By Joe Proctor (Ukraine) & Dean Laughton (Northern Ireland)

Ukraine (Joe Proctor)

How I will watch it

I’ll watching in this in a fan park in Cardiff as it is just an hour after the massive England vs Wales clash. Therefore, my enthusiasm for Ukraine’s chances will hinge largely on how England get on. I’ll either be hastily putting my jumper over my England shirt and telling everyone I don’t care about international football or I’ll be happily cheering on my sweepstake side.

Hopefully the latter is true and a Ukraine victory caps off a perfect day.

Last match recap

Yarmolenko and Konoplyanka are the two most dangerous players for Ukraine

Yarmolenko and Konoplyanka are the two most dangerous players for Ukraine

I was pleasantly surprised with Ukraine last time out; they may have lost but they put in a solid performance against world champions Germany and they would have grabbed an unexpected point if it wasn’t for Jerome Boateng’s spectacular goal-line clearance.

As many predicted Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka got plenty of joy against Germany’s inexperienced full-backs and you’d back the tricky duo against Millwall’s Shane Ferguson and Fleetwood Town’s Conor McLaughlin.

Prediction: Ukraine 2 – 0 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland hardly impressed last time out while Ukraine seemed to have a bit of quality despite losing. I’m going Ukraine 2-0 Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland (Dean Laughton)

Last match recap

Kyle Lafferty was prolific in qualifying

Kyle Lafferty was prolific in qualifying

Despite only losing 1-0 to Poland, as I watched my adopted nation of Northern Ireland get completely outplayed I have to admit that my intense optimism prior to kick off quickly fell away. Northern Ireland seemed to be in awe of the slick Poland and even maverick Kyle Lafferty couldn’t inspire his teammates. The game ended up looking like a mismatched 3rd round FA Cup tie, however I did realise that the more bottles of Corona I drank (and I needed a lot to get through this game) the more I believed Northern Ireland might nick something – and it almost happened at the end if Steven Davis had slightly longer legs! Therefore, I will bring this optimism with me into the next match.

How I will watch it

The game is at 5pm so after England brush aside the irritatingly plucky Welsh I will catch the first half in my office. The second half will be followed on the train home via Livescore until I reach my house to watch it on TV – should I be able to convince my Mum that this match is much more important than Emmerdale.

Prediction: Ukraine 1 – 2 Northern Ireland

With Germany the being final game I am sure that manager Michael O’Neill will tell his players to have a go against Ukraine. With both sides losing their openers I’m sure this will be an attacking game with goals for both sides. Ukraine’s most dangerous players are two of Europe’s finest young stars, Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko, so Northern Ireland’s full backs are going to be crucial. Conor McLaughlin of Fleetwood Town and 36 year-old Gareth McAuley – bring your A games.

I can’t see this Northern Irish team rolling over again, so I’m going to stay optimistic and say that this will be an afternoon to remember for the people of Northern Ireland.