Ukraine vs England Euro 2021 Predictions and Betting Tips
Ukraine vs England will be the final game in the quarter finals of Euro 2020. The Ukraine vs England match will take place on July 3 at 2100 hrs Central Eastern European Summer Time at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome,Italy
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England Form, potential line up and Tactics
England qualified for the quarterfinal after defeating Germany 2-0 in the round of 16 at the Wembley Stadium in London.
This was a historic win for England on my many fronts. For starters, this was the first time in over 55 years that England defeated Germany in the knockout stage of a major tournament. The last time this happened was in the 1966 World Cup when the two sides met in the final and England defeated Germany to lift it’s first and only World Cup.
This win with a clean sheet also means that England are only the second side in European Championship history not to concede in any of their first four games of an edition of the tournament, after Germany in Euro 2016. The only time England managed to replicate this in a major tournament was yet again in the 1966 World Cup.
England fans have been disappointed with England’s performance in major tournaments in knockout stages but England’s fine performance during Euro 2020 can possibly help them believe that “Football is coming home!”
England have been unbeaten in the 9 games and they just drew one of those games games. England also has an amazing defensive record. They have not conceded a single goal in their last 7 games.
This is the first time they have qualified for the knockout stage without conceding a single goal in a major tournament since the 1986 World Cup.
England’s second game in the Euros against Scotland ended in a 0-0 draw and it wasn’t a match that neutral fans would have loved to watch. England created the 4th fewest goal scoring attempts amongst 24 teams during the group stage.
England is also the first team in the European Championships to top their group with the fewest goals scored (2).
In their match against Germany, England was struggling in the first 30 minutes but they started to match the Germans in the second half. England started to dominate after the introduction of Jack Grealish.
The boring and cautious England that we saw during the group stage seemed to have transformed into a much more dynamic and lively team when faced with a strong opposition.
The Ukraine vs England game will be interesting because of this fact as England have proved that they can increase the tempo in important games as we saw during their performance against Germany.
In 2021 England shifted from a 3-4-3 formation to a 4-3-3 formation. They like to build up attacks patiently from the back and prefer to counter-attack quickly with their pacey forwards.
As neutral fans we personally felt that England were playing a bit too cautiously in the group stages instead of playing more directly but from a tactical perspective they did a good job in maintaining their shape and preventing attacks.
England shifted to a 3-4-3 against Germany which worked quite well for England. This was probably done to counter Germany’s formation which also involved 3 center backs.
We expect England to continue with this formation in the Ukraine vs England match.
Usually, the defenders tend to stay deep but in this game he could push them higher up the pitch and allow them more freedom considering their center backs are ball playing center backs and have the ability to progress play and make line breaking passes.
The 3-4-3 might look like a defensive formation on paper but in attack teams employing this formation can look pretty exciting as you can see from the picture below.
This formation allows England’s full backs to be more like wide midfielders who can both bomb forward. England will attack from width with their fullbacks Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier. Harry Kane likes to drop deep to collect the ball, make forward passes to his team mate and then rush into attack.
Maguire can whip in long balls from the left, while Stones can push up when needed and Kyle Walker can interchange with Trippier to bamboozle defenders.
Kyle Walker is a natural right back and if more pressure needs to be put on Ukraine,
Sterling and Grealish will usually cut inside the box instead of staying wide.
These two will have to work very hard to fall back when England loses possession.
The midfielders Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips tend to not go forward and instead focus on protecting the defenders from counter attacks and progressing the balls to the forwards.
However, Kalvin Phillips can at times join attacks if necessary. We saw this in England’s game against Germany where he would sometimes run towards Germany’s box if he saw space open up in Germany’s box.
In defence, Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier will back into defence. In midfield, either Grealish will fall back so that England’s shape looks more like a 5-3-2 or both Grealish and Sterling will fall back so that England look like a 5-4-1.
England were pressing Germany aggressively so we can expect a lot of that during the Ukraine vs England game.
England Predicted Line up For Ukraine vs England
We expect England’s line up to be largely unchanged apart from the introduction of Jack Grealish because of his game changing performance against Germany.
Ukraine Form, potential line up and Tactics
Ukraine has featured twice in the European Championships, in 2012 and 2016 and they were knocked out in the group stage.
But Ukraine should not be underestimated based on their past. They topped their Euro Qualifiers group finishing above Portugal and while conceding only 4 goals. Only Belgium and Turkey conceded fewer goals than Ukraine during the qualifiers (3 goals).
Ukraine are currently ranked 24th by FIFA.
