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Euro 2012 Group D: England vs. Ukraine Tips, Predictions, & Picks

Euro 2012 England vs. Ukraine: Three Lions To Move To Quarters: One of the hosts of Euro 2012, Poland, has already been knocked out of this tournament. Now, the other co-host is going to be up against it on Monday night at Donbass Arena when Ukraine has to take on England in the final match for both teams here in Group D. This could be quite the offensive affair, as both of these teams have shown the ability to score goals, and the well-needed boost from getting Wayne Rooney back in the lineup might be just what the Brits need in this crucial match for both sides. Our England vs. Ukraine tips are set to rock and roll here at TSS, and we think that we have a great angle for this Euro 2012 fixture.

With four points to show for their work in their two matches, England is clearly the team that is in the driver’s seat. It knows that it will be able to get into the second round with just a draw, though a win will likely be the only way that the team has a shot of getting into the knockout rounds as the Group D winners. For Ukraine, the test is going to be quite simple. It’s win and in, lose or draw and go home. The Ukrainians know after a 2-0 loss to the French four days ago, that they are now in a position where they are going to need to take care of business and get all three points, or their tournament is going to be over even if the French get knocked off by Sweden at Metalist Stadium in a match running concurrently.

England vs. Ukraine Schedule and Match Information
England vs. Ukraine Match Date/Time: Tuesday, June 19th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
England vs. Ukraine Stadium: Donbass Arena
England vs. Ukraine on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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England vs. Ukraine Match Odds: England -0.5 (+120)
England vs. Ukraine Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over +105)

Manager Roy Hodgson has his first real dilemma of a decision that has to be made before this match gets underway. Wayne Rooney is back from his two-match suspension, and he figures to be in the Starting XI regardless of what else happens. Does that mean that Andy Carroll is headed to the bench? It could be a possibility, though the idea of leaving Danny Welbeck out of the Starting XI is a possibility as well. Knowing that a draw is good enough to get the job done, we figure that the idea of using three strikers it out of the realm of possibility for Hodgson and the Three Lions, though the mindset has to at least somewhat be enticing to put all three on the field at the same time. The English really did well four days ago playing against Sweden in what proved to be one of the more impressive feats of the tournament. England led 1-0 but fell behind 2-1 after an own goal that threatened to really kill the team’s shots at getting into the knockout rounds. That being said, Theo Walcott came off of the bench to equalize for the Three Lions, and Welbeck scored the goal with less than a quarter of an hour remaining in the match to send them to victory and to bounce the Swedes out of the tournament.

We really figured that Ukraine was going to be the team that put on the offensive clinic here in its homeland. We saw some of that on display with Andriy Shevchenko in the opening match against Sweden, as he led a personal comeback from down 1-0 to take a 2-1 lead with back to back strikes within 10 minutes of one another. Aside from that burst of electricity from the team’s veteran leader though, there hasn’t been a single goal to speak of. The chances just weren’t there against the defense of Les Bleus in the last match, and a crushing 0-2 score line was the end result. That means that now, it will be to Shevchenko to most likely go the full 90 minutes once again to get the job done in what should be quite the massive offensive attack against England.

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England vs. Ukraine Match Preview & Analysis: The Brits have been known to have some breakdowns at the back, but we don’t think that they are going to be in the worst shape in the world in this one. They are clearly the better of these two teams, and though there might be a moment of brilliance coming out of Shevchenko in what very well could be his last international match for his country, we just don’t think that it is going to be enough.

England vs. Ukraine Punting Tip: England -0.5 (+120) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

England vs. Ukraine Score Prediction: England 2 –Ukraine 1

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Jack Wilshire has always been a big time soccer nut in England. He has been an avid follower of Norwich for his entire life, and spent many years living right near Carrow Road. Jack has moved to Portland, OR, and though he is thousands of miles away from his team, he still keeps his finger on the pulse of all things involving the English Premier League.

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