Spain vs Ukraine Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Spain vs Ukraine | Friday 27 March, 2015 | Ramón Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium | 19.45
Spain have landed themselves in somewhat unfamiliar territory in their Euro 2016 qualifying group as for once they are not at the top. They head into Friday’s clash with Ukraine on equal points with the visitors with both sides only having lost to Slovakia.
La Roja’s defeat to Slovakia back in September was a real shock for the usually dominant team and adds pressure for Vicente Del Bosque’s men ahead of the clash on Friday.
Del Bosque is keen to bring fresh blood into the side since a disastrous performance in Brazil last summer, with rising stars Paco Alacer, Vicente Iborra and Mikel San Jose receiving senior call-ups.
The Spain manager is committed to giving a shot to Spanish players who perform consistently well in La Liga and is hoping his selections will pay off against Ukraine.
Star striker Diego Costa has been ruled out of playing against either Ukraine or Holland in Spain’s upcoming fixtures due to a hamstring injury.
The Chelsea player was substituted in the closing minutes of Sunday’s win at Hull and is currently receiving treatment during the international break.
Spain’s official website released a statement on the striker’s fitness, commenting, “Diego Costa left the premises of the Spanish Football Federation this morning after undergoing several tests with the medical services of the RFEF.
“[He] has suffered a level 1 hamstring tear on the biceps femoris of the left thigh, which was previously already noted by the medical services of his club.”
It continued, “Diego Costa will return to Chelsea FC where he will undergo the corresponding medical treatment.”
Meanwhile Ukraine were also defeated by surprise group leaders Slovakia in their first qualifying fixture, but they have since gone on to win three consecutive games without conceding a goal.
Mikhail Fomenko’s men look in good form and his only injury concern is Sergiy Sydorchuk who has been withdrawn due to injury.
Although Ukraine are certainly ready to put up a good fight, it seems likely that Del Bosque’s men have the upper handing in this meeting and will walk out victorious at the Ramón Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
Spain vs Ukraine Betting Tips
An in form Ukraine is likely to score but it will be Spain who come out on top. We’re backing a Spain victory with both teams to score, priced at 13/5 with Paddy Power.
We’re also tipping Cesc Fabregas to score first at 5/1 with Betway.