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Euro 2012 Group D: Ukraine vs. France Tips, Predictions, & Picks

Euro 2012 Ukraine vs. France: Ukraine To Punish French, Move On To Round 2: The Ukraine Euro 2012 campaign officially has the ability to be called a smashing success on Friday afternoon at Donbass Arena if the hosts of the tourney can figure out how to take three points against France. Group D is one of the tighter groups right now in Euro 2012, and it is going to be interesting for sure to see how these teams come out of the blocks in their second match day of Euro 2012. Check out our Euro Cup picks and our Ukraine vs. France betting tips for this outstanding match!

The importance of this match cannot be understated. If there is a winner of this match, that team is going to be in remarkable shape as we move towards the knockout rounds of the tournament. Ukraine will be through with a win. France will be within one more point with a win. A draw for both sides isn’t the end of the world, but the French are setting themselves up for a potential disaster if they only get a point or don’t get anything out of this one. A point parlayed with a win for England over Sweden, and all of a sudden, the distinct possibility of a “wink, wink” draw between England and Ukraine in the final fixture becomes a real possibility. However, Ukraine can’t go lightly in this match, knowing that it is going to need to take at least one point from these two matches with France and England to get into the second round.

Ukraine vs. France Schedule and Match Information
Ukraine vs. France Match Date/Time: Friday, June 15th, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Ukraine vs. France Stadium: Donbass Arena
Ukraine vs. France on TV: ESPN2,, ESPN Deportes
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Ukraine vs. France Match Odds: France -0.5 (+100)
Ukraine vs. France Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over +115)

This is going to be quite the interesting outing, as there is a big time clash in styles. We know that Ukraine is going to try to keep the crowd in the duel by running up and down the pitch. What we already have seen from the hosts is that no lead is safe. Sweden looked like it was going to get all three points against Ukraine until Andriy Shevchenko came up big with consecutive goals in less than 10 minutes. The argument could be made right now that Shevchenko is the most important man in this tournament, and he is definitely the hero for the hosts. This is an offensive minded team that is going to be all over the pitch for sure, though there are some real questions at the back, especially after letting Zlatan Ibrahimovic run wild at times through the last line of defense.

And then there’s the question about the French offense. We did see Samir Nasir come up with a remarkable run and an even more remarkable finish against England, but aside from that, Les Bleus really didn’t have all that much to be proud of in the fixture from an offensive standpoint. They controlled the share of the possession, keeping the ball for 60 percent of the action, and they had 19 total shots, 15 of which went on net. There weren’t all that many phenomenal chances, though. Statistically, France was probably the best team in Group D four days ago, but that doesn’t mean all that much now that the squad only really has one point to show for its work.

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Ukraine vs. France Match Preview & Analysis: The French defense isn’t going to hold Ukraine to just 40 percent of the possession and just one shot on target as it did against England. The Three Lions were a mess that day and really didn’t have most of their powerful offensive players in the fold. The Ukrainians absolutely will. We expect this to be a tight match from the get go, and all the way through, and in the end, we wouldn’t be all that shocked if the host nation ended up stealing three points and a spot in the quarterfinals right at the death to baffle Les Bleus.

Ukraine vs. France Punting Tip: Ukraine +0.5 (-115) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Ukraine vs. France Score Prediction: Ukraine 2 –France 1

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