The English team and its fans walked out with pride as they sunk their old nemesis. On the cusp of another major European semi-final appearance, England prepare for another battle against a well-knitted Ukrainian side.
On the other hand, Ukraine enjoyed a pulsating extra-time win over Sweden by 2-1 and secured a place in the quarter-finals. They are now up against the tournament’s favourites. Would they be able to pull the trigger this time? Let’s find out in the preview.
Ukraine 0-2 England
Ukraine 0-4 England
No one predicted Ukraine to make it thus far, and it is enough evidence not to ignore their presence any longer. They have shown a spirit of champions on top of a very professional and solid display of attack and defence.
For walker and stones, there will be a well-known face of their Manchester city’s left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko. He has been in the form of his life for his national duties lately, and he poses a kind of threat that the English defence can’t ignore. Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk will also have some tricks up their sleeves against the English defence, and it would be an exciting battle.
After England enjoyed a significant period of attacking dominance after the introduction of Jack Grealish against Germany, there is a strong case for the Aston Villa captain to start the game.
However, Southgate has always proved to be a more conservative manager; we can see a similar starting lineup for the English side as in their last game and expect a late introduction of Jack Grealish. Shaw, Trippier, and Sterling will be the further English players that can threaten Ukraine from wings.
Barring any injury or late suspension news, the two teams will line up like the following:
Ukraine: Bushchan; Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Matvienko; Karavaev, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Stepanenko, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Rice, Henderson, Shaw; Mount, Kane, Sterling
It’s an easy one to predict. England’s route till the finals looks clear as they will face either Czech Republic or Denmark if they win this one.
Our prediction: Ukraine 0-2 England
After dumping Germany out of the round of 16, the Three Lions will be brimming with confidence against a well-organized Ukrainian team. Let’s wait and see what the English side does, which has not conceded a goal in the entire tournament.
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