This game only really means something to one team, Poland. Ukraine ruined their chances when they got turned over by Northern Ireland in their last game, they will still want to try and win in the slim hope that they scrape through as a best loser but the likelihood of that happening is not very high at all.
Poland managed to get a decent result against Germany in the last game and could've actually won it with a few decent chances. 4 points after 2 games is a good position to be in and will be hoping to get the group done and dusted by condemning Ukraine to a 3rd defeat in Group C. Poland have some cracking players and some of them haven't showed their obvious quality yet, I'm mainly talking about Robert Lewandowski, if he hits form soon then Poland could be a real force in this competition. Luckily players like Milik and Blaszczykowski have stepped up but they still haven't scored enough goals.
Ukraine have performed way below expectations so far and will be disappointed with how they played especially against Northern Ireland. They showed glimpses of quality against Germany in the first game and I felt they were slightly unlucky to lose 2-0 but against Northern Ireland they were pathetic. Maybe it has something to do with the whole Stepanenko/Yarmolenko argument before the tournament overshadowing the unity in the squad or maybe it just hasn't worked but if they're to beat Poland they will have to massively step up and in all honesty, I'm not sure they have it in them.
In terms of this game, Poland might not blow Ukraine away but I fancy them to do just enough to safely secure their place in the knockout phase and send Ukraine back home in disgrace.
Poland should win this, I don't think it will be a 3 or 4 niller but they should just about do enough to see off the threat of Ukraine. Ukraine are still dangerous if Konoplyanka and/or Yarmolenko are given enough space or they suddenly decide to turn up but Poland have grinded out 2 good results so far and I fancy that to continue here.
I can see this game ending 1-0 to Poland but because of how badly Ukraine have played in this tournament and how many they have conceded, I imagine the odds of under 1.5 goals will be a little bit higher than usual and you could make a nice bit of profit from it if Poland continue to stutter in front of goal.
Poland have only scored 1 goal in the competition so far but Ukraine have conceded 4! And 2 of them were from Northern Ireland so they definitely have a leaky defence. I think Poland are struggling slightly in front of goal but if Ukraine give them too much space then they will start to feel more confident and bang a couple of goals in. I think 2-0 Poland is a decent bet to stick on.
Ukraine have conceded early goals and late goals in both games, I can see this game going exactly the same way. If Poland can bag an early goal then it will be a long day for Ukraine again. I definitely think Poland will be in a winning position by half time and I don't see that winning position being surrendered by full time.
The Ajax striker has scored Poland's only goal of the competition so far and he has looked a lot more dangerous than star man Robert Lewandowski so far. He scores a lot of goals in the Eredivisie and he tends to go under the radar when he's playing for Poland, such is the popularity of Lewandowski.
I also backed Lewandowski to score the first goal in the last 2 games and he has been somewhat of a let-down so this time I'm going to Milik. He's more than capable of bagging the first goal against a pathetic Ukraine side and his odds will be slightly higher than Lewandowski too.
I'm sticking with my line of Poland winning the game 2-0 and that therefore means that they will keep a clean sheet. Ukraine haven't mustered a single goal so far and I can't see them bagging a goal here, especially as Poland will be very focused on winning the game and qualifying for the knockout phase. I think if this defence can keep Germany out then they shouldn't have too much trouble doing the same to the Ukrainians. They should keep a clean sheet here.