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Eight teams have reached the quarterfinals after a round of 16 reversed. Unexpected results and exciting comebacks have been the story so far. Teams expected to be in the quarters have been eliminated. The quarter-finals will soon begin, as England and Ukraine were the last teams to qualify and will meet in the quarter-finals.

England’s performance at Wembley against a dismal German team has brought them one step closer to the coveted trophies. While some criticize Gareth Southgate’s approach to team setup, his approach appears to be working so far. The Germans never really tested England. A five-man defensive line with the addition of two additional defensive midfielders blocked England’s goal from any looming German threat.

They will be eager for another solid performance against Ukraine, a match they are expected to win. However, having witnessed some incredible victories thus far, neither fans nor players will take this match lightly. England will have to be vigilant against Ukraine.

Ukraine’s only win against North Macedonia gave them a ticket to the round of 16. They faced Sweden in the round of 16 in what was another exciting match. The game could have been tipped either way with Sweden hitting the post more times than the back of the net. The game seemed to go to penalties until a last minute winner from Artem Dovbyk. Ukraine will have to improve their game if they hope to advance to the semi-finals against England.

TEAM NEWS

Ukraine does not have any major injury problems in the round of 16. Artem Besyedin is still not allowed to play after his unfortunate injury against Sweden. It will be interesting to see if they have the same 3-5-2 formation that they had against Sweden or if they will return to the 4-3-3 that they used in the group stage.

Courtesy; Ukrainian Football Association / Twitter

INITIAL PROBABLE ALIGNMENT OF UKRAINEBushchan; Matviyenko, Kryvtsov, Zabaryi; Zinchencko, Shaparenko, Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Karavaeyev; Yaremchuk, Yarmolenko

England still face some injury issues and will have to manage the team to some degree. Gareth Southgate seems to have put his faith in Sterling and Kane and the duo will start on the side once again. Despite having a significant impact when replaced, Jack Grealish has yet to appear in the starting XI. Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Mason Mount, Jordan Henderson, Ben Chilwell and Kalvin Philips all face minor injury issues. However, at least a part of these names will probably start the match against Ukraine.

LIKELY INITIAL LINEUP OF ENGLAND Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Philips, Rice, Shaw; Sterling, Kane, Grealish

GAME CHANGERS

LUKE SHAW

England have yet to concede a Euro goal and are the only team to hold that record so far. They have been solid at the back and have had few scares so far in the tournament. While there hasn’t been any team that has done enough to push the baseline, Southgate will be happy with his team’s performance. Luke Shaw in particular has been impressive to the Three Lions. His low crusader into the uncertainty corridor from the left flank was pushed by Raheem Sterling against the Germans.

Luke Shaw will need to once again be the solid defensive presence and attacking threat on the left flank. Their precise centers will be key to defeating Ukraine in the quarterfinals. Although Raheem Sterling has scored several goals in England’s victory, his performances have not been the best. Luke Shaw, on the other hand, seems to be a threat every time he gets the ball.

If England play 3-5-2, they will have the leeway to venture deeper into attacking territory than they usually do. Ukraine’s right side will have to be more cautious and will have a lot to do when they face England.

OLEKSANDR ZINCHENKO

Although Manchester City’s Zinchenko is not Ukraine’s top scorer or supplier in the tournament, he has undoubtedly been the best player of all, especially against Sweden. A beautiful volley, hit with great power, gave his team the advantage and a good last minute cross helped Ukraine to qualify for the quarterfinals. Zinchenko has been an absolute machine on the left side and will once again be the point man.

The two left backs of the two Manchester clubs have been instrumental to their respective nations. Zinchenko’s ball control and center ability will be vital for Ukraine if he hopes to break through England’s defense.

PREDICTIONS

There has already been too much drama in the campaign. Is this another radical change in which the favorites do not live up to expectations? As much as we like to see another homeless story, the game will likely end as expected. Southgate’s pragmatic approach should lead England to the semi-finals.

FootTheBall predicts a victory for England. Ukraine 0-1 England.

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