It’s been the perfect week for Steve Clarke’s men having earned back-to-back wins over Ukraine and the Republic of Ireland at Hampden Park, meaning a point here will be enough to secure promotion to League A, as well as guaranteeing a play-off spot for Euro 2024. This clash takes place on neutral territory in Poland, though beyond these advantages Steve Clarke has a few new problems to contend with.
Although the Ukraine are without Oleksandr Zinchenko again, the injuries are really mounting up for Scotland with defenders Kieran Tierney and Scott Mckenna the latest to join the treatment room, while Aaron Hickey has picked up a slight knock.
With John Souttar, Grant Hanley and Andrew Robertson out of action as well, the backline is certainly light on numbers. Scott McTominay arguably put in his best performance in a national team shirt against Ukraine last week, but is suspended here, with David Turnbull another midfielder sidelined. In addition, forwards Che Adams and Lyndon Dykes are both doubts after coming down with illness.
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Still, Scotland can be pleased with a W10-D2-L2 record across their past 14 outings, even if this spell included some weaker opponents such as Moldova, the Faroe Islands and Armenia. It’s a similar story for Ukraine, who have lost just twice in 14 appearances since the Euros and found the net at least once in each of the other 12.
However, although the two recent head-to-heads saw goals as Ukraine won their World Cup play-off 3-1 before going down 3-0 last week in the Nations League, these two sides aren’t usually involved in that many high-scoring affairs.
Eight of Ukraine’s past 13 matches have featured fewer than three goals, as aside from those clashes with Scotland, the other exceptions came in a pair of wins over minnows Armenia and a 2-1 win over Finland.
For Steve Clarke’s outfit, Under 2.5 Goals has landed in 18 of 29 matches since October 2020, although we wouldn’t bank on that market with six of their last seven going the other way.
Given a point is enough and the defence needs some patching up, Steve Clarke is unlikely to send his side out to gung-ho for the win.
Scotland have made some slow starts in recent times too, with 10 of the 12 goals they’ve scored across their past six games coming in the second half, including seven of eight across the most recent three. In Ukraine’s past five matches, 12 of 14 goals from both teams have come after the break.
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