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Andrew Todos’ Ukraine v North Macedonia preview: expect Ukraine to play on the front foot

| 13.06.2021

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With North Macedonia a weaker opponent than the Dutch, Ukraine will be looking to control possession more and address their own defensive frailties that were exploited in Matchday 1.

After getting Ukraine’s second goal against Netherlands, Roman Yaremchuk will be hoping to add to his tally and score in a third straight international match. Goal number 10 for Ukraine is in his sights. Furthermore, his contribution in creating chances for his teammates, through layoffs, backheels and runs in behind were pronounced in Matchday 1. He should offer more of the same in Thursday’s fixture.

Shevchenko’s men will be aiming to play ‘on the front foot’ against their Balkan opponents after their counter attacking style versus the Dutch. Expect greater attempts at playing it through the middle after Ukraine’s midfield was neutralised in Amsterdam. Zbirna will be desperate to get an opener early on, to avoid intensity and tempo saturation as the game goes on.

Oleksandr Zubkov is likely to miss Thursday’s game after coming off in the first 10 minutes against Netherlands, but there are no other prevalent injury concerns.

Ukraine are on the joint worst ever run in Euro history with Yugoslavia (6 straight defeats) so they’ll be looking to avoid making ‘history’ by grabbing at least a 2-0 win.

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Andrew Todos

Andrew Todos is a freelance football journalist, podcast host and a Ukrainian football expert. He is the founder of the leading English language resource for Ukrainian football – Zorya Londonsk; which can be found on Twitter & Instagram @zoryalondonsk.
The Zorya Londonsk website and social media pages provide regular news, content, analysis on Ukrainian football, which otherwise would be rather inaccessible to audiences outside of the country itself.

Andrew is also a co-host of the UKRFUT24 Podcast, which provides weekly delves into Ukrainian Football, such as matchday roundups, interviews with managers and players, and historic tales. He has contributed to written publications in both Ukraine & the UK and has also appeared on BBC Radio & TalkSPORT.

He was ever present during Ukraine’s EURO 2020 qualifying campaign in 2019 and has also been privileged enough to continue covering the side live both home and away since.