Ukraine v Austria betting tips: Draw suits both teams
Preview and odds for the Group C match
Ukraine need a draw to guarantee a place in the last 16 while a point is likely to be enough for Austria to also advance.
That hardly gives us much hope of an entertaining game in Bucharest and it would be a brave punter that backs any other result than a draw.
Monday’s match is live on ITV4 and kicks off at 5pm as we highlight a few potential Ukraine v Austria betting tips.
Ukraine v Austria match odds
Odds of just 10/11 for the match to be drawn highlight just how convenient such a result would be for both teams.
Ukraine and Austria both proved no match for Netherlands in the end, although Ukraine went close when they came from 2-0 down to equalise only to lose 3-2.
Austria were outplayed by the Dutch in a 2-0 defeat on Thursday but both teams beat tournament debutants North Macedonia to set up Monday’s showdown when the winners will guarantee second place.
Ukraine currently occupy that position on goals scored and with neither team managing a clean sheet so far, there is some hope of an open game with Ukraine the slight favourites at 11/5 while Austria are 13/5.
First-half goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk gave Ukraine a 2-1 win against North Macedonia.
Ruslan Malinovsky missed a late penalty to make Ukraine sweat after Ezgjan Alioski pulled a goal back, following up when Georgi Bushchan saved his spot-kick.
Austria will need to improve after never threatening to spring a surprise against Netherlands, when Memphis Depay’s early penalty and Denzel Dumfries’ second goal of the tournament sent the Dutch through to the knockout stages with a game to spare.
Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko said: “We have huge respect for them and are expecting a good match. Both teams will play to win, even though we know a point will be enough for us.
“But you won’t go far at this tournament with such a mentality; we will be playing only for a victory.”
For cynical punters still expecting both teams to settle for a draw, backing a goalless stalemate or Draw HT/Draw FT may be worth the extra risk.
Ukraine v Austria head-to-head
This is only the third meeting between these two teams and the first in a competitive match.
Both previous games were friendlies during the 2011/12 season when the home team came out on top twice after late drama.
Marko Devic scored a 90th-minute winner for Ukraine in the first meeting before Marko Arnautovic ensured revenge for Austria with a goal a minute from time in a 3-2 win in Innsbruck.
Austria: Bachmann, Ulmer, Dargovic, Hinteregger, Alaba, Lainer, Sabitzer, Baumgartner, Schlager, Laimer, Gregoritsch.
Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk have been two of the best attacking players at the tournament so far having scored in both of Ukraine’s matches.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication