Ukraine faces England in the final match of the quarterfinals of the Europa League. The match will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy, which is also the first time England has left its home country to play in this tournament.
The two teams have not met much in the past, with only seven previous meetings, with England having the upper hand with four wins, two draws and one loss. The two sides have met once before at Euro 2012, with England beating their opponents 1-0 in the group stage.
Ukraine won 1 and lost 2 in the group stage of this year’s Euro, beating Finland and Slovakia to advance. In the eighth final, the team fought with Sweden until the last minute, and scored a killer goal by Dovik in overtime to reach the last 8, which can be said to be the best of luck.
However, it should be noted that Ukraine has conceded goals in all four Euro matches, and there is a big problem on the defensive side. The team’s back line consists of Karavaev, Matviyenko and Zabarny, all of whom are players in the domestic league. Zabarny, a 19-year-old center back, is still a bit young.
Ukraine’s performance in the offensive end is much better than the defensive end. The attacking line of Yarmolenko, Yalemchuk and Malinovsky scored in all the matches except for the match against Austria, where they did not score. The team relied heavily on the offensive end to have a chance to reach the second round of the knockout stage.
Along the way, Ukraine showed its tenacity. However, Ukraine has just fought with Sweden for 120 minutes, so it is questionable whether the team can maintain good form in this game.
England national team is currently ranked 4th in the world. With 2 wins and 1 draw in the group stage to qualify, the performance is not as eye-catching as expected. The team’s overall thinking is a bit confusing, seemingly trying to avoid playing some strong teams. But the good thing is that the overall performance is relatively stable and the team was able to seize chances to score goals in the game.
In the last match with Germany, the team defeated Germany 2:0 to advance to the last 8.After killing off the arch-rival Germany in the round of 16, the team will face Ukraine in the round of 8, which has the lowest reputation to win the championship. If they get through, they will meet the winner between Czech Republic and Denmark in the semifinals. And with both the semifinal and final taking place in Wembley, London, England will likely end up advancing to the final.
Although the performance in the early stage of the group stage was rather sluggish, but then England gradually got better. At the moment, the team is not in the best shape yet. But with the strong power of the Three Lions, the team still has the strength to beat any top team as long as it plays at a normal level.
Ukraine is definitely at a disadvantage compared to England in terms of physical fitness because most of the main players played 120 minutes in the last match. Ukraine has always had problems at the defensive end, and it will be difficult not to concede goals tonight against the powerful England.
And England’s backline players have excellent ability to cooperate with the tacit understanding of tonight’s game is likely to continue to shut down the opponent, England has a high probability of solving the opponent in regular time.
Prediction one. England advances
Prediction two. Total goals scored – over 2.5 goals