Scotland and Ukraine go head-to-head at Hampden Park on Wednesday night in a FIFA World Cup European Qualifying playoff semi-final , where the winner will play Wales in the final for a place at the World Cup
Scotland prepare for one of the biggest games in their recent history when they welcome Ukraine for a FIFA World Cup European Qualifying playoff semi-final on Wednesday, where they can move one step closer to their first World Cup finals appearance since 1998.
But standing in their way is Ukraine, who will fancy their chances of reaching the next stage next week just as much as their hosts, although their appearance at the 2006 World Cup is their one and only success to this date.
Both sides finished as runners-up in their qualifying groups back in November to reach this stage, and the winner will advance to the final against Wales for a place in England’s World Cup group.
When is Scotland vs Ukraine?
Scotland vs Ukraine will kick-off at 7:45pm on Wednesday, June 1 at Hampden Park.
These two nations have only ever met twice, with the last meeting coming back in October 2007 when Scotland defeated their visitors 3-1 in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying game in Group B.
Two goals from Kenny Miller and Lee McCulloch within the first 10 minutes of the tie put the hosts in control, but Andriy Shevchenko halved the deficit just before half time. However, James McFadden scored in the 68th minute to wrap up all three points for Scotland.
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How to watch
The game will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, while Sky customers can stream this via SkyGo and watch in-game clips on the Sky Sports website and app.
Coverage will begin at 7pm.
Scotland vs Ukraine odds from Betfred
Scotland – 5/4
Draw – 2/1
Ukraine – 9/4
*odds subject to change
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Steve Clarke knows the huge importance of this fixture for his country and will be determined to make home advantage count on Wednesday night as his side remain just two matches away from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year, although he has a couple of injury concerns to contend with.
Kieran Tierney remains out through injury, while Ryan Jack has also been forced to pull out. However, Nathan Patterson could feature after recovering from an ankle problem, while Andrew Robertson should be fit to play despite playing the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s Champions League final.
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Oleksandr Petrakov will know that this match will be a real test of his side’s mental strength after the trauma of this year’s events in their homeland following Russia ’s invasion of Ukraine, but they will certainly be up for the fight to make their country proud.
And a huge advantage for the Ukrainian’s is that they have no fresh injury concerns heading into this game. Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, West Ham United’s Andriy Yarmolenko and Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko are all expected to be on show here as they look to crush Scotland’s World Cup dreams.