Scotland take on the visitors Ukraine in the round 2 match of UEFA Nations League (League B). The match will be played on Wednesday, September 21st at Hampden Park (Glasgow).
Scotland are not highly rated in recent decades. Although it is the current generation of “tartans” that has noticeably added on the background of its predecessors. Finally, for the first time in this century, it was possible to play in the final tournament. The Scots played at Euro 2020, and even took an honorable draw on the field of neighbors-opponents, England. In addition, Steve Clark's wards reached the playoffs for reaching the World Cup. But at the beginning of the summer, the team at home lost to the Ukrainians. Within the framework of the League of Nations, it turned out to win 2 out of 3 matches. True, both times the Highlanders defeated Armenia. But with a stronger Ireland lost devastatingly, 0-3. Now there will be no captain and leader, Robertson - the fullback of Liverpool was injured and did not even receive a call. There are other personnel losses: Suttar, Liam Cooper, Lewis Fergusson. But do not underestimate the team, in which more than 10 players play in the Premier League. And among them are McTominay, as well as Tierney, Che Adams and Frazier.
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Ukraine again are facing losses due to injuries. In the Dynamo match with Fenerbahce, Buschan and Shaparenko were seriously injured. Also, there will be no Popov, Kornienko, Buletsy. However, there were even bigger problems in the summer, when everyone who played in the UPL clubs in their homeland remained without real match practice for half a year. But this did not stop us from confidently, 3-1, winning here, in Glasgow. And the “yellow-blues” did not make it to the world championship only because of the own goal by Yarmolenko against Wales. In addition, Petrakov's wards showed the ability to play with a tight, busy schedule. Despite the fact that it was necessary to hold 5 meetings in 2 weeks, in the National League it was possible to take 7 points out of 9 possible. There was an away victory in Ireland and a draw in a formally home match. And between them they also defeated Armenia. Now we need to create an advantage over the Scots.
Prior to the mentioned June 3-1, the teams played head-to-heads in 2006-2007, as part of the qualifiers for the Euro. Then they exchanged confident home victories - 2-0 in Ukraine, 3-1 in Scotland. The bookmakers consider the Scots as the favourites. But it will not be easy for them to take revenge - the Ukrainians are solid team now. We recommend betting on what will be "total over 2.0 goals".
Prediction for the match: Over 2.0 scored goals.