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Ukraine vs Canada Preview

October 8 2010 By William Mbaho
Canada will gain experience against Ukraine...
The home side have the better record going into the match, and are currently ranked 26th while Canada are listed 88th. The visitors will be look to contain Ukraine’s strikers by relying heavily on experienced defenders, and may debut younger players in attack.

Canadian coach Stephen Hart has a chance to see what his side are capable of against strong European competition. The North American side are missing several star players currently playing in MLS. Canada will still have plenty of experienced players on the field, led by captain Paul Stalteri.

Ukraine are favourites to win this match, and have the added advantage of having the vast majority of their players compete in the country’s domestic league. The team is also unbeaten in three matches, and has excellent attacking leadership in striker Andriy Shevchenko.

Canada may field new players in attack with Marcus Haber and Julian Uccello. The team is coming off their first win in five games against Honduras last month. The absence of star players will definitely hurt Canada, but the opportunity to play a team with such stature away will provide important experience for the side.

Ukraine missed out on the last World Cup, and need to solidify their team confidence before they compete for an international tournament. A win is required to keep their momentum going.

Ukraine vs Canada

Date/Time: Oct 8, 201014:00
Competition: Friendly

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