Ukraine vs. Austria 6/21/21 Euro Cup 2021 Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ukraine vs. Austria
June 21, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +220, Under 2.5 -275
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Ukraine and Austria are playing at National Arena in round 3 of Group C in the Euro Cup 2021. Ukraine has been playing really well in this tournament, and they have lost only 1 of their last 8 games. Austria has shown a lot of good stuff in their first two games, but they won just one of those games.
Ukraine has lost their first game to Netherlands, but it was a tight game, while they have won their second match against North Macedonia. Ukraine is now in 2nd place with 3 points, 4 scored goals, and 4 conceded goals. Yaremchuk and Yarmolenko have each scored 2 goals for Ukraine so far in this tournament. Yarmolenko, Karavaev, Malinovskyi, and Yaremchuk have each added 1 assist. In their last game against North Macedonia, Ukraine was the better team with 52% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 6 big chances created, and 87% of the correct passes. With great performance in the first half, Ukraine has scored 2 goals, and they have won that match 2-1. Ukraine needs only 1 point from this game, but I’m sure they will go for the win to keep their form up. Ukraine is playing nice soccer on both ends, and they will be a big threat to whoever will be playing against them in the next stage.
Austria has started well in this tournament, but they were really missing Arnautovic who is suspended because of that goal celebration in the first game. With 3 points, Austria is in 3rd place, and they have scored and conceded 3 goals, but if they lose this game, they might be kicked out of the best third-placed teams. Against Netherlands, Austria has had 53% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 5 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a solid 82% of the correct passes. Austria has conceded 2 goals, but they are misusing Alaba in this tournament, and they are not taking advantage of their tall strikers. Austria is a solid team, they are capable of playing great soccer, but Austria must go for the win here, and that means Alaba will need to play much higher up the pitch. Arnautovic will be back from his suspension, but Lazaro is still questionable for this game because of the injury. Austria is a dynamic team, they are fast, they like playing through their wingers, but they need to start crossing the ball more for their tall strikers.
I think this will be one of the best games in this tournament yet, and I expect goals on both sides. Each team has won 1 game in this matchup, and we saw at least 3 goals in each of those games. With both teams needing a win, they will need to open up and risk more, and that is when goals will come.