England v Ukraine – betting tips, plus Walcott and Chamberlain

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

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is doubtful to make the line-up having suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in training on Sunday.

The winger appeared to tweak his hamstring in their 3-2 win over Sweden but was able to continue in a game-changing display that saw him come off the bench to equalise and set up the winning goal.

That put him in contention to start in this but Roy Hodgson has strongly hinted that would not risk him unless he could be sure the 23-year-old would not break down during such a vital game.

England go into the contest 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.

England should be capable of scoring in this, whereas their opponents will struggle to do so if Andriy Shevchenko doesn’t start

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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