Germany v Ukraine – Stade Pierre Mauroy at 20:00 live on BBC One
It’s the opening game of Group C, and favourites as outright winners Germany will kick-off their tournament facing Ukraine on Sunday night in Lille.
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Germany head into this match having only won two of their last five matches in all competitions, and six of their last ten.
Joachim Low’s last fixture ending in a 2-0 victory against Hungary in a friendly; Thomas Muller scoring the second in Gelsenkirchen.
Away from home and the Germans have lost two games in a row after winning four on the bounce, and in their last five have scored 12 and conceded five.
Germany’s last away match was a 2-0 defeat to France back in November, but it has to be noted that Low’s team have only lost four of their last 20 on the road.
The squad of 23 only consists of one striker in Mario Gomez, but still include major threats like Muller, Toni Kroos and World Cup hero Mario Gotze.
In qualification the current World Champions finished top of Group D by one point ahead of Poland, and lost two games in the process, yet this will be their 11th Euro tournament having won three and finished runners-up on another three occasions.
Furthermore, the country currently ranked fourth in the world have played 43 times in this competition and have only lost on ten occasions.
Germany’s opponents Ukraine though go into this tournament unbeaten in their last six, and have only lost four of their last 20 in all competitions.
Mykhaylo Fomenko’s last match ended in a 3-1 victory away to Albania in a friendly; Yevhen Konoplyanka assisting the first and scoring the third.
Away from home and Ukraine remain unbeaten in their last six, and have only lost two of their last ten. Meanwhile, in their last five matches on the road they have scored ten and conceded five.
Among the squad, key players include Sevilla winger Konoplyanka, veteran midfielder and captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, as well as hot favourite to impress Andriy Yarmolenko.
In qualification, the nation ranked 19th in the world finished third behind both Slovakia and Spain, making it into the play-offs considering they only conceded four goals in ten matches.
In the play-offs, Fomenko’s side took on Slovenia and beat them over two legs 3-1.
This will be their second European tournament after hosting the competition in 2012 with Poland, as their debut tournament ended in a early exit at the group stages after winning one game.
The last time these two nations met, the friendly finished 3-3 back in 2011. Yet, from their total of five meetings, Ukraine have never beaten Germany with the Germans claiming two wins.
Expect a good game for this one, Ukraine will not be looking to concede and could damage Germany on the counter attack, especially with Low’s high line. While the Germans will want to get off to a winning start considering they are one of the favourites.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Ukraine +1 @ 1.89 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage
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