Ukraine - Serbia: history in our favor
Today the national football team of Ukraine will hold a friendly match with the national team of Serbia - the last game of this year, which will be held at Metalist stadium in Kharkov. With almost identical figures in the selection for the World Cup, bookmakers are the favorite to determine our team, and two meetings, which took place with Serbia in 2008 and 2009, brought our national team victory.
Both teams have the same results in their teams in the selection for the 2018 FIFA World Cup: having second place, having 8 points in assets and +4 in goal difference, but the last matches were played differently: after a draw with Turkey, Ukraine's national team is confident took points in matches with Kosovo and Finland. Serbia, having dealt with Moldova 3: 0, gained a difficult victory over Austria 3: 2 and lost points with Wales, dispersed peace 1: 1.
For the national team of Ukraine a friendly match can be a good opportunity to try new layouts and tactics, and for the head coach it is also an opportunity to look at young players. Serbia is a strong team, but it is not worth taking this game as a preparatory moment for a match against Croatia in the selection for the World Cup - Andriy Shevchenko said during a press conference. According to him, Croatia and Serbia are too different teams to match them together.
The final composition of the national team of Ukraine has not been decided yet, but cardinal changes and original decisions in the center of the field are more likely, but with regard to the players of the attack - it is possible to predict the appearance in the starting line-up of Artem Kravets, who has scored two goals in the last three matches, including the only winning ball at the goal of Finland.
We will remind that game Ukraine - Serbia will take place today. At the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, as of the beginning of the day, approximately 20,000 tickets were sold, with a total arena capacity of 40,000 seats. It should be noted that this is a really special event in the life of the city - after almost a three-year break, when it was decided not to hold matches here because of the proximity to the territories occupied by Russia, big football is returning to Kharkiv again. The starting whistle sounds at 9:00 pm.