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Northern Ireland Seeks First Euro Goal

The two teams with the longest odds to win Group C, Northern Ireland (+8000) and the Ukraine (+2500), will face-off Thursday for only the fifth time in their histories.

  • Ukraine leads the all-time series with Northern Ireland 2-0-2.
  • Northern Ireland is in the European Championship for the first time ever.
  • Ukraine is 4-1-0 in their last five matches.

Ukraine qualified for the Euro’s for only the second time ever, the first coming in 2012 when they hosted the tournament. Coming off an expected loss to perennial powerhouse Germany, Ukraine will look to get back to even standing versus a Northern Ireland team they are heavily favored to beat.

Northern Ireland dropped a 1-0 result to Poland in their last fixture, they were never really in the game however, as they had only two shot attempts compared to the Poles 18.  

Online shop Bovada currently has Ukraine as the -160 moneyline favorite and Northern Ireland as the +500 underdog.

It’s tough to draw any conclusions from the two team’s previous meetings so let’s take a look at the two teams qualifying records. Northern Ireland went 6-3-1 in qualifying with two impressive wins over Greece, while team Ukraine went 7-2-3 in qualifying and got into the tournament in a playoff with Slovenia.

This is a close matchup but with Northern Ireland never looking like scoring in their first game, there may be some value in the +275 line for the two teams to draw.