Mesut Ozil Germany Yevhen Konoplyanka Ukraine Euro 2016

Ukraine in Fine Form Entering Next Match

Germany’s bid for a fourth European Championship and first since 1996 begins with a tough match against Ukraine Sunday in Lille. The Germans are the current World Cup holders, but qualifying to get to France might not have been as easy as expected and their opener is no walk in the park either.

Shark Bites
  • Germany CB Mats Hummels has been ruled out of this match.
  • The last time these two met was a 3-3 friendly back in 2011.
  • Ukraine’s last five Euro games have been UNDER 2.5 goals.

In moneyline markets, Germany is currently -165 while Ukraine is +475 and the Draw is +300 at online shop Sportsbook. As far as the spread is concerned, Germany is a one-goal fave and is EVEN odds while Ukraine is -125 as one-goal pups. In totals markets, OVER 2.5 goals is -105 while UNDER 2.5 goals is -115.

Germany took the top spot in Group D during qualifying, but dropped two games and finished just one point clear of Poland and three points clear of Ireland when the dust settled.

They lost games to Poland and Ireland and had several scares along the way. Still, Germany is one of the faves to win the whole thing and deservedly so. This side is loaded with world-class talent and has the experience needed to win a major international tournament, but their Sportsbook match looks to be a tough one.

Germany must beware of Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka down the wings as the pair is blistering and deadly in counterattack situations. Ukraine enters the tournament in excellent form having won nine of their previous 13 matches.