England v Ukraine (7.45pm KO, Live on ITV1)

England go into the game knowing that a draw will be good enough to book  them a place in the quarter-finals, and that outcome is a 3.4 shot with Boylesports.

The Three Lions can be backed at a top priced 2.25 with Paddy  Power to do it in style with a victory, while Ukraine are 3.7 shots in a  game which they must go through to the last 8 at the expense of Roy Hodgson’s  men.

The co-hosts will be fired up beyond belief and it’s going to be no  cake-walk for England if they defend like they did in their 3-2 win over  Sweden.

The good news however is that striker Wayne Rooney is set to be named in  England’s starting XI, having served his two-match suspension .

The Manchester United striker is likely to replace Liverpool’s Andy  Carroll, who scored the opening goal in the 3-2 win over Sweden.

Rooney is fresh and hungry to get stuck in, and it’s easy to see him  getting on the scoresheet given that the Ukraine defence has looked vulnerable  to say the least.

He is 6.5 chance with bet365 to score  first, and that certainly looks a decent price as does the 2.6 with the same  firm for him to net anytime.

His United team mate Danny Welbeck, who scored a sublime back-heel winner  in their 3-2 win over Sweden, is an 8.5 shot to carry on where he left off and  bag the opener with Paddy  Power and 3.5 with the Irish firm in their anytime market.

Theo Walcott, who scored the second goal against the Swedes, is doubtful to  make the line-up suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in training on  Sunday but his absence is nothing compared to the possibility that Andriy  Shevchenko may miss the match for Ukraine.

The 35-year-old striker is struggling with a left knee problem sustained in  the 2-1 win over Sweden and team doctor Leonid Myronov says the former Chelsea  striker has a “50-50 chance” of featuring.

He is the major weapon in their side, and in his absence it’s hard to see  Ukraine providing any real threat upfront.

If he doesn’t start then England really should be good enough to win this  comfortably, and the 2.25 on offer with Paddy  Power would look very generous.

I think, whether he starts or not, that they will emerge victorious and  fancy them to win either 2-0 or 2-1.

The former is an 11 chance with bet365, Betfred and Paddy  Power while the latter is a 9 chance with the same trio of  firms.




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