Amidst all the chaos and geopolitical tensions in Ukraine, the football world awaits an important clash between Ukraine and England, who are both the leading contenders of Group C in the Euro qualifiers. This game was originally supposed to be a home fixture for Ukraine, but circumstances have led to a change in plans, with the game now set to take place on a neutral venue in Poland’s Wroclaw Stadium.
The ongoing tensions with Russia have significantly impacted Football in Ukraine, but despite these challenges, the passion of Ukrainian fans remains strong, supported by a wave of global solidarity. A heartwarming testament to this unity was the charity match Team Zinchenko against Team Shevchenko that took place last month, which showed the spirits of a nation bonded through the love of the beautiful game.
The English football team has supported Ukraine significantly during these tough times, providing support to their players and the nation. As their match against Ukraine nears, it is clear that the match itself won’t be played in a friendly fashion, with fans expecting England to finish strong in their Group. England is also eager to gather momentum ahead of the Euros and end their long wait for a major trophy since 1966. Even though England has never won the European Championships before, most football fans have them down as one of the favorites for the 2024 Championships.
The stakes are also high for Gareth Southgate as speculation about his future adds weight to his upcoming matches. Southgate will most likely leave the team after the Euros, and he will be determined to end on a high note by winning as many of his last games with the team as possible. Winning the Euros will be a defining moment for Southgate and all of England, and the match against Ukraine is one of the many obstacles in the path to ultimate glory.
Ukraine vs. England Tips
Harry Kane, who is almost always in blistering form, is the main man for any team he plays and is expected to get most of the glory at the game’s conclusion. It wouldn’t be surprising if he scored multiple goals, having netted in all six of England’s last outings. Kane scored in England’s 2-0 victory against Ukraine in March and has just scored a brace against Augsburg in the Bundesliga. With his track record, it is a strong possibility that he can get two goals or more against Ukraine in their upcoming meeting.
England’s attacking depth is something the whole football world wishes they had, and with fierce competition for every position, it’s not just Harry Kane who is expected to shine. England scored 15 goals in their last four games, which shows the talent behind their main striker. Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, and Phil Phoden are all players to keep an eye on, and it wouldn’t be surprising if we find them on the scoresheet at the end. Eddie Nketiah, the top scorer for England’s U21 squad, is also a part of the team, and he will be eager to kickstart his senior team record with a goal against Ukraine.
Ukraine vs. England Match Analysis
Serhiy Rebrov’s Ukraine have shown moments of quality with wins against Scotland and Ireland in the Nations League and are second in their group, but they have played more games than Italy, who are favorites for the second spot. Ukraine struggles to sustain momentum and often falters against the same opponents in their return fixtures. Their difficulties in breaking down strong defenses, as shown by a reliance on a penalty to secure a victory against Malta in June, shows that they will be struggling in the goals department.
Gareth Southgate is in a strong position and may use this opportunity to experiment a bit with a fresh center-back partnership. The decision to include Henderson, Phillips, and Maguire has sparked controversy due to their limited playing time, but they might just be used as subs. Harry Maguire is in the squad, but Levi Colwill is poised for a start, with Maguire coming in later into the second half to secure their position. This scenario could also be mirrored for Phillips and Henderson, who will likely see other players play ahead of them.
Ukraine vs. England Predictions
England’s dominance in Group C sets the stage for another convincing performance against Ukraine, a team they have lost only once to in nine total encounters. Ukraine faces a very difficult task ahead of them as they are struggling to find the back of the net with a four-game goal drought.
While England hasn’t been flawless, they have only had one loss in their last ten games. Echoing their commanding seven-goal display against North Macedonia, England are tipped for another high-scoring win. Ukraine’s offensive line is likely to meet strong resistance against England’s defense, and we ultimately expect them to lose by four goals without any reply.
Last time we predicted a 3-1 win to Arsenal, for Jesus to score, and for both teams to be on the teamsheet, and all of these predictions came true. Can’t promise we will be on the money every week but not bad hey?
Ukraine News and Squad
Chelsea’s winger Mykhailo Mudryk has returned to action after returning from an injury concern and will be available, but considering his recent form, fans are unsure if he will be starting the game. Experienced midfielders Ruslan Malinovskyi and Yevhen Konoplyanka have been left out of the squad by coach Serhiy Rebrov, and this might impact the team’s creativity.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is back from injury and even featured in the Premier League before the break, so we can expect him to start for Ukraine. Another player who can find himself in the starting lineup is Viktor Tsyhankov, who could play a pivotal role in providing the team with creativity from the midfield.
England News and Squad
Gareth Southgate’s squad decisions have raised some eyebrows. Despite having poor seasons with their clubs, Raheem Sterling and James Ward-Prowse have started their seasons superbly but haven’t secured a spot for England. Surprisingly, Jordan Henderson, Harry Maguire, and Kalvin Phillips have made the cut despite limited club appearances and somewhat underwhelming individual performances last season.
Injuries have also dealt a significant blow to England’s team, and key players like John Stones, Reece James, Mason Mount, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Jack Grealish won’t be featuring. The availability of Bukayo Saka and Levi Colwill remains uncertain as well, as they are with the squad but were absent from Tuesday’s training session. Southgate’s selection has drawn criticism, particularly regarding certain players, but it’s improbable that these controversial choices will see a lot of game time. Instead, eyes are on Marc Guehi and Fikayo Tomori, who may get the opportunity to shine in England’s defense.