Luxembourg U21 take on the visitors Ukraine U21 in UEFA Euro U-21 qualification. The match will be played on Thursday, October 11th at Stade Emile Mayrisch (Esch-sur-Alzette).
If Luxembourg's national team has significantly improved its results over the past few years, the same can't be said for the youth team of this country. Luxembourg's youth has always played a supporting role, and there are no miracles to be expected from this team. Their start in the qualification campaign has been decent by their standards. They managed to defeat Northern Ireland 1-0, and while they lost to the mighty English 0-3, it wasn't a major loss. In the upcoming match, the hosts can likely avoid a heavy defeat as Ukraine's youth team isn't particularly known for significant victories. At the start of the qualification campaign, Luxembourg's defense has held up well, so it's more likely that the hosts will lose this one 0-2 rather than facing a 0-5 fiasco.
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Ukraine cannot afford to drop points in this group against teams like Luxembourg. With England and Serbia in this group, these two are the main contenders for the top two spots. Ukraine has only played one match so far, narrowly defeating Northern Ireland 1-0. Based on previous qualification cycles, it can be concluded that Ukraine's youth team is not particularly adept at securing big victories. They tend to play solid defensively and score only a couple of times in attack. The upcoming match may not be a high-scoring one, and a victory of approximately 2-0 in favor of the visitors seems likely.
This match is likely to be routine, with a clear favorite and a team playing the role of an underdog. Expectations for a remarkable performance from Luxembourg are minimal. However, Ukraine comfortably defeated the Irish 1-0 in the last round based on their class, and a similar outcome is anticipated here. My bet for this match is Away Win + Under 3.5 Goals.
Prediction for the match: Ukraine U21 to win and Under 3.5 scored goals.