Ukraine will look to bounce back after their 2-0 defeat against Germany in their first game of Group C of Euro 2016. Northern Ireland also will want to get back to winning ways after their 1-0 defeat against Poland.
It is highly unlikely that both these two teams will give Germany and Poland a run for their money but both sides will look for nothing but three points from this match to maintain pressure on the contenders from this group.
While Northern Ireland will face Germany in their last group game, Ukraine are scheduled to take on Poland in their last match of Group C as well. So either sides, if they will want to go further ahead in Euro 2016, they simply cannot afford to drop points.
Northern Ireland and West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans knows the importance of this match. The former Manchester United star has urged his teammates to be at their best against Ukraine.
"Michael has hinted that we might try different things against different teams, especially Ukraine who are very good from the wide areas. [Andriy] Yarmolenko is probably their most dangerous player. He plays off the right side and that's something Michael has talked about, so we'll analyse the Poland game and see if we can take any positives from aspects of our game," Evans was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
"I thought we showed good endeavour and we worked our socks off, which we're always going to do, but maybe we need to play a bit better. It would have been nice to take something from the game but we know we can't lose, especially with going to Paris against Germany in the last game who are going to dominate better than anyone. It might be a make-or-break for us against Ukraine."
Ukraine are likely to persist with the same team and they do not have injury concerns. However, Ukraine manager Mykhallo Fomenko may just consider to bring in the veteran midfielder Ruslan Rotan in the playing XI. His experience will be crucial against Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland, on the other hand, are expected to make some changes to their side. Kyle Lafferty was the only forward they had in their last game. Now against Ukraine, Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill may just bring in some more firepower in the form of Conor Washington or Jamie Ward to support Lafferty in the attacking line. Stuart Dallas may also get a game.
Ukraine: Pyatov; Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Kovalenko; Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka; Zozulya.
Northern Ireland: McGovern, McLaughlin, Cathcart, Evans, McAuley; Ferguson, Dallas, Davis, Norwood; Lafferty, Washington.