Ukraine vs. England Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

01 July 2021

Saturday 3 July

Stadio Olimpico – Euro 2020

Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring for England against Germany in the previous round Source: (Xinhua/Shutterstock)

A place in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 is up for grabs when England play Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday night. Can the Three Lions continue to build their momentum, or will the Blue and Yellow spring a surprise in the mobile online betting for this quarter-final clash?

Past Meetings

These countries haven’t crossed paths since being paired together in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Both matches ended in draws, with the first of those coming just a few months after England beat Ukraine 1-0 in the group stages of Euro 2012. Ukraine have only ever tasted victory once against the English, beating them 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in 2009, with the Three Lions winning four of their six other meetings.

Team News

Roman Bezus is a doubt for this game after picking up what appeared to be a shoulder injury in Ukraine’s last-16 tie against Sweden, despite only entering the fray in the 117th minute of the game. Artem Besyedin is also doubtful after he was on the receiving end of Marcus Danielsson’s red card challenge, having also come on as a substitute.

England appeared to come through their round-of-16 encounter against Germany unscathed. That should mean Gareth Southgate has a fully-fit squad to choose from here, with Mason Mount expected to come back into the starting line-up following his period of isolation. Bukayo Saka would likely drop out of the XI, along with Kieran Trippier should England revert back to a 4-3-3 formation.

Ukraine vs. England Preview and Predictions

England have taken on a new guise in this European Championship, sacrificing entertainment levels for a pragmatic approach which has yielded excellent results so far. The Three Lions start as the clear favourites in this Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine, but the Blue and Yellow will be no pushover.

Andriy Shevchenko’s side showed their resolve in their last-16 clash with Sweden, striking in the final minute of extra-time to seal their place in the next round. Ukraine were a little fortunate to get past Sweden, capitalising on their opponents going down to 10 men in the first half of the additional period.

There was little fortunate about England’s 2-0 victory over Germany earlier in the day. Southgate’s plan worked to perfection, as the Three Lions boss matched up Die Mannschaft with wing-backs and a game plan designed to stifle what was something of an unknown quantity in the Germans.

As it turned out, Germany created little and were made to look distinctly average against an English side which has got through the first four games of this tournament without conceding a single goal. England are the 1.41 odds-on favourites to march through to the semi-finals, which will be back on home soil at Wembley.

Ukraine are priced at 8.75 to win this game inside 90 minutes, with a third straight draw between these countries at the end of normal time available at 4.30. That would send this tie to extra-time, with England 1.15 to qualify via any method, and Ukraine 5.00 for the same bet.

Recommended Bets

England to win to nil at 1.90

The Three Lions have been superb defensively so far in this tournament, registering four clean sheets in four games. Whether they go with three or four at the back, expect to see this English side restrict Ukraine to few chances on Saturday night.

England to win 1-0 at 5.75

We’re unlikely to see England open up and play expansive football. The Three Lions have only scored four times so far at the Euros, averaging exactly a goal a game. With Raheem Sterling getting the goal, the odds rise to 16.66.