Scotland and Ukraine face off in the FIFA World Cup 2022 play-off semi-final at Hampden Park in the early hours of Thursday, June 2. The match will kick off at 12:15 AM IST.
Scotland will be without long-term absentee Kieran Tierney (knee injury) and Ryan Jack, who pulled out of the team with a calf injury. Despite playing the entirety of Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League final defeat, Andrew Robertson is expected to start against Ukraine.
For Ukraine, there are no fresh injury concerns heading into their first football game since November 2021.
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Scotland vs Ukraine recent form
Steve Clarke’s Scottish national team haven’t lost a game since September 2021 when they went down 2-0 against Denmark in the World Cup qualifiers. Since then, the side have won the next six qualification games and drawn friendlies against Poland (1-1) and Austria (2-2). During this time, they have scored 13 goals while conceding seven.
Ukraine, on the other hand, will play their first game since the Russian invasion. As far as form guide goes, the Oleksandr Petrakov-coached side have remained unbeaten since the 0-4 loss to England at Euro 2020. They registered two wins and five draws in seven outings.
Scotland: D, D, W, W, W
Ukraine: W, D, D, W, D
Scotland vs Ukraine head-to-head
Since their first-ever meeting in 2006, Scotland and Ukraine have played just two matches in the past, with each side registering a win. The upcoming match is a postponed game in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification playoffs as the earlier scheduled match was called off due to the national crisis in Ukraine.
Ukraine 2-0 Scotland
Scotland 3-1 Ukraine
Scotland vs Ukraine prediction and football betting tips for FIFA World Cup 2022 play-off semi-final
Given Scotland’s recent run of form, which includes six wins in their last eight outings, the odds of victory are in their favour. Ukraine, however, also have a bit of momentum on their side and could put on a spirited fight.
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