and blues have performed well against several powerful opponents over the past 12 months and are fancied to be competitive in Amsterdam.
We’re going with 11/4 for a draw as our first Netherlands vs Ukraine prediction.
A Look At Netherlands’ Betting Odds
Netherlands lifted this trophy in 1988 and have reached the semi-finals on four other occasions, as well as being World Cup finalists three times.
However, after failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and Russia 2018, the Dutch were forced to go back to the drawing board.
Ronald Koeman began the rebuilding process and led them to second place behind Germany in a qualifying group for this tournament.
His switch to Barcelona allowed former Ajax, Inter, Crystal Palace and Atlanta boss Frank de Boer to step in and he has done a solid job so far.
Holland finished just one point behind Italy when second in a decent Nations League section, being unbeaten in their last four fixtures.
There was a blip when beaten 4-2 away to Turkey in a World Cup clash, though, with the continued absence of captain Virgil van Dijk sorely felt on that occasion.
De Boer still has plenty of quality players at his disposal, including Frenkie de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay.
Others like Matthijs de Ligt have had to endure troubled club campaigns, however, while Donny van de Beek is injured.
Looking at the 13/2 for a 1-1 stalemate here.
In warm-up games, the Dutch drew 2-2 with Scotland before beating Georgia 3-0.
A Look At Ukraine’s Betting Odds
Ukraine suffered an early exit as co-hosts in 2012 and lost all three group games five years ago, without scoring a single goal.
However, this is a team which has been on an upward curve over the past few years, with former star striker Andriy Shevchenko at the helm.
They claimed top spot in a qualifying pool which featured Portugal, taking four points off the holders during an unbeaten campaign of six wins and two draws.
There were mixed results in the Nations League last year but home wins over Spain and Switzerland showed what can be achieved.
March’s 1-1 World Cup draw with France in Paris was another positive performance, even if stalemates against Finland and Kazakhstan followed.
Only Shevchenko has scored more goals for Ukraine than West Ham forward Andriy Yarmolenko, who should be fresh after being used sparingly by the Hammers.
Shakhtar winger Yevhen Konoplyanka is another proven international marksman and Dynamo Kyiv midfielder Viktor Tsygankov has attracted interest from some big clubs.
Ruslan Malinovsky finished the season with a flurry of goals for Atalanta while dependable and versatile athletes such as Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko are the backbone of this team.
Let’s add 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time to our Netherlands vs Ukraine betting tips.
Ukraine did well in prep games, beating Northern Ireland 1-0 and Cyprus 4-0.
Head-to-head: Netherlands 3-0 Ukraine, Ukraine 1-1 Netherlands
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