Ukraine knocked out Sweden in their previous match but needed extra time and a man advantage to do so. They head to Rome now, and set in their sights is an England side brimming with confidence following their 2-0 win over arch-rivals Germany in the last 16.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Stadio Olympico
After 90 minutes of football, Ukraine and Sweden were level after Emil Forsberg’s goal cancelled out Oleksandr Zinchenko’s opener. Then, Sweden’s centre-back Marcus Danielsson got himself red carded in the first half of extra time for a rash challenge on Artem Bessedin and Ukraine piled on the pressure from then on, eventually finding the winner in the last minute of extra time through Artem Dovbyk.
Ukraine will now prepare for their toughest challenge yet against a stubborn England side that is still yet to concede any goal but Shevchenko’s side will trust that they should be able to find the back of the net.
Gareth Southgate set up his England side perfectly against Germany and was able to enjoy a fantastic 2-0 victory.
The game itself was an equal contest throughout, but it was decided by England’s ability to convert their big chances and Germany’s failure to do so, with Thomas Muller missing a golden chance to level the game.
England’s defence was tested against Germany but they managed to remain solid and organized with Jordan Pickford pulling off a handful of saves and centre back Harry Maguire winning the MOTM award.England will be confident about their chances of beating Ukraine but they will have to do so without their home fans as they play outside of Wembley for the first time this tournament.
Artem Bessedin was on the receiving end of a horrible tackle in their previous game and looks set to miss this match.
Gareth Southgate has no injuries or suspensions to worry about.
Ukraine’s last five games: WLWLW
England’s last five games: WWDWW
Ukraine have beaten England just once in seven meetings. (D2 L4)
England are unbeaten in 10 games (W9 D1) and have only conceded one goal in those games.
England have the best defensive record at the Euros and are yet to concede a single goal, so will be confident that they can keep the Ukrainians quiet for the ninety, or more. England haven’t conceded a goal in any of their last six international matches and that run should continue here. Bet both teams not to score at odds of 13/20.
And then, Harry Kane finally ended his cold spell and got his first goal of the Euros against Germany. He will be heading into this one trying to get himself on a nice run and he could get himself another goal here. Back Kane to score anytime at 5/6.
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