England and Ukraine face off on Tuesday in a match that could have huge ramifications for how Group H shakes out in qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
These two sides have grown very familiar with one another over the past year and a half.
They faced off at the 2012 European Championship group stage, with England winning 1-0 and sending co-hosts Ukraine out. Then it took a Frank Lampard penalty in the 87th minute to salvage a draw for England when they hosted Ukraine at Wembley in the teams' first meeting in qualification.
Only one point separates the two countries in the group, and Ukraine will be looking to get revenge for their exit at Euro 2012.
Here's a quick preview for this massive qualifying fixture.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 2:45 p.m. ET; 7:45 BST
Where: Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
TV: GolTV (USA); ITV (UK)
Live Stream: ITV Player
Odds (courtesy of Paddy Power)
Ukraine Win: 8/5
England Win: 9/5
Top Storyline: Who Will Top the Group?
England sit first in Group H on goal differential. They're level on points with Montenegro and one point ahead of Ukraine. With so little time left in the qualification period, getting to the top of the group now would be critical.
The Three Lions can maintain their grip with a win or a draw against Ukraine. They cannot afford to drop too many points, as they have Montenegro and Poland in their final two matches.
For Ukraine, beating England would be huge. It would really put them in the driver's seat in Group H, as they would only have to beat Poland at home and San Marino to ensure they finish top of the group.
Boy, England sure looked great against Moldova, didn't they?
It's what the Three Lions have done all throughout qualifying. They've bullied the lesser sides and had a lot of trouble against Poland, Montenegro and Ukraine. It's going to be the same story here.
Not having Wayne Rooney will be a big loss. Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck will also be out to make matters worse. England will struggle to find that cutting edge, relying on Rickie Lambert and Jermain Defoe. They shouldn't have much trouble controlling the midfield, as Ukraine will likely play a defensive style and look to break on the counter. It won't matter if they cannot score.
Against an organized Ukrainian defense, the Three Lions will have a hard time. The hosts sneak a goal to get their sweet revenge and throw England into a national panic.
Ukraine 1, England 0
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