Ukraine v Wales (Mon)

Wales manager Chris Coleman

Wales’ friendly in Ukraine will be Chris Coleman’s

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Monday’s friendly against Ukraine is Wales’ penultimate friendly before Euro 2016 – but will be the last chance for their players to impress Chris Coleman.

Wales visit Sweden for their final friendly on 5 June, by which time the manager will have decided on his 23-man party the tournament in France.

Coleman is expected to make changes from Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland.

Defenders Ben Davies and Neil Taylor are back from injury.

But Wales will still be without several important first-team players such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey in Kiev.

A stern test

Coleman said the draw with Northern Ireland helped build Welsh strength in depth ahead of Euro 2016, with young Southampton forward Lloyd Isgrove – on loan at Barnsley – and Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward making their debuts at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The former Crystal Palace defender is hoping the match will be a stern test for his team.


Jonny Williams (right) could be in line for a Wales start against Ukraine

“People say it is a tough place to go, it is cold, it is harsh and unfriendly. If it is that, fine,” he said.

“Ukraine are talented and aggressive, but we have to look at ourselves and stand up to that.

“That is always the message to the players and whether we can meet it.”

Change of system?

Having played with a four-man defence against Northern Ireland, Wales could revert to the 5-3-2 formation they used for much of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Swansea left-back Taylor is in contention for a recall after a dead leg, while Tottenham defender Davies is available having recovered from a head injury.

Changes are expected in midfield, with Liverpool’s Joe Allen in line to start having only been used as a substitute against Northern Ireland.

Crystal Palace playmaker Jonny Williams, currently on loan at MK Dons, could also feature having returned to full fitness.

The attacking positions could remain the same, with Burnley’s in-form striker Sam Vokes expected to keep his place.


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Highlights: Wales 1-1 N Ireland



  • There have been only two matches between the countries, both ending in 1-1 draws during World Cup qualifying in 2001
  • Andriy Shevchenko was on target for Ukraine in the first meeting, equalising John Hartson’s early strike.
  • Neither team qualified for the finals that year, with Ukraine losing to Germany in a play-off.


  • Wales have lost only twice in their last 12 matches – away to Bosnia-Hercegovina and at home to Netherlands (W6 D4).
  • Chris Gunter, the most capped player in Chris Coleman’s squad, will win his 64th cap if selected in Kiev.
  • Wales have not won a friendly away from home since beating Denmark in November 2008.


  • Ukraine have lost only two of their last 15 matches, with both defeats coming against reigning European champions Spain.
  • Ukraine are unbeaten in six previous home games against home nations sides (W3 D3).
  • Ukraine beat Cyprus 1-0 in a friendly on the same day Wales drew with Northern Ireland


Ukraine 1-1 Wales (6 June, 2001)

Mark Pembridge equalised for Wales after Gennadiy Zubov had put Ukraine ahead in the first half.

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