Ukraine v Poland
The two Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine and Poland will face each other in their final group stage match on Tuesday evening at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Ukraine became the first team to be eliminated from Euro 2016, following their 2-0 defeat to Northern Ireland. Poland, meanwhile, will be looking to secure a top two finish in Group C.
Despite heading into the match with their fate already sealed, Ukraine will not want to be leave France without any points on the board. Head coach Mykhaylo Fomenko may use the occasion to give more game time to two of Ukraine’s brightest young talents, 19-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko and 20-year-old Viktor Kovalenko.
With only four of the six third-placed teams progressing to the Round of 16, Poland will be looking for all 3 points which will guarantee them a place in the top two. The Poles will top the group if they beat Ukraine and Germany fail to beat Northern Ireland. If Poland and Germany both win their final matches, the sides will be level on 7 points and goal difference will determine which side finishes in first place.
Poland frustrated World Champions Germany in their second group game, holding out for a 0-0 draw at the Stade de France. Although it was Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik who missed the two best chances of the match.
Speaking after the match, Poland head coach Adam Nawalka said: “The only thing I’m not completely happy about is our failure to score but 0-0 was a fair result. I’m happy the players aren’t fully satisfied. It means they ask a lot of themselves and there’s more to come. Now we have a few days to prepare for the final group game. We have a lot of potential.”
First-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is a doubt for the match, having missed the goalless draw with a thigh injury. Lukasz Fabianski will continue in goal if Szczesny fails to recover in time.
Ukraine predicted line-up
Poland predicted line-up
101 Great Goals prediction: Ukraine 0 – Poland 1