Euro2012 betting preview: England v Ukraine

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England bid to book their place in the quarter-finals against Ukraine tonight (7.45pm KO, Live on ITV1) and they are a top priced 6/5 with Ladbrokes and Stan James to get the job done.

The Three Lions go into the game knowing that a draw will be good enough to book them a place in the last eight, and that outcome is a general 12/5 chance.

However 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 where John terry’s lack of pace was clear for all to see.

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 11/2 with  Coral and Stan James to score first, and that certainly looks a decent price and worth a punt, as does the 33/20 with sportingbet about him to net anytime.

The main threat to the England back-line will definitely come from Andriy Shevchenko who is struggling with a left knee problem but expected to be in the starting X1.

If they can keep the 35-year-old striker at bay then they really should be good enough to win this.

I fancy England to win 2-0 or 2-1 and those scoreline can be backed at 10/1 with Coral and 17/2 with BetVictor respectively.

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