Ukraine vs Luxembourg by Neuro
In a friendly match five days ago, Ukraine came out as winners on a neutral ground to Georgia with a 2:1 result. It was their first victory after three official matches, as the first time went really slow and wasn't attractive at all, while the things improved in the second half when the Ukrainian side improved the tempo of the match.
Kravets opened the scoreline with a goal in 57th minute, while Konopljanka doubled up the lead ten minutes later. Nine minutes before the full time whistle, Georgia reduced the deficit via Vatsadze. Ukraine is third in their group and already look like almost sure third placed team, as they have six points less than Slovakia and three points less than second placed Spain, but at the same time, four points more than their clossest followers from Belarus. Coach Formenko said that the management has seen the matches of Luxembourg and that they know what to expect, adding that the team is ready to satisfy their fans. Their team is mainly made of players who are playing in domestic competitions, as they have only Tymoschuk from Zenit and Olijnyk from Vitesse playing abroad. Right back Artem Fedetskyi is suspended and should be their only real absentee.
Luxembourg, on the other side, has one draw and four defeats so far, being of course locked at the sixth position with two points less than FYR Macedonia and three less than Belarus, as the team anyway don't expect much positive things from this qualifiers for France 2016.
Few days ago, they had a golless draw at home against Moldova, result that can be counted as a positive one, as the Moldovans failed to use their chances in order to get the victory. Their coach said that the Ukrainians will try hardly to score early in the match and will have the help of their fans, adding that it's important to overcome the difficult moments early in the match. Midfielders Christopher Martins (from Lyon's second team) and Mathias Janisch from Differdange 03 aren't included into the mission here due injuries and will represnet a blow for the visitors. Striker Aurelien Joachin (from CSKA Sofia) is still recovering from injury.
Ukraine should be getting three points easily here. They maybe won't humiliate their opponent, but I certainly see their victory of three goals or more coming much easier than just a narrow one goal difference victory.