The UEFA Nations League returns to the fold with another round of matches as Ukraine take on the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday, 8 June. Both teams have been inconsistent this year and have a point to prove.
The Republic of Ireland have made a poor start to their Nations League campaign and have plenty of work to do. They suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Armenia in their previous game and will look to bounce back this week.
Ukraine, on the other hand, failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup and will be eager to prove their mettle in this fixture. They slumped to a narrow 1-0 loss against Wales last week and will need to take it up a notch against the Irish.
Republic of Ireland vs Ukraine Head-to-Head
Ukraine have a good record against the Republic of Ireland, winning three out of the six matches played between the two sides. The Irish have managed only one victory over Ukraine and will look to cut the deficit on Wednesday.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place last year and ended in a 1-0 victory for Ukraine. The Republic of Ireland were impressive on the day but will need to be more clinical this week.
Republic of Ireland form guide: L-W-D-W-D
Ukraine form guide: L-W-W-W-D
Republic of Ireland vs Ukraine Team News
Republic of Ireland
Gavin Bazunu and Wolves defender Matt Doherty are currently recovering from injuries and will not be available for selection. The Republic of Ireland are unlikely to make drastic changes to their team for the match.
Injured: Matt Doherty, Gavin Bazunu
Ukraine have a fully-fit squad at the moment with no injury concerns. They have been impressive over the past week and are set to persist with the same team.
Republic of Ireland vs Ukraine Predicted XI
Republic of Ireland Predicted XI (3-4-3): Caoimhin Kelleher; Cyrus Christie, Shane Duffy, John Egan; Seamus Coleman, Josh Cullen, Jeff Hendrick, Conor Hourihane; Chiedozie Ogbene, Callum Robinson, Troy Parrott
Ukraine Predicted XI (4-3-3): Heorhii Bushchan; Vitalii Mykolenko, Illia Zabarnyi, Mykola Matvienko, Oleksandr Karavaev; Taras Stepanenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Viktor Tsygankov, Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk
Republic of Ireland vs Ukraine Prediction
Ukraine have a point to prove and will take plenty of heart from their recent performances. The likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Oleksandr Zinchenko have played their hearts out over the past week and will look to maintain their form.
The Republic of Ireland will be in no mood to concede an advantage and will look to make amends in their Nations League campaign. Ukraine are an impressive team on paper, however, and might be able to secure victory on Wednesday.
Prediction: Republic of Ireland 1-2 Ukraine