England 2-0 Ukraine – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. The market had England as a clear favourite for the game @ 1.28 and the home nation won extremely easily, befitting of their odds to be precise.
Ukraine looked like a disjointed side and was well off the team which outplayed Scotland and merited more against Wales in the playoff game. In short, the lack of competitive football since then has seriously hurt them. Fair score 3-0.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. England -1.5 was @ 1.83 and won this very comfortably.
It could have been a 3 or more goal margin of a win had England sought more goals. England dropped their level of intensity though, especially at 2-0, as outlined in the preview could well occur.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The line is set at 2.75 and overs looked good but England’s lack of ambition and intensity in the second half led to a pedestrian game once it got to 2-0. (Overs then was around 1.28 so could have been traded for a nice profit)
It petered out to the extent that fans could have left on 70 minutes and missed nothing. The Under won @ 1.91.
England was impressive and dominant in the first half. They scored two goals in three minutes and then managed the lead well, cruising to a 2-0 win at Wembley.
England was confident and superior in all areas, able to completely ease up in the second half and yet keep Ukraine at bay easily.
Had England continued to seek goals and not dropped their intensity levels and interest, it could have been a much bigger win.
Ukraine was poor, disjointed, and lacking ideas, in short, it was apparent they lack competitive matches.
Harry Kane continued to rack up his England goal tally with England’s opening goal. This kickstarted the Three Lions’ eleventh successive home win in qualification.
England was well off the pace and quality shown in Naples early in this match. That said, they never looked in any danger of being troubled by a Ukrainian side that focused on keeping it 0-0.
The host was lethargic compared to Thursday night’s impressive win over Italy.
England took almost 25 minutes to create the first opening when Kane’s complete air shot from close range flew over.
The spurs striker soon made amends as he found his scoring touch. Kane was quickest to react to Bukayo Saka’s cross at the back post to make it 1-0.
Ukraine dropped their heads and the provider of the opener turned goal scorer two minutes later.
The Arsenal winger Saka had the beating of the left back all game and he beat his man before curling into the top corner, doubling England’s advantage and sealing a win.
For a while, one may have expected the result to get worse for the visitors, but England was almost sympathetic in their approach to Ukraine.
The English side made subs but lacked the desire and effort to score more goals in the second period.
The only notable point was that Ivan Toney made his England debut, though he may as well have stayed on the bench as there was no desire for more goals.
The Brentford man barely touched the ball and was forced to watch on as his side kept the ball in their half.