Ukraine – Saudi Arabia FREE PICKS
Saudi Arabia and Ukraine meet at the Municipal Stadium of Marbella, in a friendly match. This will be the 3rd of the year for Saudi Arabia, after the previous ones played against Iraq and Moldova. In the case of the Ukraine, this is their 1st friendly of the year. There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 06-19-2006, in a match that ended with the final score: Saudi Arabia (0-4) Ukraine. Attention to the home factor, since Saudi Arabia usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
This is the 3rd friendly match of the year for the home team, after previous friendlies in which they registered the following results: Iraq (4-1) Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia (3-0) Moldova. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. Saudi Arabia has won 7, tied 2 and lost 1 of the last 10 home matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 games in which they suffered the first goal.
Saudi Arabia comes to this match with a snub to the Iraq team, 4-1, adding the snub in the last three games played in several competitions. In this friendly coach Juan Antonio Pizzi must act in 4-2-3-1, but with a fairly defensive strategy, since the opponent has great individual values. Fahad Al-Muwallad is the player with more capacity to shake the game of the Saudi class, owning great speed and technical quality. Everything indicates that the coach has his best players for this duel.
The visiting team plays its first friendly match of the year, after having played 2 in the last year, with the following markers: Ukraine (2-1) Slovakia and Ukraine (0-1) Malta. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 23 goals scored and 15 conceded; against 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 10 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Slovakia by (2-1). In the last 8 away matches for all competitions, Ukraine won 4, tied 1 and lost 3. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 8 matches have ended with Over 1 5 goals In 15 games, they only had 1 comeback in the 8 games in which they suffered the first goal.
The Ukrainian team comes to this match with a victory over Slovakia, 2-1, thus adding the fourth win in the last six games played in several competitions. In this game it will be expected that coach Andriy Shevchenko will risk again in 4-2-3-1, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks. It is important to emphasize that the Ukrainian team has great offensive quality and a very strong defensive sector in the air game. Konoplyanka is one of the great highlights of Ukraine, being a player of great technical quality and owner of great vision of the game. For this game the coach does not have Yarmolenk, due to an injury.
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