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Ukraine host Cyprus on Monday evening in their final pre-tournament friendly before they take on Netherlands in their first Group C match on June 13th. The home side aren’t exactly in brilliant form and while they’re unbeaten over all five of their most recent five matches, they only won one of them (drawing the other four). On Ukrainian soil their form is quite impressive though, where they’ve won 10 of their last 15.
Cyprus’ form is pretty bad, they’ve only managed to win a total of two of their 15 most previous fixtures. Looking at just their away fixtures, they’ve also only managed to win two of their last 15. Worst of all, over their last six on their travels, they only managed to score a solitary goal. Cyprus haven’t a snowball’s proverbial here, they’re not even likely to score.
Iran come into this Group C match three points behind leaders Bahrain. Should they win they might be able to grab top spot, but they’ll also need Iraq not to have won their match earlier in the day though.
But, they can top the group thanks to having the best goals scored record, with 20 goals over five games. Four of their last five games have seen Over 2.5 Goals landing, and they’ve won four out of their last five matches. They’ve also won four of their last five at home, with Overs landed in all five.
Bahrain cannot be dismissed here, they’ve had three victories and three draws over their six matches, scoring 11 and conceding just one. We should see a few goals here, as both teams are in great form and will be eager to claim top spot in the Group here.
Germany’s form going into the Euros isn’t the best. They hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons back in March, losing 1-2 at home to North Macedonia and in their pre-tournament friendly against Denmark last Wednesday they could only manage a 1-1 draw.
Latvia have very little to play for here, but it must be said that they’ve scored an impressive 12 goals over their last five matches and Germany’s Manuel Neuer, as we’ve seen from his record at Bayern Munich this season, rarely keeps a clean sheet these days.
There have been plenty of goals on German soil over the last couple of years though. Eight of their last 13 home matches have seen Over 3.5 goals and 10 have seen Over 2.5 goals. Three of Latvia’s five most recent have had Over 3.5 goals come up as well. It’s hard not to see goals here with those stats..
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