The victory over Ireland will help Ukraine to win all 3 matches in the UEFA Nations League 2022, thereby continuing to consolidate the top position to aim for promotion back to League A. Against a much worse opponent. In terms of strength, victory is of course not a problem for coach Oleksandr Petrakov’s team.
This match will take place at a neutral venue on Polish soil due to the war in Ukraine. Therefore, Ukraine will partly lose the advantage even though they can play as the host. In the previous UEFA Nations League, Ukraine also played in League A, but their performance was so bad that they had to be relegated. It is also a result that is not surprising because Ukraine has to compete with Spain, Germany and even Switzerland. When playing in League B, of course Ukraine is highly appreciated compared to Ireland, Ireland or even Armenia.
Reality has proven that, because after 2 matches, Ukraine won against Ireland 1-0 and Armenia 3-0. With all 6 points, Ukraine is leading group 1 and over all other opponents in the group with a distance of 3 points. Ukraine understands that one more victory will bring them closer to the promotion ticket. Ukraine’s form is quite good and they have only lost once in the last 14 matches. It was a loss to Wales in the World Cup qualifying play-off final. After regaining the spirit, Ukraine will not be difficult to continue shooting down Ireland.
Ireland got off to a disastrous start to the tournament as they lost both of their opening matches. Specifically, Ireland was empty-handed when facing Ukraine and Armenia with the score 0-1. Fortunately, Ireland marked the return with a 3-0 win over Scotland in their last match. At this point, Ireland needs to beat Ukraine to have a chance to compete for the promotion ticket. In terms of form, Ireland played not bad when only losing the last 2/11 matches in all competitions.
On the away front, Ireland won 2/3 of the previous trip away from home. In the UEFA Nations League 2020, Ireland only brought back 3 meager points in the group with the presence of Bulgaria, Finland and Wales. After almost relegation, of course Ireland does not want that situation to repeat in this year’s tournament. However , having to deal with a Ukraine that is in high form, Ireland has no door to win points.