After missing out on Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the Netherlands are finally back among the big guns after losing just one of their eight qualifying matches for this tournament. However, with Frank de Boer struggling to inspire convincing performances since taking over from Ronald Koeman, expectations are still relatively low regarding this side, though the likes of Memphis Depay and Wout Weghorst will undoubtedly pose serious goalscoring threats.
They face a Ukraine side widely regarded as one of the dark horses at Euro 2020. Andriy Shevchenko’s side are a supremely organised defensive unit, while the likes of Ruslan Malinovskyi and Andriy Yarmolenko are capable of moments of magic. If Ukraine can get off the mark quickly here against the Dutch, who knows what trajectory both sides could follow throughout this tournament.
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Netherlands vs Ukraine: Match Stats
This is the first competitive meeting between these two nations, with the previous two coming in friendlies.
Ukraine have scored just one goal against the Netherlands.
The Netherlands qualified as runners-up in Group C, finishing behind Germany and losing just one of their eight games. This is their first major tournament since the 2014 World Cup where they reached the semi-finals.
Ukraine topped qualifying Group B ahead of Portugal, going unbeaten across their eight games and conceding just four goals.
Ukraine haven’t conceded more than one goal in a single game across their last six matches.
Ruslan Malinovskyi scored eight Serie A goals for Atalanta last season, with three coming from outside the box.
Memphis Depay has scored five goals in his last three internationals.
Netherlands vs Ukraine: Corner Stats
The Dutch have averaged a whopping 10 corners per game across their last six internationals and with Wout Weghorst in the squad, this could be a profitable method of attack.
Netherlands vs Ukraine: Cards Stats
Vitaliy Mykolenko was the last Ukrainian to receive a red card, being sent off for a last-man foul against Finland in World Cup qualifying back in March. By contrast, the Netherlands are yet to see red under De Boer and picked up just one yellow card across their two pre-tournament friendlies.
Netherlands vs Ukraine: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Netherlands 1-1 Ukraine
Netherlands vs Ukraine: Odds
Netherlands vs Ukraine: Head to Head
24 May 2008 – Netherlands 3-0 Ukraine – International friendly
11 August 2010 – Ukraine 1-1 Netherlands – International friendly
As mentioned, this is the first competitive meeting between these two nations, the third overall and the first since August 2010. Ukraine are yet to beat the Netherlands, losing once and drawing once.