Group 4 leaders Ukraine travel to Spain in the second round of Nations League fixtures. Andriy Shevchenko’s men earned a hard-fought win on home soil against Switzerland, while La Roja looked set for defeat away in Germany until Jose Gaya’s 95th minute equaliser. Milan legend Shevchenko has won 60% of his matches in charge of the national team.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano, Madrid – 6 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Spain vs. Ukraine: Sky Sports Red Button
Last time: Mario Gaspar got the only goal of the game during qualification for EURO 2016.
Spain vs. Ukraine Predictions and Preview
Luis Enrique was a relieved man after Gaya’s last gasp strike. La Roja were not at their best and will rue the missed opportunity with a number of Germany’s star performers given extended leave. The returning Spain manager could ring the changes with Ansu Fati, Gerard Moreno and Óscar Rodríguez pushing for starts.
Fati made history in the showdown with the 2014 World Cup winners as the youngest player to represent La Roja since 1936. The 17-year-old also played a part in the goal and is primed to star for both club and country for the next decade.
With team-mate Lionel Messi pushing to leave Barcelona, the teenager will receive increase game time this season and will also have one eye on usurping Jesus Navas and Adama Traore from the right flank at international level. Fati is 15/2 to register anytime, while new Manchester City recruit Ferran Torres is available at 11/2.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Spain to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||9/2||Offer|
|Sergio Ramos to score anytime||33/10||Offer|
Record Leeds United signing Rodrigo should edge out Moreno but will need to offer more. The former Valencia striker averages one in three for La Roja and is 17/4 to break the deadlock. Spain need to win to have any chance of making the Nations League Finals and can be found at 8/15 to secure the desire result.
Opponents Ukraine will line up with a front four of Andriy Yarmolenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka and Júnior Moraes. Sky Blues ace Zinchenko operates at left back for Pep Guardiola but is used in a more orthodox, attacking position by Shevchenko and it was his effort that clinched the spoils on Matchday 1.
The Radomyshl native is a whopping 22/1 to open proceedings, while Moraes is 17/2 in the same betting. The Yellow and Blues are 5/1 to emerge triumphant and continue an impressive sequence of results. A draw is 3/1.
One to watch for Spain: Fabián Ruiz is a regular in La Roja’s midfield alongside Sergio Busquets and Thiago Alcantara and is the most offensively minded of the trio. The Napoli fan favourite is 5/2 to net anytime.
One to watch for Ukraine: Yarmolenko has endured a stop start 18 months at club level with West Ham United but is still an important member of Shevchenko’s squad. The winger is 9/1 to bag the final effort.
Long shot: Die Mannschaft were without Champions League heroes Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka for the clash with Spain and were seconds away from beating Enrique’s troops. Next up for La Roja is Ukraine who went unbeaten in qualifying for Euro 2020, finishing above Portugal in the process, and the visitors will fancy their chances on Sunday. A 2-1 outcome in favour of the Eastern Europeans is 18/1.