Ukraine will host Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group D of the World Cup European qualifying tournament.
Ukraine finally ended their run of draws when the team defeated Finland 2-1 in their last World Qualifying match.
They are now unbeaten in six World Qualifying matches, with one win and five draws, and are second in the group with eight points. They are four points adrift of table-toppers France and have basically no chance of being in the race for top spot in the group.
With one more game played than Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine are two points ahead, a lead that is not so significant. This game is crucial for the team to retain 2nd place in the group.
Ukraine’s recent form is picking up, and the fact that they were able to draw with France shows that the team’s strength cannot be underestimated. In terms of statistics, Ukraine have scored 8 goals and conceded 7 in their 6 matches in the World Cup.
Yarmolenko and Janichok are both playing well in attack, but the defensive problems have not been solved and the team has conceded goals in every recent match.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina are currently ranked 58th in the world and have only played 5 matches in the main competition this year. The team has won 1, drawn 3 and lost 1 match in the World Qualifying Tournament, finishing in 3rd place in the group with 6 points.
With one game less played and two points behind this opponent Ukraine, the team will be in a good position to qualify if they can grab the points in this match.
Looking at the stats, Bosnia and Herzegovina have scored 7 goals and conceded 6 in their 5 World Cup qualifying matches, which is a decent performance overall in attack and defense.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s recent 1-1 draw with France in the World Cup qualifiers, followed by a four-point win over underdogs Kazakhstan, is still in relatively stable form.
In terms of the squad, Pjanic is not in the current list, but the good thing is that striker Prevejek has been in great form recently and scored twice in the last match.
The Ukrainian side have been in increasingly consistent form of late, with the heart of the forward line, Yarmolenko, on goalscoring mode.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the other hand, are not far behind in their recent form, having gone unbeaten in three straight regular season matches, including a draw against France. Although the team is missing its core midfielder Pjanic, striker Prevejek’s form has picked up.
The match is a crucial one for both sides in the race to qualify for the tournament. The hosts have been given some support from all sides, after all, Ukraine are ranked higher than their opponents, so Ukraine are expected to take all three points in this match.
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