Ukraine v England betting tips: Excitement building as England head to Rome
Preview and odds for the quarter-final
Victory over Germany has fuelled talk that ‘it’s coming home’ as we analyse Ukraine v England betting tips for Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarter-final.
A 2-0 win against their old rivals means England look to have a relatively smooth path to the final and they are now the favourites in the Euro 2020 winner odds but they will not have the advantage of playing at Wembley this weekend.
Saturday’s match is live on BBC One and kicks off at 8pm at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Ukraine v England match odds
The round-of-16 tie against Germany looked the biggest hurdle for England to clear in their half of the draw, especially when the Netherlands were eliminated, and a famous Wembley win has left fans dreaming this could be the year when all the years of hurt end.
England won their group without looking overly impressive but stepped up a gear in the second half against Germany as goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane sparked wild celebrations at Wembley.
England’s chances can only have been helped by events at Hampden Park later on Tuesday evening when Ukraine’s match against Sweden went to extra-time before a last-gasp winner snatched a 2-1 victory.
The effort taken to win that game could count against Ukraine at the weekend and England’s options off the bench should see them take control as the game goes on, just as they did against Germany.
The England boss has warned against complacency in the aftermath of the victory over Germany and Ukraine are 18/5 to end England’s run or 8/1 to win in 90 minutes, while the match is 13/4 to go to extra-time.
Andriy Shevchenko’s side beat Spain in the Nations League in October and drew 1-1 with France in World Cup qualifying in March so should not be written off too quickly when selecting Ukraine v England betting tips.
Ukraine v England head-to-head
England faced Ukraine in the final round of group games at the European Championship in 2012 when Wayne Rooney’s goal was enough to earn a 1-0 win which ensured they went through as group winners.
Ukraine were unfortunate, though, and would have scored if goal-line technology had been in use when Marko Devic’s shot crossed the line before being cleared by John Terry.
Two subsequent meetings in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup were both drawn, with England needing a late Frank Lampard penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw at home.
Southgate was part of the England team that won 2-0 in a friendly in the first meeting between these teams in 2000 and the Three Lions have won four of the seven encounters in total.
England: Pickford, Walker, Shaw, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Phillips, Saka, Kane, Sterling.
Ukraine striker Artem Besedin is ruled out with the knee injured which he suffered against Sweden and could be sidelined for up to six months although tests have revealed the Dynamo Kiev man has not, as feared, ruptured his cruciate ligament.
England appear to have no major injury concerns and nobody is suspended but four players would be banned for one match if they are booked again. Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and Harry Maguire were each shown a yellow card against Germany while playmaker Phil Foden got one during the group stage.
Ukraine’s game-plan is built around two creative midfielders – Oleksandr Zinchenko, who plays as an attacking full-back for Manchester City, and Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi, who was introduced as a second-half substitute against Sweden.
In Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk, they have goal threats who can turn the tide of a game as they showed in the group stages against Netherlands and North Macedonia.
City team-mate Kyle Walker will hope to keep Zinchenko in check and yet another clean sheet would lay the platform for England to let their attacking talent fire them to victory.
Sterling is now a contender in Euro 2020 top goalscorer tips and is 2/1 to score his fourth goal of the tournament while Sterling to score in another win can be added to Ukraine v England betting tips at 23/10.
Kane’s confidence will have been boosted by his header against Germany and he is the 23/10 favourite to open the scoring.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication