At the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday evening, Ukraine will meet England in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
Both teams will be anxious to win in order to go to the Euro 2020 semi-finals, with England having not been that far since 1996 and Ukraine having never advanced that far before.
With both teams riding high after victories over Germany and Sweden, this could be a more difficult match to predict than many expect.
Will England or Ukraine qualify for the Euro 2020 semi-finals?
England vs. Ukraine Head-to-Head
Ukraine made it through a difficult group that comprised the Netherlands, Austria, and North Macedonia, but not in style.
Andriy Shevchenko’s team lost two games but advanced to the knockout stages thanks to a single win as the tournament’s fourth-best third-placed team.
Few anticipated Ukraine to beat Sweden, but with the game tied at 1-1 and Sweden down to ten men, Artem Dovbyk’s 121st-minute goal was enough to send Ukraine into the quarter-finals.
England fans, meanwhile, were dissatisfied with their team’s performances in the group stage, despite Gareth Southgate’s side claiming two victories and a draw without surrendering a goal.
The victory over Germany on Tuesday, though, was far more spectacular. With strikes from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, the Three Lions shut down the 2014 World Cup victors and ran out deserving winners.
Southgate must now ensure that his team does not become swept up in the media frenzy. Ukraine is a less visible adversary than Germany, but they are no less dangerous at this time.
This will, however, be a difficult match for Ukraine, since they have had a bad record against England in the past.
They have have one win over the Three Lions, which came in a dead-rubber World Cup qualifier against Fabio Capello’s side in 2009. However, they’ve lost four of their last seven matches, including a 1-0 loss at Euro 2012.
The last time the two sides met was in a 2014 World Cup qualifier, which ended in a 0-0 draw.
Team News for Ukraine vs. England
Following a major knee injury suffered in a match against Sweden earlier this week, Ukraine forward Artem Besedin will miss this encounter. Denys Popov is also out, while Andriy Yarmolenko and Oleksandr Zubkov are both questionable.
Artem Besedin and Denys Popov have been injured.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Oleksandr Zubkov are both doubtful.
No one has been suspended.
Southgate has no injuries to worry about heading into this match, but he may choose to rest Declan Rice and Kieran Trippier after they were both injured against Germany. Kalvin Phillips and Harry Maguire are both on the verge of being suspended after receiving a booking.
No one was hurt.
None of them are certain.
No one has been suspended.
Predicted XI for Ukraine vs. England
Georgi Bushchan, Illia Zabarnyi, Serhii Kryvtsov, Mykola Matvienko, Oleksandr Karavaev, Mykola Shaparenko, Taras Stepanenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Artem Dovbyk, Roman Yaremchuk, Taras Stepanenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Oleksandr Zinchenko
Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jack Grealish; England predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jack Grealish
England vs. Ukraine Prediction
England will be huge favorites going into this encounter, but it will be intriguing to see how they fare away from Wembley for the first time in the competition.
Ukraine will be a difficult opponent for them, although they may be exhausted following their exertions against Sweden on Tuesday, and their defense did not look particularly strong during the group stages.
With that in mind, another tight victory for England appears to be the most likely result.
Ukraine 0-2 England is my prediction.