After the fine form during the Euro 2021 qualifiers, Ukraine has had some terrible form. Ukraine lost 6 out of 8 games in 2020 and they drew their first 4 games in 2021. But they won their last two friendlies that were the warm up games for the Euros.
Ukraine did not have an amazing campaign during Euro 2020. They lost their opening game against the Netherlands 3-2. They followed this up with a victory over North Macedonia and then lost 1-0 to Austria.
Ukraine qualified for the round of 16 as the last team to qualify for the knockouts based on a 3rd place finish in their group.
However, Ukraine played quite well against Sweden in the round of 16 and qualified for the quarter finals thanks to an amazing performance from Andriy Yarmolenko and Oleksander Zinchenko.
Ukraine’s manager is the legendary retired striker Andriy Shevchenko who played with AC Milan and Chelsea. He has been managing the team since 2016 and lays an emphasis on tactical flexibility.
Tactically, Ukraine tend to play with width coming from the full backs and the attacking forwards playing more centrally.
In 2021, Shevchenco has a clear preference for playing a system with 3 center backs.
Serhiy Sydorchuk is their main defensive midfielder who is essential in providity extra solidity at the back this allows 24 year old Oleksandr Zinchenko, who plays for Manchester City and Ruslan Malinovskyi to be more daring in attack.
24 year old Roman Yaremchuk is their main striker who is strong in the air and can hold up the ball to let his teammates join him in attack.
Ukraine typically like to set up in a 3-5-2 formation. Zinchenko starts on the left midfield while Yarmelnko starts as the second striker on the right. In defence, Zinchenko and the other wide midfielder drop back with the three defenders while Yarmelnko tends to drop into midfield which gives Ukraine a 5-4-1 shape.
In attack, the two wide midfielders will move forward and one of the midfielders will also join in attack, effectively giving Ukraine a 3-2-5 shape.
Ukraine are a counter attacking side and they love to press their opponents as soon as they lose the ball. This is reflected in the stats as well. Ukraine has the 4th highest interceptions per game.
Ukraine Predicted line up
We expect Ukraine’s line up to be largely unchanged in the Ukraine vs England game.
Ukraine vs England Euro 2020 Predictions
On paper England should win this match effortlessly. However, if you consider how many upsets “weaker” teams caused by defeating the strongest teams in the tournament, it would be unwise to think that England will most definitely win.
Ukraine is a team that is full of surprises and they have shown that during the Euro 2020. Ukraine will be pressing England aggressively and they will not go down without a fight.
Ukraine do have some amazing players like Yarmalenko who has the 4th highest number of assists in the tournament, Zinchenko who is a dangerous threat from the left and 25 year old Roman Yaremchuk who had an amazing season at club level.
We think that England will continue their 7 game streak of maintaining clean sheets and win 1-0. We don’t expect to score a lot of goals considering England has registered the lowest number of shots per game at 6.8 shots per game.
This is less than half of 12 average goals scored per game when the stats of all teams in Euro 2020 are included.
Raheem Sterling has scored 3 of England’s 4 goals and he is in fine form. It might be a good idea to bet on him to score in the Ukraine vs England game as well.
Ukraine vs England Euro 2020 Odds
Bookmakers are offering the following odds for the Ukraine vs England game in Euro 2020:
- Ukraine 8.20
- Draw 4.50
- England 1.44
From these odds we can clearly see that England are favorites to win this quarterfinal game.
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Ukraine vs England Betting Tips
As we mentioned earlier in our Englandvs Ukraine prediction section of the article, we predict England to win 1-0. Because of the high odds for England we don’t advise you to bet on England because you won’t get a big profit with a simple match bet.
The reason for this has been discussed in our articles on football betting systems and football betting tips where we discuss strategies that can help you to develop your own football betting system and make profitable football bets.
To cut a long story short, you should avoid placing match winner bets if the odds for your team are less than 2.0.
That being said handicap bets, over/under betting options can prove to be profitable bets not only for this Euro 2020 match between England and Ukraine but also most football games during the Euros with a clear favorite and underdog.
Here are some betting tips we have for you in England vs Ukraine game in Euro 2020:
- Under 1.5 goals to be scored during the game. Odds 3.25
- Handicap betting, England starts with 0 goals, Ukraine with 1, match ends in a draw. Odds 3.35
- England wins the game with a 1 goal margin. Odds 3.25
- Under 2.5 goals scored to be scored during the game with only 1 or no team to score. Odds 2.05
- England to win and and under 1.5 goals to be scored during the game. Odds 5.40
- England to win and a under 2.5 goals to be scored during the game. Odds 2.90
- Raheem Sterling to score and England to win. Odds 3.30
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