Ukraine vs England: Three Lions hard to oppose in Poland
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Ukraine vs England: Three Lions hard to oppose in Poland

Kick-off: 1700, 09/09/2023

Stadium: Stadion Wroclaw

TV: Channel 4

England are once again making smooth progress through qualifying for a major tournament and are expected to make it five wins from five when they face Ukraine.

Gareth Southgate’s men took charge of Group C by beating Italy in their opening Euro 2024 qualifier and can go nine points clear with victory in Poland on Saturday.

The Three Lions are hard to oppose and we fancy them to be leading at both half-time and full-time at 23/20 for our opening Ukraine vs England prediction.

Three Lions to clean up again

The damage was done in the first half when the teams met at Wembley in March, with Harry Kane breaking the deadlock in the 37th minute and Bukayo Saka doubling England’s advantage three minutes later.

The second half was largely forgettable but England did what they had to do and Ukraine failed to manage a shot on target as they looked for a way back into the game.

Interim boss Ruslan Rotan was in charge of Ukraine at Wembley but since then Serhiy Rebrov, the former Tottenham and West Ham striker, has been appointed as head coach of the national team.

The 49-year-old has enjoyed a varied managerial career, with spells in charge of Dinamo Kyiv, Al-Ahli, Ferencvaros and most recently Al-Ain.

His reign began with a 3-2 win in North Macedonia and a 1-0 victory over Malta but his winning start is expected to end here.

England have kept six clean sheets in their nine meetings with Ukraine, including the last three, and also kept out Malta and North Macedonia in June’s qualifiers.

Looking at the Ukraine vs England odds, that makes an away win to nil at 5/4 an obvious selection.

More of the same for Southgate

Southgate has largely stuck with the tried and tested with his 26-man squad for the double-header, giving call-ups to three regulars with questions over their international roles.

England vice-captain Jordan Henderson’s move to Saudi club Al-Ettifaq raises questions ahead of the Euros, while former Manchester United captain Harry Maguire and Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips only featured for the first time this season when both came off the bench for their respective clubs at the weekend.

Under-21 European Championship winner Levi Colwill received his first formal call-up and uncapped Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has also got the nod for the first time.

There is no place for Chelsea forward Raheem Sterling despite a strong start to the campaign, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jack Grealish withdrew from the initial 26-man selection on Monday through injury.

However, Kane and Jude Bellingham are in fine form for their new clubs after big summer moves and England have plenty of attacking options.

For the last of our Ukraine vs England betting tips, we’ll take 35/4 for a 3-0 win for Southgate’s men.

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