Germany will be looking to get their first win of their Uefa Nations League campaign when they travel to face Ukraine on Saturday at 7:45pm.
Ukraine XI: Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko, Sobol; Malinovskyi, Sydorchuk; Kovalenko, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk; Tsygankov.
Germany XI: Neuer; Ginter, Sule, Rudiger; Klostermann, Kimmich, Kroos, Halstenberg; Goretzka; Gnabry, Draxler.
Where to watch Ukraine vs Germany on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Red Button
- US: TUDNxtra & ESPN+
Where to live stream Ukraine vs Germany:
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Ukraine vs Germany build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
The 2014 World Cup winners failed to win a single game in the first edition of the newly-formed tournament, finishing bottom of their group, and were only saved from relegation thanks to a rejig. But they have started the 2020/21 version winless too, drawing both of their opening games. The first was a 1-1 draw against Spain in which they conceded an injury-time equaliser and they followed that up with another lost lead against Switzerland.
As a result, Germany are third in the table, one point behind their hosts on Saturday. Ukraine opened the group with a 2-1 win over Switzerland but were brought back down to earth with a crash in their next game, losing 4-0 away to Spain. They were also hammered 7-1 by France in their recent friendly in midweek, while Germany drew 3-3 at home to Turkey.
If either side are to have any hope of catching early leaders Spain, Saturday’s game is a must-win.
- Ukraine (vs France): Bushchan; Konoplya, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko, Mykhaylichenko; Kharatin; Malinovskiy, Shaparenko, Makarenko, Zubkov; Yarmolenko.
- Germany (vs Turkey): Leno; Can, Koch, Rudiger; Henrichs*, Neuhaus, Brandt, Schulz*; Havertz, Draxler; Waldschmidt.
Ukraine have been hit heavily by injuries and illness, but will look to name as strong an XI as possible to recover from their France defeat.
Germany should be able to call upon Timo Werner, who missed the draw with Turkey due to illness, and the Chelsea striker could be one of a number of changes made by Joachim Low. Nico Schulz and Benjamin Henrichs have both dropped out of the squad following Wednesday’s game, while Leroy Sane has a knee injury.
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Players to watch:
Ukraine: Andriy Yarmolenko. is by far the biggest star of the current Ukraine crop and has been expected to lead the line for some years while they wait for the younger players to gain enough experience. They problem with this is that, among the current squad, there is a big gap between Yarmolenko and the rest of his teammates when it comes to goal contributions. In fact, Yarmolenko’s 38 goals are more than the rest of the squad have managed combined. His closest rivals are midfielders Ruslan Malinovski and Roman Bezus who both have five goals, while Viktor Tsygankov scored his fourth in the defeat against France. If Ukraine are to have any hopes of breaching the German net, they will need Yarmolenko to be firing.
Germany: Kai Havertz. While Ukraine are currently struggling for inspiration, Germany have it in abundance, and Havertz certainly enjoyed the game against Turkey in midweek. Depending on who you ask, Havertz has had either a decent start to life at Chelsea or a tricky one. He has been used in various positions by Frank Lampard but appeared to be finding his feet in his natural attacking midfield role before the international break. He once again played there against Turkey and pulled the strings, recording two assists. Although it was a slightly rotated Germany side, there is every chance of Havertz starting again against Ukraine. And if he does, don’t be surprised to see the 21-year-old in amongst the action once more.