North Macedonia vs Ukraine Predictions

North Macedonia vs Ukraine predictions for Friday’s Euro 2024 qualifiers. Who will prevail between these two Group C rivals? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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North Macedonia vs Ukraine Predictions

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A Tale of Resilience and Rebound

Key Stats
– North Macedonia have recorded four straight victories in their recent Euro qualifying matches, a streak they are looking to extend against Ukraine.
– Before their recent loss against England, Ukraine have an impressive unbeaten streak of ten matches in Euro qualifying games.
– Ukraine’s recent matches have been high-scoring, especially highlighted by their 3-3 draw with Germany, signaling their strong attacking capabilities.

Following an electrifying 3-3 draw with Germany, Ukraine are charged up to secure their maiden win in the Euro 2024 qualifying Group C as they set foot in North Macedonia. Sergiy Rebrov’s team currently holds the fourth position in their group due to an initial loss against England. However, their hosts began on a positive note, overpowering Malta by 2-1.

A Rocky Road for North Macedonia

This encounter comes after North Macedonia’s historical but brief stint at Euro 2020, which culminated in a heartbreaking defeat against Portugal in the World Cup qualifying playoffs. The sudden crash after soaring heights was difficult for Blagoja Milevski’s team.

Despite an underwhelming performance in the 2022-23 Nations League, where they won only two of six fixtures, their journey to consecutive Euro finals started on a bright note with a slim victory over Malta. Key players Eljif Elmas and Darko Churlinov played significant roles in their triumph.

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The Winning Streak

The 65th-ranked nation indeed put up a commendable show, even though the victory wasn’t a sweeping one. Their winning spree continued as they secured a 1-0 victory over the Faroe Islands, thanks to Bojan Miovski’s crucial contribution in the 81st minute. At this early stage, North Macedonia sits second only to Italy in Group C, owing to goal difference. However, they hold the advantage of having a game in hand.

A Glance at the Recent Performances

Milevski’s men, despite their impressive recent form, are due for a demanding match against England three days post their clash with Ukraine. This encounter might see Ukraine become their fifth consecutive victim in Euro qualifying. The Lynxes have recorded four straight victories in their recent Euro qualifying matches, against teams including Israel, Kosovo, Georgia, and Malta.

However, their streak of five consecutive wins at this stage has never materialised, and the fiery Ukrainians, who demonstrated a formidable goal-scoring ability in Bremen, might pose a challenge.

A Wavering Journey for Ukraine

In their 1,000th international game, Germany’s Hansi Flick introduced a defensive trio that initially fumbled against Ukraine’s aggressive pressing. This forced the German team into costly mistakes, but the Ukrainians couldn’t take full advantage. Despite an early lead by Germany, Ukraine quickly bounced back with two strikes by Viktor Tsygankov, and an Antonio Rudiger own goal gave Ukraine an edge. However, Kai Havertz’s late-game heroics snatched away a victory from Ukraine.

The Road Ahead for Both Teams

The thrilling stalemate with Germany suggests that the Ukrainians might carry the attacking momentum into their clash with North Macedonia. Their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign commenced with a 2-0 defeat against England, marked by swift goals from Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka. Still, the Ukrainians have a strong track record of ten unbeaten Euro qualifying matches before their recent loss.

The Predictive Analysis

Given the recent performances of both teams, we predict a Ukraine win with a goal handicap. The primary reasons for this forecast include Ukraine’s excellent performance against Germany, North Macedonia’s lacklustre record against top-tier teams, and the historical head-to-head record favouring Ukraine.

Moreover, based on the high-scoring nature of Ukraine’s recent matches and North Macedonia’s defensive lapses, we suggest a small correct score bet on the 3-1 in favour of Ukraine. 

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