Ukraine host England in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Saturday evening. The Three Lions beat the hosts 2-0 earlier in the year in the reverse fixture and look to continue their winning run in Group C. We take a look at where the betting value might lie in this contest.
Ukraine will be boosted by the fact that winger Mykhailo Mudryk returned to action for Chelsea over the weekend, but experienced midfielders Ruslan Malinovskyi and Yevhen Konoplyanka were not selected by manager Serhiy Rebrov.
England will be without Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jack Grealish, who both pulled out of Gareth Southgate’s squad through injury. There are doubts surrounding both Bukayo Saka and Levi Colwill as both missed training on Tuesday.
England to score in both halves at 5/4
In two of England’s four Euro 2024 qualifiers so far they have produced goals in both halves, against Malta and North Macedonia. Both their goals against Ukraine last time out came in the first half but with the attacking talent that will be on display this Saturday, England should be able to find the back of the net a few times.
Captain and star striker Harry Kane will be looking to continue his fine form both in these qualifiers but also his bright start to life with Bayern Munich. Kane has scored five goals already in this qualifying campaign and the Three Lions’ record goalscorer will be eager to add to his tally on Saturday evening.
He scored in the reverse fixture earlier this year and he also scored against Ukraine when England beat them 4-0 in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals at the Stadio Olimpico.
Jude Bellingham to score anytime at 18/5
Another player who will be itching to get on the scoresheet against Ukraine is midfield maestro Jude Bellingham. The 20-year-old has had an outstanding start to life in Spain with Real Madrid, scoring five goals in his first four matches, and being named as the La Liga Player of the Month for August.
The young superstar is currently the leading marksman in Spain and he will look to translate his excellent form with Los Blancos into his England performances.
Southgate will have no doubt been keeping a close eye on Bellingham’s performances on the continent and after seeing him score a number of goals already, he may consider deploying him further up the pitch against Ukraine to see if it can yield similar results.
Bellingham heads into this international break as England’s most in-form player and one of the most in-form players in the world. 18/5 for him to find the back of the net at any point during the match offers great value.