On Monday, there is a very interesting betting offer, and this day brings us new matches in the qualifiers for the European Championship, which will be held next year in Germany. The most interesting duel, without a doubt, takes place in Leverkusen, where the Ukrainian team will host Italy. This match will also provide the answer to which of these two teams will qualify for the European Championship, as currently both teams have the same number of points. The match between Ukraine and Italy is scheduled to start at 20:45, which is also when all the other matches of the last round of the qualifiers will begin.
Ukraine: Very strong performances at home!
Overall, Ukraine has been playing quite well in these qualifiers, and the mere fact that this team will decide its fate in the last round says a lot, given that the group was extremely tough. It included teams like England and Italy, the two absolute favorites, and we must not forget North Macedonia, which has been achieving its best results since its inception.
It should be reminded that Ukraine was not seen at the World Cup held last year in Qatar, even though this team finished second in their qualification group without a defeat. In the first playoff duel, they defeated Scotland, but in the grand final, they failed to eliminate Wales, who, led by Bale, secured a World Cup spot.
After all this, Ukraine turned its focus to the qualifiers for the European Championship to be held next year in Germany. However, the ambitions were not high at the start, partly because Ukraine plays its home matches on neutral ground due to the well-known situation, and partly because England and Italy are far more quality teams.
With one round to go, the team led by the legendary Sergei Rebrov is tied for second place in the table with the same number of points as Italy. However, the Azzurri have a better head-to-head record, so if the two teams play a draw tonight, Italy will qualify for the EURO due to a better head-to-head score.
So far, Ukraine has played seven matches in the qualifiers, achieving four victories, one draw, and two losses. In the last round, Rebrov’s charges celebrated an away victory against Malta, ending the match with a 1:2 score. Before that, this team also defeated North Macedonia at home, overtaking Italy, which later, after a triumph over the same team, reached the same number of points as their main rival in the fight for the European Championship.
Although they play their home matches on neutral ground, the Ukrainians have so far achieved two victories and a draw against England as hosts, which is certainly a great result, considering that England has been playing at a very high level in recent years.
Finally, an interesting fact: Ukraine has never triumphed against Italy, as these two teams have played nine duels so far. Italy has won seven times, and there have been two draws, so it seems there is no better time for Ukraine’s first victory in these encounters, especially since it would automatically mean qualification for the European Championship.
Italy: A Draw Suits the Azzurri!
For a team like Italy, it’s certainly too much to miss the World Cup twice in a row, not to mention that the Azzurri, with one round left in the qualifiers for the European Championship to be held next year in Germany, have still not secured their place in the final tournament.
First of all, it’s known that Italy, against all odds, won the European Championship in 2021, a year later than originally planned, due to the well-known coronavirus situation. In the final, the Italians, led by Roberto Mancini, triumphed over England, which had the strong support of its fans as the final match was played at Wembley.
However, in the World Cup qualifiers, the Azzurri did not fare well, as they were eliminated by North Macedonia in the playoff semifinals, which was certainly a sensation. Despite this, Mancini retained the confidence of the Federation, but interestingly, in the middle of the EURO qualifiers, he decided to leave the Italian bench and move to Saudi Arabia, where he received an astronomical contract, becoming the highest-paid coach of the day.
He was replaced by Luciano Spalletti, following his title with Napoli, giving the impression that Italy is in safe hands. Unfortunately, in the first round of the qualifiers, this team was defeated at home by England, with a score of 1:2, but then the Italians easily won away at Malta (0:2).
In the third round, North Macedonia once again proved fatal for the Azzurri, as that match ended 1:1, after which the reigning European champions secured two victories, first against Ukraine at their stadium with a score of 2:1, and then against Malta (4:0).
This was followed by a match against England where Harry Kane and company once again defeated the Italians, this time with a score of 3:1. In the last round, Spalletti’s charges achieved their most important victory in the qualifiers so far, defeating North Macedonia 5:2 at the Olimpico.
The calculation is clear. The Italians will need only a point from their visit to Ukraine to qualify for the European Championship, and as we have already mentioned that the Azzurri have never been defeated by this team, it seems likely that Italy will have the opportunity to defend their European Championship title.
Finally, in away games, Luciano Spalletti’s team has so far played three matches, achieving one victory, one draw, and one defeat.
Our Betting Suggestions
As we have already mentioned, a draw is enough for the Italians, and it seems that there is no team in the world that knows how to play for a draw as well as Italy, which will surely do everything to close off all approaches to their goal. Therefore, we recommend that you play the combination of bets X2&un 2.5 goals, for which Mozzartbet has set a coefficient of 2.15.