Chris Coleman
Coleman is attempting to recreate the success Wales had under Gary Speed. Reuters

Wales travel to Ukraine for the second of their double header friendlies scheduled before the end of the domestic season. The Welshmen drew their last game 1-1 with Northern Ireland and manager Chris Coleman will be looking to end the international break with a win in order to give them some much needed confidence ahead of the Euros.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on BBC 2 Wales.


Ukraine have been drawn in an ostensibly tough group in the Euros alongside world champions Germany, Poland and Northern Ireland. They come into the game on the back of a win over Cyprus, Taras Stepanenko scoring the only goal. They have never managed to beat Wales in an international game, with their last two meetings ending in 1-1 draws.

Coleman will be without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey for the fixture, with both sitting out of the fixture with calf and thigh problems. The manager was vocal about his interest in taking Ramsey to France irrespective of his fitness as he is not suffering from a long-term problem and would be able to play in the summer if he does not have yet another setback in his recovery.

Wales are likely to make a lot of changes to the playing XI, with Jazz Rіchards, Shaun MacDonald and Emyr Huws, who did not come off the bench against Northern Ireland, likely to play a part in this game. Both Benn Davies and Neil Taylor are likely to be back in consideration for selection, giving the manager a host of options.

What Managers Say

Chris Coleman: "When you go to places like this you find out a lot about players. But we want it to be risky and we want it to be edgy. You learn nothing if you go into a game knowing if we are at 80% we will win 4-0. Those sorts of games are no use at all. You do not learn anything. It looks good on the CV as another win, but I get nothing from it in terms of the players or the team. If you go into a hostile environment against a good team you know you can end up with egg on your face if you do not turn up and perform. But I prefer it like this. We are in their backyard in a tough atmosphere, and we have to show we can cope."

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Ukraine Win: 1.6
  • Draw: 3.8
  • Wales Win: 7.5

Team News


Possible XI: Boyko; Kucher, Shevchuk, Fedetskiy, Putivtsev; Yarmolenko, Garmash, Stepanenko, Husyev; Zozulya, Rotan


Possible XI: Hennessey; Gunter, A Williams, Chester, Davies, Taylor; J Williams, Allen, Ledley, Huws; Lawrence