England and Ukraine will go head-to-head in Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night in the quarter-final of Euro 2020.
England reached the quarter-final after finishing at the top of the group in Group D and beating Germany in the round of 16 stage by 2-0.
On the other hand, Ukraine’s journey to this stage was a roller coaster ride. They were on the verge of elimination when they lost to Austria in the last group stage game. But, in the end, they qualified to the knock-out stage as the top four best third-placed teams.
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England are yet to concede a goal in the Euro 2020. They looked solid and after the return of Harry Maguire, they looked even better against Germany.
The Three Lions got an easier route to the final as they will be facing Ukraine in the quarter-final and if they reach the semi-final then they will face either of Czech Republic or Denmark.
However, Gareth Southgate’s team need to keep in mind that they were beaten by Euro debutant Iceland last time round and there is a possibility of slip up if they show any complacency.
After scoring three goals in four games, Raheem Sterling will be looking to continue his good run of form and Harry Kane also opened his goal-scoring tally in Euro 2020 that will give a great sigh of relief to the England manager.
Meanwhile, after qualifying to the knock-out stages with the help of others failures. Ukraine managed to beat Sweden in the last minute of the extra time which will provide much-needed belief to Andriy Shevchenko’s team ahead of this game.
The Ukrainians will be looking to sit tight and hit on the break. Shevchenko’s side will have to produce a heroic performance to knock England out of the competition.
Ukraine form (all competitions): W-W-L-W-L-W
England form (all competitions): W-W-W-D-W-W
Artem Besedin has picked up an injury after colliding with Sweden’s Marcus Danielson and will remain sidelined for this encounter. Apart from that, there are not any significant absentees in the Ukraine squad ahead of the game against England.
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have finished their self-isolation period after coming close contact with Billy Gilmore who tested positive for Coronavirus. It will be interesting to see if Southgate changes his formation from back three to back four against relatively weaker Ukraine.
Ukraine possible starting lineup(4-3-3):
Bushchan; Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Matvienko; Karavaev, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Stepanenko, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk
England possible starting lineup(4-2-3-1):
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Philips, Mount; Grealish, Kane, Sterling
Ukraine 0-2 England
England will be full of confidence after beating Germany in the previous game and it will be too much to handle for Ukraine.