Ukraine vs Northern Ireland Betting Tips and Predictions – Euro 2016
Ukraine v Northern Ireland betting tips and predictions for the Euro 2016 Group B fixture on Thursday 16th June with three bets in our preview.
The second Group C games come around quickly and following a narrow defeat to Poland, Northern Ireland will see this as their best chance to pick up points in Group C. Both of these sides are looking to pick up their first points of the tournament in Lyon.
Ukraine vs Northern Ireland Predictions
Northern Ireland came into the tournament in terrific form, unbeaten and looking defensively solid. For 48 minutes, they kept a quietly fancied Poland team at bay, but Adriusz Milik struck in the second half and Michael O’Neill’s side could not muster a response.
Kyle Lafferty said it ‘was not a Northern Irish performance’ and hopes they can bounce back against the Ukrainians. They were accused of being too defensive, taking few chances and lacking any sort of cutting edge in the final third. The best chance fell to Steven Davis who couldn’t make a clean connection with the ball. Fans appeared to be disappointed with the first half, but praised the bolder approach in the second.
Gareth McCauley led the NI backline tremendously and they will once again be looking to shackle Ukraine. If they can restrict Poland to just a single goal, they’ll be confident they keep their next opponents out.
With their final group game against Germany, a result is imperative here and they’ll be hunting for three points. The fans will continue to create a feel good atmosphere and get behind their team throughout the 90 minutes. Stuart Dallas and Connor Washington were introduced to try and change the game in Nice and O’Neill may opt to use them both in Lyon.
Ukraine restricted Germany to just two goals on Sunday evening, one of which came in the 92nd minute. They were restricted to largely half chances throughout the match and didn’t look like giving the Germans too many problems. It was a strange decision, but Fomenko’s side did little to force a way back into the game.
With Germany facing Poland, Ukraine will see this game as a chance to pick up all three points and challenge for 2nd place in the group. It was their first defeat since a 1-0 loss to Spain in October 2015. Barring the 3-4 victory over Romania in the build up to this competition, they have largely kept it tight. It’s still only eight goals shipped in the last ten games. This is such a huge game for both sides with all three points needed. The third place berth could secure qualification to the next round, but both will have their eyes on that precious second spot.
We’re predicting another low-scoring affair here and the bookmakers have responded accordingly. The best price available is 6/10 with Betfair. I’d prefer to look at a nervous goalless first half. My first Ukraine v Northern Ireland prediciton is for HT Score 0-0. It can be backed at 6/4 with Sky Bet.
Northern Ireland will give it their all and I can see them holding Ukraine to a draw. The point will not particularly help either side though. My second Ukraine vs Northern Ireland betting tip is for the match to end a Draw. It can be backed at 3/1 with Ladbrokes.
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Andriy Yarmolenko is the market favourite, but I’d prefer to back Yevhen Konoplyanka at a larger price for any anytime goalscorer tip. He may not have had the best season at Sevilla, but he could cause a few problems for the NI defence. My third Ukraine vs Northern Ireland prediction is for Yehven Konoplyanka to score anytime. He can be backed at 12/5 with Paddy Power.
Ukraine v Northern Ireland Betting Tips
HT Score 0-0 – 6/4 Sky Bet.
Draw – 3/1 Ladbrokes.
Yehven Konoplyanka – 12/5 Paddy Power.
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