England take on the visitors Ukraine in the round 2 match of UEFA Euro 2024 qualification. The match will be played on Saturday, March 26th at Wembley Stadium (London).
England were in the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and appeared in Euro 2020 final, which the Italians won on penalties. Yes, there were some fairly justified reasons for criticism: sometimes excessive caution, which resulted in a stiffness of play, and a convenient schedule in 2018 and 2021 – the "Azzurri" actually lost at home, at Wembley. Last year was an outright failure for the British in the Nations League format, where they finished last in their group. But in Qatar, at the World Cup, Kane and his team were not bad, and even showed spectacular football: 6-2 against Iran, 3-0 against Wales, and in the playoffs, Senegal. But then came France, and the future finalist defeated their geographical neighbor 2-1. A new cycle began for Gareth and his charges with a match against another giant - Italy. At Naples, the visitors made a powerful start, scoring twice. However, there was a second half where they switched to defense and fought off attacks, especially after Shaw's expulsion.
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Ukraine repeated their best result in the previous Euro, reaching the quarter-finals. After that, the federation's leadership decided not to renew the contract with Andriy Shevchenko, entrusting the team to Petrakov. He left a fairly mixed impression: he certainly didn't fail, but at the same time, he didn't achieve his goals. They narrowly missed qualifying for the World Cup, taking second place in the group, twice not losing to the giants, France (but also failing to beat Kazakhstan). In the playoffs, during the summer, players deprived of game practice were able to win against Scotland in Glasgow, and they were at least no worse than Wales - but saves from Hennessey and an own goal from Yarmolenko decided everything. Then came the Nations League, in which the "highlanders" were able to take revenge, scoring 4 points against the Ukrainians and taking first place in their group. So it's not surprising that the coach's contract wasn't renewed. He wasn't fully replaced, and they seem to be waiting for Sergei Rebrov to become available in the summer.
In the World Cup 2014 qualifiers, the "yellow-blue" team managed to draw in both matches. However, during the last Euro Cup, the English destroyed the Ukrainians in the quarterfinals with a 4-0 score. It's hard to believe in a struggle - the visitors are weaker and not in their optimal composition. Maybe a repeat of the Euro Cup massacre won't happen, but you can bet on the "three lions" with a handicap of "-1.5 goals scored".
Prediction for the match: England to win with -1.5 handicap.