Ukraine and table leader England are the opponents. At the Stadion Wroclaw in Poland on Saturday, the top two teams in Group C of the Euro 2024 qualifying round face off. The weekend match will take place on a neutral field as war rages in the “home team’s homeland,” and the Three Lions will try to score 15 points out of a possible 15.
Ukraine vs England
England has been a powerful force in qualifying matches under Gareth Southgate, and they have demonstrated that once again in this Euro 2024 qualifying campaign by winning all four of their games.
The Three Lions began their campaign by defeating Italy 2-1 before defeating Ukraine 2-0 at home. Following those victories, North Macedonia and Malta were defeated with little fanfare and 11 goals scored.
Southgate’s team has a good chance of winning the group, but they’ll want to consolidate their lead over their competitors and start losing some of the fresh talent that has emerged since the World Cup. This squad has offered opportunities to players like Levi Colwill in the back, Eberechi Eze in the middle, and Eddie Nketiah up front, while some supporters were miffed that Jordan Henderson, Harry Maguire, and Kalvin Phillips were still frequently chosen.
After suffering a disappointing 2-0 loss to England, Ukraine responded admirably, tying 3-3 with Germany before triumphing over North Macedonia and Malta to move into second place behind England in the group.
The hosts, Poland, who will face Italy in a direct shootout for second place in the group, appear to have a good chance of making the playoffs. With Viktor Tsygankov and Artem Dovbyk both making an impression at Girona in La Liga, more members of their squad are currently playing in the top five divisions.
Although they defeated Scotland and Ireland, Serhiy Rebrov’s team was unable to build on those victories, losing and drawing to these same teams in the rematches. It took Ukraine a penalty to defeat Malta in June because of Ukraine’s inability to breach Malta’s defense, and the same thing might happen on Saturday.
History does not favor Ukraine. They have only triumphed once in the nine previous encounters between these teams; that victory came in 2009, and it came only after England goalkeeper Robert Green was sent off in the 14th minute.
Ukraine has only scored one goal in all five encounters, and that came in 2012 on a stunning 25-yard strike from Yevhen Konoplyanka, despite earning a draw twice in those five matches.
In more recent times, during the Gareth Southgate era, the nations have faced off twice. The quarterfinal match of Euro 2020 saw England triumph 4-0 in Rome after a simple 2-0 victory earlier in this qualifying phase.
The Three Lions have dominated Group C thus far, and they ought to be able to defeat Ukraine once more for a victory that would all but guarantee their spot at the Euros next summer.
Tip: England to Win / Under 2.5 Goals
England to win – ❌
Under 2.5 Goals – ✅
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