Slovenia vs Ukraine 11/17/2015 EURO2016 Playoff Preview Odds and Prediction
Ukraine (2) vs Slovenia (0)
Tuesday 17th November 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Slovenia 19/10 Draw 11/5 Ukraine 17/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; Fox Soccer
The second leg of the Euro 2016 playoff between Slovenia and the Ukraine should be another tense affair. The first leg had alot of hand bags, players throwing themselves on the ground, feigning injury and alot of not very pleasant stuff to watch. In between the poor stuff there was a quality finish by Yarmalenko and a goal that was bordeline off side but overall the Ukraine were the better team and deserve to be going into this second leg with a lead. Ukraine will again look to star man Konoplyanko to lead the way as they will surely look to close this game out with a goal that would mean Slovenia have to score four. With the quality three upfront in the form of the aformentioned Konoplyanko, Seleznyov and Yarmalenko I think the Ukraine have a distinct advantage here.
Slovenia played pretty poorly in the first leg and really would be out of the tie only for some terrific goalkeeping by Inter Milan keeper Handanovich. Slovenia have struggled offensively and have only scored more than one goal twice in the qualifiers at home. On Tuesday night they need at least two , Novakovic will be the key man up front as he leads the line and links the play, but his partner Illicic is the star man of this Slovenia team and the Fiorentina striker must find a way to get on the ball closer to goal. In the first leg his good play was too far from goal and he did not get enough chances close to the Ukraine goal to be able to hurt them.
Tough game to call here but I see the Ukraine being able to close this one out, probably with a draw in Maribor. Taking the draw here in what I think may end up being a 0-0 game.