England ended their Germany hoodoo at Wembley in the Round of 16 with a historic 2-0 victory. The Three Lions will play outside of their home for the first time at Euro 2020, as they face Andiry Shevchenko’s Ukraine in the quarter-finals at the Stadio Olimpico.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 3 July, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Ukraine vs. England: BBC
Last time: Ukraine and England haven’t faced each other since 2013, when the friendly game between them ended in a goalless draw.
Ukraine v England Predictions and Preview
England will be buzzing after their 2-0 triumph over arch-rivals Germany that saw the Three Lions beat Die Maanschaft in the knockouts of a major tournament for the first time since 1966.
However, after playing all of their games at Wembley so far, Gareth Southgate and his men will travel to Rome where they’ll face Andiry Shevchenko’s Ukraine next.
It remains to be seen if Southgate will stick with his back three or if he’ll switch to a four-man defense that would allow Jack Grealish to start. The Aston Villa star made the difference against Germany, as he appeared from the bench at 0-0 and was involved in Raheem Sterling’s opener.
Despite that, Southgate has been a bit more stubborn than media and fans would like, so England are expected to keep the same setup. Mason Mount’s self-isolation period ended, so the Chelsea forward will be pushing for a start, probably replacing Bukayo Saka.
Kieran Trippier and Declan Rice were struggling with injuries towards the end against Germany, so they’ll be evaluated. Rice might be rested here, as he is one yellow card away from missing a potential semi-final, while Kalvin Philips and Star of the Mach Harry Maguire are also in danger.
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Under 2.5 goals
England to win 2-0
Sterling to score first
Ukraine, meanwhile, were already preparing for penalties, but substitute Artem Dovbyk scored the latest of winners for a 2-1 victory in the dying seconds of extra time against Sweden.
Star forward Andiry Yarmolenko limped off earlier in the game, so Dovbyk might start in the quarter-final if the West Ham man fails to recover in time.
Another big name Ruslan Malinovskyi was benched against Tre Kronor and might need to settle for a role of an impact-sub for the England clash as well. Artem Besedin is surely to miss out after suffering a nasty leg injury after a horror tackle from Marcus Danielson that saw the Swedish player receiving a well deserved red card.
Shevchenko is expected to stack the middle of the park once again, as his 3-5-2 creates enough width, which is perfect for Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Manchester City full-back provided a goal and an assist against the Swedes, so he’ll be the key man for the Ukrainians once again.
The last four meetings between Ukraine and England have all seen Under 2.5 goals, so a repeat of that scenario is priced at 8/11. Gareth Soutghate’s side is yet to concede a goal this summer, so you can bet for both teams NOT to score at 6/10.
England have lost only one of their seven meetings (W4, D2) against Ukraine in all competitions, so it’s no surprise that the Three Lions are a 4/9 favorites to win in 90 minutes. England’s chances of qualifying by any method are priced at 1/6, while if you think that Ukraine will cause an upset and qualify you can back them up at 7/2.
A victory in regular time for Andriy Shevchenko’s men is rated at 7/1, while the draw is 10/3. Ukraine are 25/1 to win in extra time with England being 9/1 favorites for the same bet. Both teams’ chances to progress via penalties are priced at 14/1.
One to watch for Ukraine: Oleksandr Zinchenko has been instrumental for his country, featuring in a number of roles with equal efficiency. The Manchester City man scored the opener against Sweden and is priced at 20/1 to do the same against England.
One to watch for England: Raheem Sterling has scored three times this summer, bringing his overall international tally to 17 goals in 63 appearances. All of his three goals have broken the deadlock so far, so you can back him up to do the same against Ukraine at 11/2.
Long shot: Ukraine are yet to keep a clean sheet at Euro 2020, while England are yet to concede a goal. The 2-0 victory against Germany should give the Three Lions plenty of confidence so you can bet for a repeat of that result at 5/1 with William Hill.