Ukraine vs Italy preview
In the final match of the 10th round of the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying tournament, one of the crucial encounters in Group C will take place — Ukraine will face Italy. The game is scheduled for Monday, November 20, and will be held on neutral ground at BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany.
Most likely, the fate of the second spot for the European Championship from Group C will be decided in this match. England has already secured the first spot by defeating Italy (3-1). It's also worth noting that the outcome of the Italy vs North Macedonia game on Friday will significantly influence the dynamics of this match. If Italy drops points, a draw on Monday will be sufficient for Ukraine to advance from the group.
At the time of publishing this article, bookmakers have not yet presented the Ukraine vs Italy odds, but we can assume that Italy will be considered favourites with a slight advantage.
Let's assess the form and motivation of both teams before the upcoming match to choose the most reliable Ukraine vs Italy tips.
It's all in Ukraine's hands: regardless of the outcome of the Italy vs North Macedonia match, Serhiy Rebrov’s squad will need to defeat Italy, and preferably by a significant margin. The first match between these teams ended with a 2-1 victory for Squadra Azzurra, and it's quite likely that the goal difference in head-to-head encounters might come into play.
Ukraine has performed admirably in this qualifying tournament, suffering only two defeats (against England 0-2 and Italy 1-2). Notably, in their nominal home matches, the team collected 7 points out of 9 possible. Even the English couldn't defeat the Ukrainians on neutral ground (1-1).
The current European champions are on the verge of not qualifying for the main continental tournament, but they still maintain good chances of travelling to Germany with the aim of defending their title. If the upcoming match against North Macedonia goes without unpleasant surprises, a draw in the match against Ukraine would suit Luciano Spalletti's team.
In three away matches in the current qualifying tournament, the Italians have collected only 4 points out of a possible 9, losing to England (1-3) and drawing with North Macedonia (1-1).
Betting tips Ukraine vs Italy
If we look at the history of their head-to-head meetings, Ukrainians have never defeated the Italians (2 draws, 7 losses, goal difference 4-17). Even in the first match of the current qualifying tournament, Italy, in general, controlled the game despite a very narrow score (2-1).
We believe that Italy will ultimately secure a spot in UEFA Euro 2024. Luciano Spalletti will manage to motivate his players, and they will achieve the necessary result in Leverkusen. Therefore, as a Ukraine vs Italy prediction, we recommend leaning towards an away win. If the odds allow, and at the time of the line publication, its value is not below 1.60, you may also consider betting on Italy with a zero handicap. Our tip for this game is Italy to win.