Netherlands and Ukraine will kick off their 2020 UEFA European Championship, or Euro 2020 campaign in Group C on Sunday, June 13th at 20:00.
Both sides will have a point to prove as they look to get a headstart on one another.
The Dutch will be without Virgil Van Dijk for the whole of Euro 2020 as he is still recovering from his cruciate injury.
Instead, Mathijs De Ligt will be partnered by Inter Milan’s Stefan De Vrij.
A three-man defence was used in the warm-up games and that also included Ajax youngster Jurrien Timber.
Furthermore, Owen Wijndal will be a tricky customer on the left-hand side while Gini Wijnaldum will play as a 10.
The latter has scored four times in his last seven games for his national side, per Transfermarkt.
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Therefore, he will want to make the most of it.
Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine has impressed in the build-up to Euro 2020.
The Eastern European nation has impressed against Spain and France, among others.
In comparison, the Netherlands will not be as tough of an ask for the yellow and blue.
36-year-old captain Andriy Pyatov will wear his heart on his sleeve in goal.
A dogged defence will provide support for him and Oleksandr Zinchenko will play higher up the pitch.
The trio of Ruslan Malinovskyi, Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko will be tough assignments for the Netherlands back three.
Netherlands (3-5-2): Tim Krul; Stefan De Vrij, Jurrien Timbers, Mathijs De Ligt; Denzel Dumfries, Frenkie De Jong, Gini Wijnaldum, Marten De Roon, Owen Wijndal; Memphis Depay, Wout Weghorst.
Ukraine: (4-1-4-1): Andriy Pyatov; Oleksandr Karavaev, Ilya Zabarnyi, Mykola Matvienko, Vitaliy Mykolenko; Taras Stepanenko; Andriy Yarmlenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Oleksandr Zubkov; Roman Yaremchuk.
Netherlands 1-1 Ukraine