Hampden Park will host the rescheduled World Cup qualifier between hosts Scotland and Ukraine at 19:45 CEST. The two teams will be looking to qualify for the match against Wales, with the winner securing their place at the World Cup in Qatar in November.
Scotland vs Ukraine match preview
Steve Clarke will focus on getting Scotland over the finish line against Ukraine before facing Wales to decide who will play in the World Cup later this year.
The rescheduled game against Ukraine will be fraught with emotion given the challenges Ukraine face, but Clarke wants his players to focus on the task at hand and get the job done.
Prior to the postponement of the game against Ukraine, Clarke had won six straight games in World Cup qualifying and hopes that does not change in Wednesday’s rescheduled match.
Can Ukraine Put Aside the Challenges Facing their Nation to Beat Scotland and Bolster their Chances of Qualifying for the World Cup?
Ukraine had to play a friendly against Moenchengladbach at Borussia Park on May 11 to improve the team’s fitness and sharpness ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Scotland.
This shows the huge challenges the Ukrainian national team has faced since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.
Oleksandr Petrakov hopes his team will be in the right shape when they face Scotland on Wednesday, given the quality and form of their opponents, who are aiming to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
Scotland team form guide
Scotland are unbeaten in eight games of international football. They have won six times and drawn twice in that time.
That streak includes six wins in World Cup qualifying, which they hope will help them qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which begins this November.
The two losses in that 10-match streak were a 3-1 defeat to Croatia on Matchday 3 of the UEFA Euro group stage and a 2-0 loss to Denmark in Game 4 of the World Cup qualifying round.
Ukraine team form guide
Ukraine has lost only once in its last ten international matches, including friendlies, World Cup qualifiers and the UEFA group stage.
The only defeat in that period was an emphatic 4-0 loss to England on July 3, 2021, in the UEFA Euro quarterfinals.
After the defeat to England, Oleksandr Petrakov’s men have gone eight games without defeat, including a friendly against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Ukraine will try to capitalise on that run of form when they face Scotland on Wednesday.
Scotland vs Ukraine prediction
Scotland will take the initiative in this game. The Scots are in a good shape and go into this match as favourites.
Ukraine will try to play patiently and wait for the right moment – in transitions or set pieces – to land a decisive blow.
Scotland is the favourite to win and thus to duel with Wales for a place in Qatar 2022.
Our Pick: Scotland to win
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