Ukraine will hope to put their friendly defeat at the hands of France behind them when Nations League contenders Spain make the trip to Eastern Europe. The Yellow and Blues were thrashed 7-1 by the World Champions in an uncharacteristic display from Andriy Shevchenko’s troops who have impressed under the legendary forward’s guidance.
Where and when: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev – 13 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Ukraine vs. Spain: Sky Sports Red Button
Last time: La Roja thumped The Yellow and Blues 4-0 in the reverse fixture courtesy of Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres and a Sergio Ramos brace.
Ukraine v Spain Predictions and Preview
Ukraine have won 20 and drawn 9 of the 36 matches overseen by Shevchenko. The Milan idol’s standout achievement to date was finishing ahead of holders Portugal in qualifying for the European Championship next summer and the Yellow and Blues are a solid outfit.
The national boss will unfortunately have to make do without star attacker Junior Moraes who is currently in isolation. Marlos and Mykola Matviyenko are also on the sidelines and will be big misses to the side.
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|Sergio Ramos to score anytime||18/5||Offer|
|Spain to win 2-0||5/1||Offer|
|Under 1.5 goals||7/2||Offer|
Moraes, who has been prolific at club level for Metalurh Donetsk, Dynamo Kiev and current employers Shakhtar, will be replaced by Roman Yaremchuk who averages one in three for his country.
The Gent hitman is 4/1 to net anytime, while veteran Andriy Yarmolenko is 11/2 in the same market. The West Ham United ace will line up from the right flank and is nearing a century of appearances for Ukraine and 50 goals. The hosts are 9/1 to claim all three points and a draw is 9/2.
Luis Enrique went with an experimental line-up in the stalemate with the Seleção. Kepa Arrizabalaga, Sergio Canales, Dani Olmo, Diego Llorente and Eric Garcia all made starts but Sergio Ramos and Pau Torres will return at the heart of defence.
Enrique gave Ansu Fati a breather on Wednesday and the Barcelona wonderkid will go straight back in to the eleven. The 17-year-old is 15/4 to open proceedings and offers much needed pace and drive in an otherwise slow Spain team.
Gerard Moreno is the only orthodox striker in the squad and is 4/1 to register first. The Villarreal favourite is ahead of Alvaro Morata, Iago Aspas and team-mate Paco Alcácer in the pecking order but knows he must deliver on the international scene. Elsewhere, Torres is 15/8 to break the deadlock and Spain are 4/11 to emerge triumphant.
One to watch for Ukraine: Ruslan Malinovskyi signed for Atalanta for a very modest €13.7m last summer but has more than doubled his transfer value with a series of stunning strikes and displays. The left footer is 14/1 to notch the final effort.
One to watch for Spain: Adama Traore was at the centre of a tug of war between Mali and Spain but opted for La Roja. The Wolves speedster made his debut against Portugal and is 5/1 to score last.
Long shot: Spain are very much in the rebuilding process after their calamitous showing at the 2018 World Cup. While La Roja do not possess the same star power after Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Iker Casillas retired, the likes of Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Mikel Oyarzabal, Torres and Olmo are all coming through the ranks to herald a new era. A 4-1 success for the travelling party is 17/1.