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England Ukraine Betting Tips – England Break Through To Next Round

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/18/2012 3:25:01 PM

England’s online betting odds weren’t given much of a thought heading into Euro 2012, but they have looked pretty solid over the first two games of Group D and now they can eliminate the Ukrainian co-hosts on Tuesday. As Ukraine will push forward for a goal, England will capitalize and exploit them at the back.

What: Soccer Betting
When: Tuesday, June 19th, 2:45 PM ET
Where: Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine
Pick: England

Why Bet On England

Manager Roy Hodgson started Andy Carroll and brought on Theo Walcott in the 61st minute, and both men paid dividends as Carroll scored the opener in a 3-2 win over Sweden, while Walcott notched the second and set up Danny Wellbeck’s stylish backheel that proved to be the winner with 12 minutes left. Walcott’s pace was a constant threat, while Carroll was strong in the air all game for the English, who put 15 shots up and nine of them hit the target in an efficient performance. Captain Steven Gerrard set up Carroll’s opener with another inch-perfect cross and he looks to be very comfortable in his role as a deep-lying playmaker beside Scott Parker, who is industrious in midfield and does a great job of breaking up attacks, although we’re not sure that he is 100% healthy.

But now Hodgson has a few selection headaches ahead of this crucial match as England needs a draw to go through, but he’ll have Wayne Rooney back after the striker was suspended for the first two games. Walcott may not be able to take part because of a hamstring injury that started to bother him at the end of the Sweden match, which means James Milner may get another start in midfield, although he has been England’s worst player over the first two games. And what about Carroll, who looked fantastic with Wellbeck up front? He deserves another start, but will he get it? These are all good problems to have for the English as it shows that there are a number of players who have risen to the occasion, and the starting lineup will probably be released close to kick-off, so consult that before making your soccer betting pick.

Why Bet On Ukraine

Ukraine didn’t come out with the same fire as they did in their Group D opener against Sweden and it cost them as they were defeated 2-0 by France and to be honest, if it wasn’t for the play of keeper Andriy Pyatov, it could have been a lot worse as France were simply the dominant team, and they played like it. It also didn’t help that Ukraine suffered from a three-minute span between the 53rd and 56th minute in which France scored twice, and now they’re on the back foot heading into their final match. The back four were having problems with Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery all day, and even the French midfielders got into the action as they scored both goals. Antoliy Tymoschuk worked his socks off in midfield and did his best to protect the back four, but the Ukrainians were outclassed and were never able to support Andriy Shevchenko up front. Yevhen Konoplyanka couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with any of his crosses and even though the pitch was slightly waterlogged due to a rain storm that caused a 55-minute delay, there is no excuse for the way he played.

Now, Ukraine may be without their captain as Shevchenko is being bothered by a bad knee and is doubtful right now for Tuesday’s match, which would rob the team of the player that scored two goals in the first match against Sweden in a roll-back-the-years type of performance. If Shevchenko isn’t there, who does the team go with to finish off whatever chances they have? Ukraine has to go all out in this game if they’re going to get through to the next stage, and not only are they exposing themselves at the back, they may not have a player to finish.

How It Will Play Out

Soccer betting odds have England as a +120 favorite in this crucial Group D encounter, while Ukraine comes in at +225 and a draw at +230 after they won their last match against England by a score of 1-0 back in 2009, claiming their first win in four meetings with the English. England’s strikers will certainly be looking to test Ukraine’s defense and with Rooney in the game, they’ll be even more dangerous.

Ukraine were definitely buoyed by the crowd in their first match, then they fell back to earth in the second and now they could be without their captain, which is likely their final death blow. The English have confidence from a big win in a match they normally lose, and they should have enough to catch Ukraine on a couple of counterattacks. Take England in your sports betting picks on Tuesday.

England Ukraine Betting Pick: England


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