Free Euro 2016 Pick: Ukraine vs Northern Ireland Odds
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Ukraine vs. Northern Ireland
Date: Thursday June 16, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Stade des Lumieres, Lyon, France
Euro 2016 Moneyline Odds: Ukraine -180, Northern Ireland +575, Draw +290
Euro 2016 Spread Betting Odds: Ukraine -1 (-105) Northern Ireland +1 (-115)
Euro 2016 Betting Total: 2
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Don’t let those odds fool you, these are two of the worst teams in the tournament. Northern Ireland is considered to be the worst side in the Euro, though they did manage to lose by just a goal in their opener against Poland.
Ukraine lost by two against Germany in a game that they were never really in. They have to beat Northern Ireland or else they will sink to the bottom of the rankings in the tourney.
This is the best chance that Ukraine has to get any points in this tournament. They might have been able to play with Poland but this is a team they should beat. They will have to score to do so though.
If they are going to break through with their first goal of the tournament look for Andriy Yarmolenko to be involved. The forward has twice as many international goals as anyone else on the squad.
Ukraine is not an elite squad that is for sure but it is hard to measure just how good or bad they using just their game against Germany as a benchmark. They hardly had the ball at all against Germany but that German side is one of the tops in the world.
Even though they lost 2-0 to Germany it was essentially a one goal game – Germany scored in added time. Perhaps they can build off the fact that they weren’t embarrassed to start the tournament.
This is the first time that Northern Ireland has qualified for the Euro.
They are considered the lightest side in the field but they have a great chance to get at least some points thanks their presence in a group with Ukraine.
The star for Northern Ireland is definitely Kyle Lafferty. When he was with Rangers he was good for a goal about every other game and he is the best shot the squad has of scoring in this tournament.
Northern Ireland are not blessed with a ton of scoring talent but it will be interesting to see if they play less cautious in this one. There is really no reason not to push forward and attack.
Ukraine is hardly going to put them on their heels.
You never know what these things will really mean but the Irish squad have said that they are dedicating the contest to a fan that fell to his death in Nice. I don’t want to make light of a tragic situation but anything that sparks them could be a difference maker.
Free Ukraine vs. Northern Ireland Euro 2016 Prediction:
I know what they are saying about Northern Ireland is not very flattering but I was still surprised to see the Ukraine as such a significant favourite. There is no value in betting that side in this one.
It is enticing to want to back Northern Ireland at that price but do you really want to get behind the team most feel is the worst in the field? The only option is the draw for this one I think.
4* Free Euro 2016 Betting Pick: Draw
I like Northern Ireland to strike first in this one.
Maybe use some of that emotion and jump on the Ukraine who might be more methodical. Once they get the lead they will try and stifle the action but eventually the Ukraine will get through.
I wish I could say this one will be exciting but I doubt that. Once that first goal and the equalizer are out of the way I wouldn’t expect any additional scoring.
Euro 2016 Free Score Prediction: Northern Ireland 1 – Ukraine 1
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