Stuart Pearce’s Young Lions will look to get their first win of the European U21 Championship tomorrow as they face their Ukrainian counterparts.
England scraped a late draw with Spain in the first round of matches courtesy of a cool finish from Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck.
As such, Pearce will be looking for an improvement from his squad as they face the Molodizhka.
England go into the match as firm favourites, despite winning just two of their last five games.
The stalemate with Spain followed wins over Norway and Denmark and losses at the hands of Iceland and Italy. However, bwin has inserted the Englishmen at 67/100 to take all three points from this group match.
Ukraine are seen as outsiders, with a win for Pavlo Yakovenko’s men priced at 17/5, while the draw is available at 5/2.
With England odds-on to secure a win, some football betting enthusiasts could be tempted to look at the handicap markets for the match.
Giving Ukraine a 1-0 head start from the first whistle sees the odds on the draw move to 13/5, while the England win becomes a more attractive prospect at 19/10.
Ukraine have won just one of their last five matches, a 3-2 victory over Iceland, and drew three consecutive games before going down 2-1 to the Czech Republic last time out.
Such form means that even with a 2-0 gift from the off, they are still only priced at 21/20 for the win.
Should the gulf in class move from being on paper to being witnessed on the pitch, it could be a question of how many rather than when England will score.
Pearce has a clutch of big names at his disposal, with many of the players looking to justify moves to high-profile clubs.
Phil Jones recently signed for Manchester United from Blackburn for a reported £16.5 million, with Jordan Henderson swapping the Stadium of Light for Anfield in a similarly-priced transfer.
With such talents donning the three lions, a number of punters could be enticed by the goalscorer markets.
Strikers Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck are seen as the biggest threat for England, priced at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively to score the first goal of the game, while Henderson offers better returns at 16/1.
Everton’s highly-rated midfielder Jack Rodwell is a 14/1 shot to break the deadlock – although he only featured as a sub against Spain – while Chris Smalling and new United teammate Jones can be backed at 22/1 and 28/1 respectively.
Ukraine are not fancied for the win but have found the back of the net in each of their last five outings. As such, the home side can be expected to breach the England defence at some point and forward Yevhen Konoplianka looks a safe bet to add to the five goals he has hit in 15 games.
The midfielder is priced at 12/1 to open the scoring and get the game up and running. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.