Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions travel for the first time in the competition to take on Ukraine in Rome this Saturday for their quarter-final fixture.
UKRAINE VS ENGLAND BETTING
Form: L – W – L – D(W)
Ukraine have made a habit of upsetting predictions. They are arguably the least likely team to have made it past the Round of 16 and into the quarter-final stage of the EURO 2020 (2021) competition.
After qualifying past the group stages by the skin of their teeth, Andriy Shevchenko and his Ukrainian team faced an unbeaten and confident Swedish side. Despite being considered the underdogs ahead of the clash, Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko gave his side a foothold in the tie, scoring for Ukraine in the 27th minute of the first half.
Sweden quickly fought back, as Emil Forsberg’s incredible performance was soon rewarded with a goal. Both teams looked happy to hand over the initiative in the second half, with each side waiting to capitalise on the mistakes of the other.
Although winning the ball with his challenge, Sweden’s Marcus Danielson was sent off in the 98th minute, as his tackle on Artem Besyedin was deemed reckless and dangerous. With a player up and two halves of extra time to push their advantage, Oleksandr Zinchenko once again took responsibility to whip in an inch-perfect cross and assist Artem Dovbyk with the defining goal of the game.
Come this Saturday, Ukraine once again line up as the underdogs against a team yet to lose or even concede a single goal in the competition. With the hopes of their nation resting heavily upon their shoulders, Andriy Shevchenko will be hoping his side have recovered enough to take the fight to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions and secure a monumental victory.
If you fancy both teams to come out of their shell, we’ve got over four goals on offer at 11/2 (6.50).
Form: W – W – W – W
England managed to secure a famous win at Wembley Stadium, where they pushed back the German tide and sank the hopes of an entire nation last Tuesday.
To say that it was a big game would be an understatement. Ever since the draw was announced, both countries helped generate an unbelievable amount of hype and nervousness around the fixture. While the football may not have played up to the expectations, the 2-0 result had English fans screaming at the top of their lungs – reaffirming their belief that football may be coming home.
Before the game, Gareth Southgate’s seemingly negative lineup was once again met with moans and groans as the English manager reverted to a back three with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips holding the midfield. Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish proved to be the spark England needed in a game that would be decided on fine margins. After being introduced in the 69th minute, the Englishman ripped Germany’s left flank to shreds, creating the first goal and assisting in the second.
With their biggest threat out of the way, England now move into calmer waters. For the first time in the competition, the Three Lions hunt outside their territory and face Andriy Shevchenko and Ukraine in Rome this Saturday.
Three goals and England’s main threat in front of goal, Raheem Sterling comes in at 8/5 (2.60) to grab his fourth of the tournament this Saturday, with captain Harry Kane at 9/11 (1.82) to net his second.
JASON MCATEER’S PREDICTION – UKRAINE VS ENGLAND
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UKRAINE VS ENGLAND: UEFA EURO 2020 (2021) BETTING ODDS
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