Time: Saturday, July 3rd ,2021 22:00 hours(Quarter Finals)
Ukraine and England are meeting on neutral grounds (Italy) at the Stadio Olimpico Rome for the final quarter final match with the Three Lions looking more dominant to win and Ukraine considered the underdogs for a shot at the finals. Ukraine are coming from a lucky win against the Swedish side by a late goal from Artem Dovbyk the architect being Zincheko who had early scored during the first half. England have remained dominant during the Euro tournament and are coming from a win against Germany with two goals from Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. Ukraine despite having luck on their side during the group stages and the knockout stage, will be facing a world class team. This is an easy pick, majority are backing England for the win and they hope not to be proven wrong.
They have scored just three goals in 7 previous meeting with England there last four matches have produced just 4 goals in total. They only previous quarter final meeting in a major tournament was during the 2006 world and they were defeated 3-0 by Italy. Andriy Yarmolenko has been directly involved in 5 out 8 goals for Ukraine scoring 2 and with 3 assist becoming level with Andriy Shevchenko (current coach) 4 goals and 1 assist at major tournaments. Shevchenko is confident that they won’t go down without a fight and has promised fans they won’t go quietly despite all the odds stacked against them this will be hard promise to keep.
Team formation: 3-5-2
Possible Starting Lineup.
Forwards: Roman Yaremchuk (CF) Andriy Yarmolenko (CF)
Midfielders: Oleksandr Zincheko (LB) Mykola Shaparenko (CM) Taras Stepaneko (CM) Sergiy Sydorchuk (CM) Oleksandr Karavaev (RB).
Defenders: Mykola Mativiyenko (CB) Sergey Krystov (CB) Illia Zabarnyi (CB)
Goalkeeper: Heorhiy Bushchan (GK).
Injured/doubtful players : Artem Besedin (Knee injury) Denys Popov (calf injury) Aleksandr Zubkov (calf injury.
Only Italy are coming with a lower ratio of goals conceded (2.1) with England following closely with (2.7) and they have seen the lowest shots on target just 8 in 4 matches (2 per game). They have lost just 1 match in 7 previous meetings with Ukraine (winning 4, drawing 2) their last two meetings ended in a draw. The three lions have meet with Ukraine before in the Euro 2012 match in which they won 1-0 in the group stages. England is the only team to have kept a clean sheet in all 5 matches in Euro 2020. Three previous quarter final matches have ended in extra time and penalties. Raheem Sterling has scored 3 out of the four goals and only two player have ever scored more (Wayne Rooney & Alan Shearer).
Team formation: 3-4-3
Forwards: Sterling (LF) Kane (CF) Saka (RF)
Midfielders: Shaw (CM) Rice (CM) Philips (CM) Trippier (CM)
Defenders: Maguire (CB) Stones (CB) Walker (CB)
Goalkeeper: Pickford (GK)
Injured/doubtful players: Saka doubtful.
2 draws in previous meetings.
England to qualify (1.48)
Over 2.5 goals (2.09)
BTTS NO (1.60)