Scotland and Ukraine will get their belated World Cup play-off semi-final underway on Wednesday night (7.45pm kick-off, UK time).
The Road to Qatar is still very much alive for some nations, and in Path A of Europe’s Qualifiers, only one of Scotland, Ukraine or Wales can make November’s quadrennial showpiece. Wales took down Austria in March for their play-off semi-final, so they await the victor of this fixture at Hampden Park later this week, to contest in a winner-takes-all match for a seat at the World Cup table.
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Where to watch Scotland vs Ukraine on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Football & Sky Sports Main Event
- US: ESPN2
Scotland team news
Steve Clarke has rolled the dice to call up a number of uncapped players, including Sunderland’s Ross Stewart and Luton’s Allan Campbell, with the latter included after Ryan Jack sustained a calf injury. The 30-year-old, who scored in Rangers’ Scottish Cup win over Hearts earlier this month, will be a huge absence for Clarke, who already has to contend with the unavailability Kieran Tierney, with the Arsenal left-back still nursing a knee injury. Nathan Patterson, though, is in line to feature. The Everton full-back has not appeared since the end of March after going under the knife to treat an ankle issue.
Ukraine team news
Oleksandr Petrakov has included the usual suspects in his squad, including Andriy Yarmolenko, Andriy Pyatov and Oleksandr Zinchenko, while he too has called up a few uncapped hopefuls, not least Oleksandr Pikhalyonok and Mykhaylo Mudryk. Roman Yaremchuk is also set to feature after he endured a real hit-or-miss maiden campaign for Benfica in 2021/22, while Vitaliy Mykolenko will be in confident mood after helping guide Everton to Premier League safety. Andriy Lunin will also know what being part of a winning dressing room feels like after recently turning out on the bench as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.