The 1966 World Cup is England's only major tournament victory, but the Three Lions entered UEFA Euro 2020 with high hopes coming off a fourth-place finish in the 2018 World Cup. Now they'll take on Ukraine on Saturday in a Euro 2020 quarterfinal matchup with the winner taking on either the Czech Republic or Denmark in the semifinals next week. England won Group D and bested Germany in the Round of 16, while Ukraine advanced as a third-place team out of Group C and beat Sweden in extra time on Tuesday.
Both squads made major tactical adjustments in their knockout round victories and now it'll be interesting to see what further adjustments are made with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. ET at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. On the 90 minute money line, England is the -225 favorite (risk $225 to win $100) with Ukraine at +750 and a draw at +320 in the England vs. Ukraine odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under is 2.5 goals. Before locking in any Ukraine vs. England picks, check out the Euro 2020 predictions and best bets from SportsLine's Martin Green.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated almost $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He's having a great Euro 2020 as well, with his picks generating more than $800 in profit for $100 bettors through the group stage. Green has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has taken an in-depth look at England vs. Ukraine at Euro 2020 and locked in his best bets. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Ukraine vs. England:
- England vs. Ukraine spread: England -1.5 (+130)
- England vs. Ukraine over-under: 2.5 goals
- England vs. Ukraine 90 minute money line: England -225, Ukraine +750, Draw +320
- ENG: In seven head-to-head matchups with Ukraine, England has four wins, two draws and a loss
- UKR: Artem Dovbyk's game-winning goal in the 121st minute against Sweden was the latest in tournament history
Why you should back England
The Three Lions have been tactically sound at the back throughout the tournament, with four clean sheets in four games. The only other squad to accomplish that in the UEFA European Championship was Germany in 2016. Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier have been a huge strength at the back.
The attack hasn't been quite as strong, with England managing just two goals during its three group-stage games. However, Raheem Sterling has provided plenty of creativity going forward, scoring three times in England's first four games. And while it has been a relatively quiet tournament for Harry Kane after he won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, he did manage to score an 86th minute goal against Germany to cement the victory.
Why you should back Ukraine
Ukraine entered Euro 2020 ranked 24th in the FIFA World Rankings and began its tournament with a late loss to the Netherlands. However, three points against North Macedonia in the second group stage game wound up being enough to send The Blue and Yellow through to the knockout stage.
Against Sweden in the round of 16, Manchester City fullback Oleksandr Zinchenko was able to push forward with Ukraine switching to a back three and he played a pivotal role in a 2-1 win. Zinchenko scored on a brilliant volley in the 27th minute to jump start the scoring and then provided the cross that Artem Dovbyk put home in the 121st minute to win in stoppage time. With Ukraine showing some prowess in a back three, Zinchenko getting forward as a fullback will continue to be pivotal against a strong England defense.
How to make England vs. Ukraine Euro 2020 picks
Green has analyzed England vs. Ukraine from every possible angle. He leaning under on the goal total (2.5), and he has locked in three other best bets, including two with plus-money payouts. He's only sharing those picks on SportsLine.
So who wins England vs. Ukraine? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Ukraine vs. England, all from the European soccer expert who has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season.