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Euro Group E: Belgium Favored, But Can Ukraine Upset?

Belgium stands out as a frontrunner, eager to shake off its unexpected early exit from the 2022 World Cup. The Euro predictions you’ll find here are the freshest, adapted to the upcoming tournament.

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Euro Group E: Belgium Favored, But Can Ukraine Upset?
Belgium's defender #05 Killian Sardella/BRUNO FAHY / AFP

 

Is Belgium the Clear Favorite to Win Group A?

With their golden generation of players perhaps at the twilight of their peak years, Belgium still possesses quality and experience, the perfect combo for a deep tournament run.

They moved beyond their golden generation and replaced Roberto Martinez with Domenico Tedesco, a 38-year-old who is one of the youngest current international managers.

They had a disappointing World Cup campaign, failing to exit their group, and will be looking to put things right in a group that includes playoff winners Ukraine, surprise package Romania, and a solid Slovakian side.

The addition of Ukraine certainly bolsters the group, with the remaining three teams set to compete for two potential spots in the round of 16. Slovakia and Romania are two nations laced with youth that lack experience at the highest level.

Despite this, it’s hard to ignore the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku within the Belgian squad. We think this could be a case of the other teams sharing the spoils against each other, leaving Belgium to take advantage and top the group.

 

 


Their wealth of talent and the lessons learned from past disappointments make them strong favorites to win the group at -250 according to the latest soccer odds.

On top of that, if you love your player props you should back Romelu Lukaku to score many goals during the Euro 2024 with the Belgium striker being the top scorer in the qualifiers.

 

Dark Horse Bet: Can Ukraine Shock Belgium?

Reaching the Euros is Ukraine’s chance to come together again on an international stage, and serve as a reminder of sorts.

Ukraine will instantly become many fans’ second favorite team in Germany this summer and a potential Cinderella right off the bat.

The Ukrainian national team has been forced to train and play outside the country since February 2022. Ukraine narrowly missed out on a berth at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar but made it through the Euro 2024 play-offs to secure a place at the European Championship for only the fourth time in the country’s history.

Heorhiy Sudakov, who created both goals against Iceland, is a playmaker of rare vision. Mykhailo Mudryk is a winger on the cusp of detonation, whose winning goal could be a kind of catalyst.

 


With Andriy Lunin of Real Madrid and Anatoliy Trubin of Benfica, they can boast not one but two world-class goalkeepers. The strikers Artem Dovbyk, La Liga’s top scorer, and Roman Yaremchuk were cleverly rotated by Rebrov during the qualifiers.

Ukraine will need to strike a certain balance. For all their quality they have often blown hot and cold during qualification, juddering between extreme competence and extreme incompetence.

They are technically good enough to compete for long periods and emotionally driven enough to hit peaks few teams can live with.

They shouldn’t have any problems picking up three points against Romania and at least 1 point from Slovakia so we can see them reach the knock-out stages. If you’re betting online you should definitely expect them to score at least once in every single game, even against Belgium.

The spirit they demonstrated in Euro 2020 is a testament to their resilience and determination to compete against all odds. They never know when to quit, and their presence ensures that Group E won’t have any easy matches.

 

 

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