A place at the 2022 World Cup is just two matches away for Scotland and Ukraine as they face each other in a play-off semi-final tonight at Hampden Park.
The match was due to take place in March but was postponed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the sides meet tonight looking to book their place in the final against Wales in Cardiff on Sunday.
One of these three countries will be in Qatar at the end of the year, going into Group B alongside England, Iran and the USA.
Ukraine captain Oleksandr Zinchenko wants the team to provide “incredible emotions” for those back home. A group of 21 home-based Ukrainian players have been training in Slovenia since the start of May, before travelling for a number of fixtures against European club sides.
Song sheets are going to be handed out at Hampden tonight as Scotland fans are encouraged to join in with the Ukraine national anthem ahead of kick-off, on what promises to be an emotional occasion regardless of the result.
With so much on the line, it’s unlikely to be a gung-ho appraoch from either side in the early stages at Hampden Park.
Scotland have not lost a World Cup qualifier on home soil since 2013 so go into the play-off as slight favourites, against a side dealing with so much off the pitch.
There’s very little to separate the two sides and home advantage could well edge the encounter in Scotland’s favour.
Scotland to win, 2-1.
Ukraine team news
Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko should start in the centre of midfield for his country, with Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko at left-back and West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko in the forward line.
Aside from those playing around Europe, a squad of 21 home-based players have been training together in Slovenia since the start of the month before travelling to play in three friendlies.
Scotland team news
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is expected to continue his hectic season by starting for Scotland, just days after defeat in the Champions League final in Paris.
Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney misses out with injury while Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has been forced to withdraw from the squad. Nathan Patterson has lost his race to recover in time from ankle surgery.
Predicted Scotland XI: Gordon; Hendry, Hanley, Cooper; O’Donnell, McTominay, McGregor, Robertson; McGinn, Armstrong; Adams.
How to watch Scotland vs Ukraine
TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. Coverage begins at 7pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the action online via the Sky Go app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action right here with us!
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It’s a World Cup play-off semi-final tonight, with the winner going through to face Wales on Sunday in Cardiff.
We’ll have all the latest updates and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 7:45pm BST from Hampden Park.