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Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Ukraine vs. SloveniaPublished November 14, 2015 by Florin P
Lviv arena sold out as Ukraine tries to return to Euro in 2016 (7:45 p.m UK Time)
Of all the teams still engaged in the qualification race, Ukraine has one of the strongest squads and are expected to advance to Euro 2016. They had a hard time during the group stage and their inability to snatch points from Spain caused them to finish in the third-place behind Slovakia. Slovenia can surely relate to this situation, as both teams head into the playoffs by alternating victories and draws.
Fomenko Sticks to Offensive Starting 11
Ukraine could not settle for a draw against Spain, so they featured an aggressive starting formation and will stick to this strategy. They dominated the match against the former World and European champions, but lost by the odd goal and hope for a better result again Slovenia. They are entitled to be optimistic ahead of this fixture, because the visitors don’t excel at ball possession and have a hard time defending.
When confronted with aggressive teams, Slovenia’s backline crumbled and England scored a combined six goals while Switzerland defeated them by 3-2 two months ago. Bet365 sports is not giving them much of a chance on the road and this is reflected in odds of 7/10 offered for a home win in regulation time.
The Cinderella of Euro 2016 Playoffs
Slovenia was clearly outplayed by both England and Switzerland, so punters shouldn’t be intimidated by the fact that they finish third. Manager Katanec only has a couple of experienced players and most of them are midfielders and strikers, while the real problems are with the backline.
The visitors will revert to the starting formation used against Switzerland, with Ilicic and Novakovic up front, with Beric as a potential replacement. The top priority is not to concede an early goal, because past performance suggests that for Slovenia goals come in bunches and they rarely find the strength to recover.