England won't hold back in quest for perfect 10

<strong>UKRAINE </strong>vs <strong>ENGLAND</strong><br /><br />TOMORROW 5.15PM<br /><br />FABIO CAPELLO has succeeded where his predecessor failed and navigated England to a major Championship at his first attempt, with few dramas and a couple of games to spare.<br /><br />Although the Three Lions would be entitled to take it easy in the first of these &lsquo;dead rubbers&rsquo;, it&rsquo;s a must-win for Shevchenko and co if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the World Cup. However, we should expect anything but a relaxed approach from England. The fiercely-competitive Don Fabio will hate the thought of blotting his unblemished qualification copy book and is likely to pick a full strength side, while the players themselves will be trying to impress to secure their inclusion in the 2010 squad.<br /><br />The hosts have gone an impressive W10-D4-L2 in their last 16 home matches, but a change of venue from their regular home of Kiev&rsquo;s 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium (which is being renovated to host the 2012 Euro Championship final) to the 30,000 Dnipro Arena tomorrow should suit England&rsquo;s Premier League stars. Besides, Ukraine&rsquo;s record when hosting higher-ranked teams (according to Bettorlogic&rsquo;s ratings) is a less notable W1-D3-L2, since 2004. With this all seemingly in the visitors&rsquo; favour, the 13/8 available with Boylesports for an England victory looks too good to turn down.<br /><br />There also seems to be little downside in buying total goals for the match at 2.5 with Sporting Index. Minus the added pressure of a large audience of expectant TV viewers back home we can expect Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard &ndash; all of whom scored against Croatia last time out &ndash; to fully exploit any gaps left behind as Ukraine look to better their 2-1 Wembley defeat and chase the second group place.<br /><br /><strong>POINTERS...</strong><br />England to win at 13/8 with Boylesports<br />Buy total goals at 2.5 with Sporting Index<br /><br /><strong>REP. OF IRELAND</strong> vs <strong>ITALY</strong><br /><br />TOMORROW 8PM, SKY SPORTS 2<br /><br />THERE&rsquo;S much more on the line for Ireland&rsquo;s Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni in his team&rsquo;s qualifier against his countrymen. The Irish can still top their group and avoid the tricky play-off rounds should they beat the Azzurri tomorrow night.<br /><br />Even though the need for a result would suggest Ireland will go for broke against the defensively-minded Italians, Bettorlogic&rsquo;s historical analysis suggests it will be tight, at least until the break. In their nine competitive matches at home to teams ranked 1-20 (Bettorlogic rankings, Italy ranked five) since 1993, Ireland have been level at half-time in eight and it has been goalless at half-time in seven.<br /><br />Similarly, six of the Azzurri&rsquo;s 12 competitive matches against teams with a comparable ranking to Ireland (26) in the same period have been 0-0 at the break making the 11/8 on offer with William Hill for no goals in the first 45minutes an attractive option. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw back in April and I can&rsquo;t see any more goals being scored at Croke Park. A sell of goals at 2.1 with Sporting Index looks the correct spread bet.<br /><br /><strong>POINTERS...</strong><br />No first half goals at 11/8 with William Hill<br />Sell total goals at 2.1 with Sporting Index