However, there is a strong mix of talent and experience within the Dutch setup, and Group C is entirely winnable to set up a favourable knockout draw and build momentum.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Netherlands vs Ukraine is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
The match will be held at the Amsterdam ArenA (Johan Cruijff ArenA).
Where to watch Netherlands vs Ukraine
TV channel: The match will be televised on ITV for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the ITV Hub.
Netherlands vs Ukraine team news
Donny van de Beek will miss the tournament due to a groin injury, and Dutch coach De Boer will not be naming a replacement for the Manchester United midfielder.
Netherlands vs Ukraine lineups
Netherlands XI: Stekelenburg, Timber, De Vrij, Blind, Dumfries, De Roon, Wijnaldum, F de Jong, Van Aanholt, Weghorst, Depay
Ukraine XI: Bushchan, Karavayev, Zabarnyi, Matviyenko, Mykolenko, Malinovsky, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Zubkov
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen, Tim Krul, Maarten Stekelenburg
Defenders: Nathan Ake, Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Denzel Dumfries, Jurriem Timber, Patrick van Aanholt, Joel Veltman, Owen Wijndal
Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Marten de Roon, Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen, Teun Koopmeiners, Georginio Wijnaldum
Forwards: Steven Berghuis, Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo, Donyell Malen, Quincy Promes, Wout Weghorst
Goalkeepers: Georgiy Bushchan, Andriy Pyatov, Anatolii Trubin
Defenders: Eduard Sobol, Illia Zabarnyi, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Denys Popov, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Oleksandr Karavaev, Mykola Matviyenko
Midfielders: Serhiy Sydorchuk, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Mykola Shaparenko, Marlos, Yevhen Makarenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Viktor Tsygankov, Taras Stepanenko, Andriy Yarmolenko, Oleksandr Zubkov, Heorhii Sudakov, Roman Bezus
Forwards: Roman Yaremchuk, Artem Besedin, Artem Dovbyk
Netherlands v Ukraine prediction
While there may be doubts over De Boer’s 5-3-2 formation, the Dutch should have enough quality to get off the mark with a win.
Netherlands 2-0 Ukraine
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Netherlands wins: 1
Ukraine wins: 0
Betting odds and tips
Netherlands win: 8/13
Ukraine win: 19/4
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