Ukraine vs. England Prediction: EURO 2020 Odds & Picks
If soccer is to finally come home this summer, England will have to get past Ukraine in their only game away from Wembley at Euro 2020. Gareth Southgate and his players will travel to the Italian capital to face an Ukraine side with the potential to trip them up. The Three Lions can’t afford to be complacent.
Ukraine showed what they’re made of by making it past Sweden in the round of 16. While Andriy Shevchenko’s side have been inconsistent at Euro 2020, they have a number of attacking threats who could trouble an England team that has yet to concede at the tournament. Here are some tips and predictions for Ukraine v England on Saturday July 3.
Ukraine vs. England Prediction
When: July 3
Where: Olimpico (Roma, Italy)
Time: 3pm ET
Odds: Ukraine +800, Draw +350, England -250 - View full odds for the game here.
While England would be foolish to look too far ahead, the draw has certainly opened up for them. Having overcome Germany in the round of 16, Southgate’s side are now strong favourites to make the Euro 2020 final from this half of the bracket. Some fans want England to play a more exhilarating brand of soccer, but their effectiveness so far has been undeniable.
Indeed, England have kept a clean in four straight games, the first time they have done this at an international tournament since 1966. Southgate used a back three to nullify Germany’s threats on Saturday and he could do the same again to ensure Ukraine don’t overload their defence in the way they did to the Netherlands.
However, the biggest decisions Southgate has to make are at the other end of the pitch where he is overwhelmed with options. Bukayo Saka has made a good impression in the last two games he has played, but could be sacrificed in order to make room for Jack Grealish or Phil Foden, who would offer more guile and invention.
Ukraine’s chances of causing an upset could hinge on whether or not Andriy Yarmolenko is fit. The West Ham man limped off in the win over Sweden. His unavailability would be a significant blow to a team that replies on his creativity, driving runs and knack for producing big moments to link the midfield with the attack.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is another who will have to perform well if Ukraine are to pull off a result, with the 24-year-old a more influential figure for his country than Manchester City, where he is used as a left back. Ukraine have quality, but could find themselves suffocated by England, for whom midfield conservatism has been key at Euro 2020.