England and Ukraine should deliver one of the most interesting battles of the second round of the EURO 2024 qualifiers. The Three Lions have defeated Italy on the road in the opener and fly high before this clash. As for Ukraine, they are hungry for some success and ready to redeem themselves for missing last year’s World Cup. The game takes place at the legendary Wembley, the home of English football and one of the most famous stadiums in the world.
England (-400) handled Italy easily on Thursday night. Albion had a 0-2 lead at halftime, and the only thing the hosts did was to cut down the deficit in the second half, but they still lost the event. Italy pushed hard to break England’s defense, yet nothing happened.
Harry Kane converted a penalty in the 44th minute, scoring his 54th goal in the national kit, and becoming the all-time leader in this list, surpassing Wayne Rooney. Upon scoring, many remembered Kane’s penalty miss at the World Cup in the quarterfinals against France, which cost them the advance to the semis.
As usual, this team plays tough football, with lots of physicality and a defensive-minded game plan. Fast counter-attacks and set pieces are the biggest weapons, along with a rock-solid defense.
Ukraine (+1200) missed the World Cup due to a loss in the playoffs against Wales, 1-0. That was heartbreak for Zinchenko and the crew, who conceded an own goal in Cardiff, which eventually made the difference. Previously, Ukraine was better than Scotland on the road, proving their high quality.
Afterward, the Ukrainian unit posted a solid record in the UEFA Nations League, winning three events, posting two ties and one loss. Unfortunately, they couldn’t beat Scotland in the last game of the league, 0-0, which placed them in second place behind the Tartan army.
Ukraine transitions well, and that’s the biggest weapon of this unit. Andriy Shevchenko set this team’s foundations and tactics, with the interim head coach, Ruslan Rotan, is just following the guidelines.
Luke Shaw was sent off against Italy, and United’s back won’t be in the protocol for this matchup.
Ukraine has all of its players at its disposal. The team played a friendly international against Brentford, keeping their form at the desired level.
Head to Head Games
At the 2021 EURO, England met with Ukraine in the first stage of the knockouts. That game took place in Rome, and the Three Lions had the luck to open it in the best possible way. In the end, they trashed the rivals, 4-0. Ukraine has just one win over England since the start of this century.
The English unit will have the crowd behind them, and they will try to capitalize on that in the best possible way. Now, Ukraine has a solid team, but believe us when we say that their chances of staying unbeaten in London are close to zero. England is always very confident at home, and it should be the same this time as well.
Pick: England wins -300
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