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England unlikely to have it all their own way against Ukraine

| 10.09.2012

England’s trouncing of Moldova should not have punters expecting a downpour of goals at Wembley.

Ukraine are up next for the Three Lions and, with recent records suggesting a scrappy one is on the cards, Ladbrokes have a 1-0 home win priced at 11/2.

The three prior renewals between these two have been decided by the single goal; the most recent being England’s controversial win at last summer’s Euros.

Ukraine have major issues in the final third and, discounting two wins against minnows Andorra, have failed to score in their last four qualifying games. This barren spell continued at the Euros where they only managed to find the net in one of the three games played.

This one game was a 2-1 win over Sweden and both goals were scored by the now retired Andrei Shevchenko.

With their last run out, a friendly against the Czech Republic, ending in a 0-0 stalemate, the most obvious question Ukrainian coach Oleh Blokhin will need to find an answer to is who is going to score their goals?

England looked like world-beaters as they mercilessly pummelled a vastly inferior side into the Chisinau dirt last time out and should be dying to have a go at the toothless Ukrainians.

However, their home form has left a lot to be desired in recent seasons and it’s hard to envisage an easy ride here.

Four from five England outings at the home of football have ended 1-0 to the hosts, with the anomaly in this sequence being a reverse to the Dutch which was also settled by just one goal.

Yet, with one defeat in 18 alongside Ukraine’s goalscoring struggles, anything other than a victory for the home side will come as something of a surprise which is what makes 1-0 England the most appealing of correct score selections.

If you wish to widen your net, England can be backed at a generous 6/5 to win to nil, whereas it’s 4/6 for one team to score at Wembley and an England win by one goal is priced at 11/4.

All odds and markets correct as of the time of publication



James Middleton