Ukraine national team host Cyprus at Chernomorets stadium in their first friendly prior to the Euro-2016.
Ukraine managed to make it to the final tournament as they beat Slovenia national team in the playoffs (3:1 on aggregate). However, they let Spain and Slovakia to take first and second spot in the group during qualification round correspondingly. The key weapon of Ukraine national team is their solid defense, as they conceded only 5 goals and scored 17 ones in the 12 last games. Ukraine conceded more than one goal only once when they were beaten by France on 19 November 2013 (0:3).
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Cyprus national team aren’t the top one. However if not to some bitter mistakes at the end of the qualifiers they could participate in the final tournament in France as well. Cyprus lost 3 of their last 4 games falling behind to Belgium, Wales, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israel with 12 points. Remarkably unlikely Ukraine Cyprus tend to play end-to-end football as they had 16:17 goal difference during the qualifiers.
The two sides played each other only once on 6 February 2008 when the 1:1 draw was recorded. This time Ukraine play at home and their head coach Fomenko is unlikely to toss the squad, while their opponents can use some fresh blood.
Prediction: Ukraine to win with (-1) handicap.