England v Ukraine (7.45pm KO, Live on ITV1)

England bid to book their place in the quarter-finals against the co-hosts and it will be a major shock if they don’t rise to the task and get the job done.

The Three Lions go into the game knowing that a draw will be good enough to book them a place in the last eight, and that outcome is a 3.3 shot with Paddy Power.

They can be backed at a top priced 2.25 with Paddy Power and Stan James to do it in style with a victory, while Ukraine are 3.7 shots in a game which they must go through to the last 8 at the expense of Roy Hodgson’s men.

The co-hosts will be fired up beyond belief and it’s going to be no cake-walk for England if they defend like they did in their 3-2 win over Sweden.

The good news however is that striker Wayne Rooney is set to be named in England’s starting XI, having served his two-match suspension .

The Manchester United striker is likely to replace Liverpool’s Andy Carroll, who scored the opening goal in the 3-2 win over Sweden.

Rooney is fresh and hungry to get stuck in, and it’s easy to see him getting on the scoresheet given that the Ukraine defence has looked vulnerable to say the least.

He is 6.5 chance with  Coral and Stan James to score first, and that certainly looks a decent price as does the 2.65 withsportingbet to net anytime.

Spurs’ Jermain Defoe is a 10 chance to net the opener with CoralLadbrokes and Stan James, while fellow team mate Scott Parker can be backed at at standout 34 in the same market with Paddy Power.

Theo Walcott, who scored the second goal against the Swedes, is doubtful to make the line-up suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in training on Sunday but his absence is nothing compared to the possibility that Andriy Shevchenko may miss the match for Ukraine.

The 35-year-old striker is struggling with a left knee problem sustained in the 2-1 win over Sweden and team doctor Leonid Myronov says the former Chelsea striker has a “50-50 chance” of featuring.

He is the major weapon in their side, and in his absence it’s hard to see Ukraine providing any real threat upfront.

If he doesn’t start then England really should be good enough to win this comfortably, and the 2.25 on offer would look very generous.

I think, whether he starts or not, that they will emerge victorious and fancy them to win either 2-0 or 2-1.

The former is an 11.5 chance with Paddy Power  while the latter is a 13 chance with Ladbrokes.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. You over rate a mediocre England side if you think it would be a major shock. We play defensively for 1-0 wins. 0-0 or 1-0 win. We had to chase the game against a poor Sweden side and it was only when we introduced the pace we should be starting with that the game changed. Johnson is constantly out of position and just as Germany did against him in the World Cup, decent sides will take advantage. He needs to be dropped and Jones played to allow us to polay pace on both wings. If Johnson and Milner play we only pose a threat down the left which makes defending against it a lot easier.

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