Finishing all square with the co-hosts is well within the Three Lions’ grasp and that outcome can be backed at 12/5 (Sky Bet free £10 bet) although England could do with a handsome win considering Spain are likely to finish top of Group C.
The best odds about Roy Hodgson’s team winning in Kiev is 5/4 (Paddy Power free bets) which seems a reasonable price considering Ukraine were really poor against France and offered little in response to two early second-half goals from Les Bleus which ensured Laurent Blanc’s side cruised to an easy win.
It seems almost inevitable that Wayne Rooney will start Tuesday’s game and the Manchester United striker will be fresh as a daisy when he steps on to the competitive field of play for the first time in a month. There will be a flood of money for the forward who is 11/2 (bet365) to score the first goal of the game.
If Rooney does play, then it’s likely that Andy Carroll will make way, especially as Danny Welbeck has started both previous Group D games and bagged the winner against the Swedes with a smartly-taken finish that made a poor cross from Theo Walcott into a goalscoring opportunity. Welbeck looks a decent price at 15/2 to score first.
The Ukraine have to go for broke in this match and did create plenty of chances in their opener against Sweden, with Oleh Blokhin’s side probably encouraged by the way England crumbled at the start of the second half last Friday which saw Hodgson’s men trail 2-1 before a rousing comeback.
Andriy Shevchenko is clearly an important player for his national team although the former Milan striker may well miss the game with a knee injury although he can be backed at 8/1 to score first should he recover in time to face the English.
Aside from that aberration against the Swedes which saw England concede twice to Olaf Mellberg efforts, the defence has looked reasonably stout and it’s clear that they will have worked hard on defending set pieces after shipping twice on Friday.
The 1-0 correct score in England’s favour is a 15/2 chance, with bet365 going 10/1 that the Three Lions win by a 2-0 scoreline. If you fancy Rooney to catch fire and potentially get into the Golden Boot reckoning, with bet365 going 50/1 about the Manchester United man scoring a hat-trick and he will be pumped up against the co-hosts.