England play Ukraine in a vital 2014 World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday night knowing defeat would probably mean a play-off place at best.
This is the toughest off all the assignments for Roy Hodgson’s men and with injuries and suspensions ripping apart England’s plans it will need a stellar performance to maintain their course for a trip to Brazil next summer.
In the latest betting odds for the Ukraine vs England match the bookies cannot split them. Ukraine are a best price 9/5 with William Hill and England are also a top price 9/5. The best price for the draw is 9/4 at Ladbrokes.
Ukraine warmed up for this clash with a 9-0 victory over San Marino on Friday night and come into the match in fine form. They have now won seven and drawn one of their last eight matches and held England to a 1-1 draw at Wembley early in the World Cup qualification process.
England picked up a 4-0 win over Moldova on Friday to warm up for this but with Danny Welbeck now suspended Hodgson is expected to turn to James Milner and set up more defensively. That will leave Rickie Lambert up front on his own with his primary support coming from Theo Walcott, Lambert is England’s best chance of a goal and 2/1 (Bet365) to score anytime and 13/2 (Paddy Power) to score first.
Ukraine have now kept a clean sheet in their last four matches which included a brilliant 4-0 win in Montenegro and goals look sure to be at a premium on Tuesday night. In England’s three ‘tougher’ matches in this qualifying so far they have drawn 1-1 with each of Ukraine (h), Poland (a) and Montenegro (a) and when these sides met in Euro 2012 a 1-0 win was enough for England.
This match is also set to be low scoring and the bookies agree, making under 2.5 goals 4/6 (Sky Bet).
With that in mind, we are going to take a chance in going for the 0-0 scoreline. As always, don’t bet on 0-0, instead bet on ‘no goalscorer’ at the same price, this means if an own goal is the only goal of the game you will still win your bet. It’s a best price 8/1 at William Hill.
For our final bet we are looking at the Man of the Match market and an England defender. They will be under pressure at time in this match and one of the experienced England players will have to be on top of their game along the back four, we think Ashley Cole (33/1 Ladbrokes) to be Man of the Match is a great price and one that should be taken.
Under 2.5 goals – 4/6 Sky Bet
No goalscorer – 8/1 William Hill
Ashley Cole Man of the Match – 33/1 Ladbrokes
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