Euro 2020 QF predictions and probable starting XI: Ukraine vs England

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All roads lead to Rome as England and Ukraine fight it out in the last quarter-final to be played at Euro 2020 on Saturday.

The pair meet in the Italian capital having made it through the final pair of Round of 16 fixtures on Tuesday, played at either end of the British Isles.

England laid several demons to rest in their 2-0 win over old enemy Germany on home turf at Wembley Stadium.

Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane scored the goals to end Joachim Low’s long spell as German coach, on the site of the Three Lions’ World Cup win in 1966, as well as current boss Gareth Southgate’s crucial penalty miss against the same opponents at Euro ’96.

The Ukrainians went all the way against Sweden later on Tuesday night.

Artem Dovbyk was the hero at the very end of extra time at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, sealing a 2-1 win against their 10-man opposition after Emil Forsberg had cancelled out Oleksandr Zinchenko’s opener in the Scottish summer sunshine.

Having qualified for the tournament itself automatically, Andriy Shevchenko’s men found the pool stage a slog.

Just three points and a third-placed finish was enough to scrape through to the knockouts, with a win over whipping boys North Macedonia their only success.

Defeats to Austria and the Netherlands, stirring comeback in Amsterdam aside, failed to halt their progress.

Southgate’s English began brightly, with the first of four matches in London so far seeing them exact revenge on 2018 World Cup semi-final foes Croatia in a 1-0, nerve-settling victory.

A goalless draw with Auld Enemy Scotland kept a lid on expectations, before they squeezed out the Czech Republic, with their famous vanquishing of the Germans completing a quartet of games so far without conceding a goal.

Don’t rule out a return to four at the back for Southgate’s men, although Luke Shaw and perhaps Reece James could push further up.

Jack Grealish is banging on the door for a starting spot, while Mason Mount comes back into the reckoning following his isolation spell in line with Covid-19 protocols.

Having played a full two hours could well impact on the Ukrainians, who saw both Artem Besedin and Andriy Yarmolenko go off injured against the Swedes.

Super sub Dovbyk is pressing his claim for a start in Italy.

Euro 2020 quarter-final prediction: Ukraine vs England

Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing, but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.

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Probable Ukraine Starting XI: Georgi Bushchan, Illia Zabarnyi, Serhii Kryvtsov, Mykola Matvienko, Oleksandr Karavaev, Mykola Shaparenko, Taras Stepanenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk.

Probable England Starting XI: Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Reece James, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Luke Shaw, Mason Mount, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling.

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