Ukraine and Austria have everything to play for on Monday at the Euro 2020 tournament. The two sides are level on three points after two matches. Ukraine lost 3-2 to the Netherlands to kick off the tournament but claimed a 2-1 win over North Macedonia on Thursday. Austria defeated North Macedonia 2-1 to kick off the Euro 2020 tournament before losing 2-0 to the Netherlands on Thursday night.

Now, the two sides are battling for second place and a spot in the round of 16. As it stands, Ukraine are in second place in Group C while Austria are the best of the four third-place teams. A loss to Ukraine may not see Austria progress. Four points may be needed to ensure the Austrians reach the knockout stage. Franco Foda’s team’s win on matchday 1 of Group C was the first-ever European Championship victory for Austria.

The Austrians were without Marko Arnautovic due to suspension. He insulted North Macedonia’s Ezgjan Alioski to receive the ban. Arnautovic was missed greatly by Austria in the final third against the Netherlands.

These teams have only played twice previously. The teams have each won a match. Those two fixtures came in 2011 and 2012. Ukraine simply need a draw against the Austrians to progress to the next round as the second-place team in Group C. A draw may be enough to send Austria through as one of the four third-place teams.

Ukraine vs Austria Betting Odds

 

Ukraine claimed a 2-1 win over North Macedonia on Thursday. The Ukrainians were up 2-0 by halftime thanks to goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk. Andriy Shevchenko’s team conceded in the second half but held on to win the game. Leading sportsbooks have Ukraine at odds of 23/10 to win the match at full-time against Austria.

Against North Macedonia, Ukraine kept 53% possession and tallied 17 shots with eight hitting target. Ukraine should play similarly against Austria as they did versus North Macedonia. Ukraine may have lost their game against the Netherlands 3-2, but they come back from two goals down to level the scoreline at 2-2 in the second period.

Austria are at odds of 29/10 to win the match at full-time versus Ukraine. Austria were very good against North Macedonia winning 2-1. However, they struggled against the Dutch on Thursday, losing 2-0. Foda’s team kept 54% possession and tallied nine shots. Just one of the team’s nine shots hit the target, however. Arnautovic’s absence was huge and prevented the team from being more dangerous in the final third.

The teams are at odds of 11/10 to draw at full-time. The game will be played in Bucharest and neither side will have home-field advantage. The Dutch are the “home” team in Group C as each of their games has been played in Amsterdam.

Ukraine vs Austria Team News

Foda is likely to play his strongest side possible. Arnautovic is likely to start the game following his one-match ban. Foda needs the mercurial forward to step up to lead the team through the group stage and play in the round of 16. RB Leipzig midfielder Marcelo Sabitzer has been played on the left wing by Foda, which is out of position. He has had little impact on games.

Meanwhile, Foda has used a dual defensive midfield pairing with Konrad Laimer and Andreas Ulmer. Ulmer typically plays as a full-back for club team Red Bull Salzburg. Laimer missed most of the club season due to injury. David Alaba and Martin Hinteregger are likely to anchor the defence once more.

Shevchenko will also pick the strongest team available. This is a must-win match for both teams. Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk will start in attack as long as both are fit. Shevchenko has deployed Manchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko as a left-sided midfielder

This should be an intense fixture with automatic qualification to the round of 16 on the line for both teams. Austria will fancy their chances of progression, but Ukraine have shown themselves capable of scoring goals. Both national teams have been vulnerable at the back.

Ukraine vs Austria Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 11/8 - BET NOW

 

Ukraine’s games have seen goals thus far. They are scoring goals with four tallied, but have allowed four goals to opponents. Shevchenko’s team are likely to concede goals once more, but could certainly score them too. Austria have allowed three goals to opponents while scoring two of their own. Group C has been a high scoring group. The final day of the group stage is likely to see Group C’s teams tally even more goals.

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Andriy Yarmolenko may not have had a very good season at the club level with West Ham, but he has starred for Ukraine at the Euro 2020 tournament. Yarmolenko has scored in each of Ukraine’s group stage matches. He is in fine form and could get a third goal for the Yellow and Blue to seal automatic qualification to the round of 16. The vice-captain has scored 42 career international goals in 96 matches.

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Both of Ukraine’s games have finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Meanwhile, Austria have had one of their two matches at the tournament finish with more than 2.5 goals scored. The teams should combine for over 2.5 goals tallied on Monday on the final day of the group stage.

This is a difficult game to call going into the final day. Both sides need a win to assure themselves of going through. A draw could send one of these sides through as one of the best third-place teams while one of the sides will go through as the second-place finisher.

Although Austria played well versus North Macedonia and weren’t very good against the Dutch. Ukraine should outplay Austria on Monday and claim a narrow win with goals being scored. Even with Arnautovic, Austria should fall just short of winning the match.