On Sunday evening, the Netherlands will welcome the team of the Ukraine for their first match of this Euro 2021 (Euro 2021 Schedule). The Netherlands, who qualified for a finals for the first time since 2014, are considered the big group favorites and will face a rather unpleasant opponent in their opener, who is coached by a real legend on the bench.
Netherlands without defense boss van Dijk
Head coach Frank de Boer, who succeeded Ronald Koeman after his departure to FC Barcelona, will have to do without probably the most important player in the squad for the 2021 European Championship. Virgil van Dijk is out due to a long-term injury, so the question is who will start in the center of defense alongside Juventus center back Matthijs de Ligt. Stefan de Vrij (Inter) and Ajax veteran Daley Blind could be considered.
Alkmaar left-back Owen Wijndal is set to start, while either Denzel Dumfries (PSV Eindhoven) or Brighton & Hove Albion legionnaire Joel Veltman can start on the right in the back four.
EURO 2020 Latest Match Betting Odds – Netherlands vs. Ukraine
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Midfield-Allrounder about to sign with PSG
The European Championship, for Georginio Wijnaldum, might offer a stage to showcase his best side once again, as the 30-year-old is on the lookout for a new club following his departure from Liverpool FC. However, there may be no longer a necessity for a big stage as he is said to be close to signing for Paris Saint-Germain.
Alongside the reliable Wijnaldum, whom Klopp will find difficult to replace at Liverpool, FC Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong is the best-known name in the Dutch midfield.
EURO 2020 Betting – List of Top Websites
|1st place||rated 4.8/5
|2nd place||rated 4.6/5
|3rd place||rated 4.5/5
|4th place||rated 4.3/5
|5th place||rated 4.2/5
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Who will be in the starting lineup next to the two is still open. Marten de Roon, who had a very good season at Atalanta, holds the best cards. The young Ajax talent Ryan Gravenberch and his teammate Davy Klaassen can also hope for a few minutes of action.
Frank de Boer counts on Depay
Striker Memphis Depay, who is currently playing for Lyon, is one of our secret favorites for the title of top scorer in this Championship. The Lyon striker, who could move to FC Barcelona in the summer, has scored 32 points for his club this season and is set in the center of attack. With Luuk de Jong (Sevilla) and Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg), the coach would have two target strikers up his sleeve, but they are unlikely to be in the starting lineup.
EURO 2020 Betting Odds: Tournament Bets Netherlands
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|Netherlands to win Group C||1,37|
|Netherlands to qualify from Group C||1,03|
|Netherlands to reach Quarterfinals||1,65|
|Netherlands to reach Semifinals||3,00|
|Netherlands to reach Final||6,75|
|Netherlands EURO 2020 Winners||13,0|
In addition to Depay, fans are also pinning their hopes on right winger Steven Berghuis, who is in outstanding form and has contributed 18 goals and 14 assists in 31 games for Feyenoord. Accordingly, the winger could also benefit Depay’s strike partner. On the left wing, the dynamic Donyell Malen could provide danger, provided Frank de Boer does not deploy Depay in this position. Should Depay play on the wing, Luuk de Jong would have a good chance of making the starting eleven.
The star of the team is the Coach
Long after his days as an active player are gone, former world-class striker Andriy Shevchenko, since 2016 head coach of the Ukrainian team, is the most prominent name in the Ukrainian team. He prefers a 4-3-3 formation, and originally, planned on playing dominant possession soccer, but then turned away from that after a stinging 4-0 defeat to Spain.
In the return match against the Spaniards, the Ukrainians operated far more defensively and the pragmatic approach was rewarded with a 1-0 victory. Against strong teams, such as the Netherlands, Shevchenko likes to switch systems and play in a 5-3-2 system with a five-man backline.
New keeper and no actual left-winger
There is a change at the goalkeeper’s position, as long-time captain Andriy Pyatov resigned. In his place will be Dynamo Kiev goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan, who has scored 13 times in his 23 championship games this year. There is a problem on the left wing, as Yevhen Konoplyanka lost his place in the starting eleven at his club Shakhtar this year. With no real alternative on the left wing, either Viktor Tsygankov (Dynamo Kiev) or Oleksandr Zubkov (Ferencvaros) will come into play. Both footballers play on the right wing for their clubs.
Powerful midfield center
Left central midfielder and legionnaire Oleksandr Zinchenko is used in both the 4-3-3 and 5-3-2 systems, who plays as a left-back at his club Manchester City is known for his particular strengths in combinational play. On international level, Zinchenko is the most successful player in the Ukrainian squad and Shevchenko is to be congratulated for finding a suitable position for his top player in the national team as well.
EURO 2020 Betting Odds: Tournament Bets Ukraine
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|Ukraine to Win Group C||5,50|
|Ukraine to qualify from Group C||1,28|
|Ukraine to get knocked out in Group Stage||3,50|
|Ukraine to reach Quarterfinals||2,87|
|Ukraine to reach Semifinals||7,00|
|Ukraine to reach Final||17,0|
|Ukraine EURO 2020 Winners||51,0|
Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk) is a little more defensive than Zinchenko on the six, and is regarded as a dependable sweeper. Ruslan Malinovskyi completes the midfield trio. The Atalanta Bergamo legionnaire has improved his form over the course of the season and is responsible for the midfield forays into the opponent’s penalty area.
Genk-Striker looking for Top-Club
At center forward, Roman Yaremchuk is an in-form legionnaire who contributed 17 goals and six assists in 28 games for his club Genk. The center forward wants to use the European Championship as a springboard to sign with a bigger club. His club would sell him as soon as a buyer is willing to pay around 17 million euros. On the right wing, Andriy Yarmolenko is a player where the line between genius and madness is quite thin. However, the winger has very little playing experience, as he has only made sporadic appearances for West Ham United this season.
EURO 2020 Betting Match Odds – Fixtures Group C
Betting tip: Narrow victory for the Dutch and few goals
Even though the Dutch have not always been able to shine in the recent past and, for example, lost 4-2 to Turkey in the World Cup qualifiers, we are also betting on a narrow victory, especially since Frank de Boer’s team will be playing in front of a home crowd.
However, the Dutch could struggle for a long time against the defensively minded opponent, which is why we think betting an Under 2.5 is interesting in addition to the 3-way bet.