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Ukraine vs Northern Ireland 16 June 2016: Euro 2016 Preview and Predictions

Ukraine take on Northern Ireland in Group C where both teams are coming off losses. Neither team would have liked their start but a win here will be enough to get both campaigns back on track so I expect a good game of football.

Northern Ireland were not very good in their opening game and I don’t think a similar performance will be enough. This side gave way too much position to Poland and when they got their chances, they failed to capitalize. This time around they need to put in a lot more emphasis on the midfield since I expect them to have a lot more of the ball against Ukraine.

The Ukrainians in their first game were not bad, they simply were playing Germany. This time around they will feel as if they have a much better shot of getting a result and if they played like they did in their last game, I am optimistic for them. This side has a great defensive record and they will look to use that in this game. I think this side has what it takes to win but the Northern Irish will be determined as well so I am going to predict a draw.

As far as betting is concerned, there are two really good bets in this game. The first is the under 2.5 goals. Ukraine have an amazing defensive record and I think we can expect a low scoring game. This should be the safest bet. The second bet is betting on the draw. Neither team are overwhelmingly better than the other so a close game is expected and in these cases a draw is the best bet for the price we get. At over 2/1 it is always appealing but I think placing a bet on it in this case is a more than profitable play. 

Pick:
Draw

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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