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Oleksandr Zinchenko can play a key role in Ukraine’s World Cup qualification

Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA

Free soccer tips, best bets and analysis for Wales v Ukraine in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.

where to watch

Sky Sports and ITV main event, Sunday at 5 p.m.

Best bet

Ukraine draw without betting
1pt Evs bet fred

Team News

Nathan Broadhead retired with a muscle injury. Kieffer Moore is fit after recovering from a foot injury, while Brennan Johnson and Sorba Thomas are both available.

No new injuries were reported after the 3-1 win over Scotland.

Match Preview

Ukraine answered a lot of questions with their stunning 3-1 victory in Scotland on Wednesday and they can seal an emotional World Cup qualification by beating Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The challenges posed to the Ukrainian players were enormous and there was uncertainty over their preparation for the defining week of their qualifying campaign.

The midweek encounter between Ukraine and Scotland was their first international match since November last year and their starting line-up included six national players, who had been unable to play competitive football from the start of 2022.

However, they quickly settled into their stride at Hampden Park and played with a level of intensity and quality that their hosts could not match.

Emotions were running high after the match, but head coach Oleksandr Petrakov had time to refocus his players on the equally difficult task of facing Wales.

The home advantage has gone down well with the Welsh, who are unbeaten in their last 12 competitive games at the Cardiff City Stadium.

That impressive run includes last November’s impressive 1-1 draw against Belgium and the nervous 2-1 success in the playoff semi-final against Austria, who were beaten by a goal in each half of Gareth Bale.

Wales have relied heavily on Bale’s brilliance for much of the past decade but have had to be aware of the player’s growing injury susceptibility.

Rob Page’s side reached the knockout stages of Euro 2020 without any contribution from Bale, and they found other sources of goals in their World Cup qualifying group with Aaron Ramsey scoring three times and Dan James and Kieffer Moore scoring two each.

However, Bale remains the team’s undisputed superstar and his form, which remains in the air after several weeks of warming up on the bench in La Liga, could be a deciding factor.

If there is a lack of magic from Bale, it will be up to the Welsh backline to do a better job than Scotland of containing the attacking threat from Ukraine.

But Wales’ last seven internationals have presented just one clean sheet – a 1-0 away win against Estonia – and there are question marks over the state of preparation of the key centre-back Joe Rodon, who failed to make a single Premier League start for Tottenham in the 2021-22 campaign.

Rodon carries a weight of responsibility and if he is below par there is a good chance the Welsh defensive line will be exposed by the front three Ukrainians of Andrei Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk and Viktor Tsygankov, who looked so fluid and dangerous against the Scots.

Ukraine played with the perfect mix of high motivation and calm confidence in Glasgow, and a similar level of performance should be enough to send them to Qatar.

Key stat

Ukraine are unbeaten in nine World Cup qualifying matches

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Penalty taker Gareth Bale
Free kick assistant Gareth Bale
Aerial threat on set piece Joe Rodon
card magnet Ethan Ampadu


Penalty taker Andrei Yarmolenko/Ruslan Malinovskyi
Free kick assistant Ruslan Malinovskyi
Aerial threat on set piece Roman Yaremchuk
card magnet Oleksandr Zinchenko

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