Should the Three Lions fail to win, Mykhaylo Fomenko’s men would move into first place in Group H by coming out on top at the Metalist Stadium, and are 4/5 (1.80) favourites with Betway to fulfil their side of the bargain.
However, with their own qualification dreams still very much alive, the Biale Orly are available at 17/5 (4.40) to leapfrog the hosts with all three points prior to Tuesday’s trip to Wembley.
Although unbeaten away from home on the road to Brazil, the visitors have settled for draws in both Montenegro and Moldova, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them earning a share of the spoils in this one.
Any thoughts of reaching Brazil seemed like a pipe dream for the Yellow-Blue after they scored just one goals and collected just two points from their first three games against England, Moldova and Montenegro.
However, Oleg Blokhin’s resignation following the opening draw with England has proved a blessing in disguise, as Fomenko has reinvigorated the team into one that has collected 12 points from the last 15 available, scoring 18 goals in the process.
Including friendlies, the 65-year-old has overseen six wins and two draws during his time at the helm, and having secured a 3-1 victory in Poland in his first competitive match, he will be confident of achieving the right result on Friday.
Having only beaten San Marino in their last eight qualifiers on the road, Waldemar Fornalik’s men will be up against it when they face a Ukrainian side who have conceded just twice in eight games under the new manager, and those 4/5 (1.80) odds are not to be missed on this one finishing in a home win.
|Ukraine to win for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with Betway
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