Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
All eyes will be on Tarczynski Arena when Ukraine and England go head to head in a highly-anticipated EURO 2024 qualifier. The Ukrainians aim to build on back-to-back wins over North Macedonia (3-2) and Malta (1-0), but they face a tough challenge against the Group C leaders. Experienced forward Andriy Yarmolenko should keep his place in the starting XI despite failing to convert a penalty kick against Malta, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team. Anyhow, home win should not be considered as Saturday’s game will be played in Wroclaw, Poland due to current political crisis in Ukraine.
The Three Lions, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record intact in the European Championship qualifiers and seeing that Gareth Southgate can count on key players for the September international window, we are tempted to put our money on Harry Kane and Co. Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has received his first England call-up.
Highlighted Player (Harry Kane):
Widely regarded as one of England’s best strikers at the moment, Harry Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 21 Premier League goals during the 2014/2015 campaign to be voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
The highly rated striker went on to surpass that achievement the following season as he helped Tottenham Hotspur mount a serious title challenge for the first time in club’s recent history and he made seamless transition to international football. Kane scored four goals in his first ten appearances for England to prove he was here to stay and at the same time established himself as a first choice striker in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of the Euro 2016 finals.
Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, but it was some outstanding goals from distance as well as link-up play with teammates that earned him an excellent reputation in world football. Kane is expected to lead both Tottenham and England in years to come, that is if he can resist the lure of top European clubs that continue to cast admiring glances his way.
Highlighted Team (Ukraine):
After the country had gained independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine played their first international match in 1992, and they have come a long way since. Zbirna have only once played at the World Cup finals so far, and they did really well to reach the quarter-finals in 2006, while they co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Poland, albeit failing to get past the group stage.
The generation that secured qualification for the Euro 2016 finals in France is arguably the most talented ever, with Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Rotan and Roman Zozulya the leading players, but plenty more talent present in Mikhail Fomenko’s squad.
Similar to the trademark style of former Soviet teams, Ukraine bases their tactics on rock-solid defence and swift counter-attacks, but it has to be noted that Zbirna possess a lot more technical skills and attacking potential than most other former Russian republics. Everything suggests that the most successful period in the history of the national team is ahead of them.