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Slovakia vs Romania Euro 2024 Prediction: Last Chance for Group E Outsiders?

Slovakia vs Romania Euro 2024 Prediction: Last Chance for Group E Outsiders?

Slovakia and Romania go head-to-head in what could be a key final match in Euro 2024 Group E.

Slovakia vs Romania Euro 2024 Prediction: Key match for Group E outsiders?

Slovakia vs Romania Latest Prediction

Sitting alongside Belgium and a Ukraine side that mixed it with England and Italy during qualifying, it’s fair to say Slovakia and Romania are the outsiders in Group E. However, that doesn’t mean they’re here to make up the numbers or don’t have a chance of making a splash.

After all, Slovakia finished second only to Portugal in their qualifying group with just two defeats from 10 games, while Romania went unbeaten to finish above the likes of Switzerland and Israel at the summit of their section.

Both will be hoping to have at least a point on the board by the time this game rolls around, meaning a win would give them an incredibly strong chance of finishing as one of the best third-place teams. Slovakia and Romania will also feel very confident of overturning Ukraine.

Either way, this could prove to be a six-pointer right at the end of the group stage.

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Slovakia Latest Team News

Slovakia are an exceptionally competent team, as shown by winning seven of their eight matches in qualification against teams not named Portugal.

They may have lost Marek Hamzik to retirement, but there is plenty of experience in this team, many of whom have been to multiple European Championships finals.

Robert  Mak plies his trade at Sydney now but he should support Boavista’s Robert Bozenik and Lukas Haraslin in attack. Jan Kucka is 37 at this stage, so this will likely be his last major tournament, and he makes up a midfield with foul magnet Ondrej Duda, and Napoli’s Stanislav Lobotka. The defence will be led by Milan Skriniar, now at Paris St-Germain, so there is a real spine of quality, and experienced pros to this Slovakian line-up

There isn’t much by way of talented youth coming into the squad at this moment in time, so Slovakia may have to continue to rely on those experienced pros for progress in this tournament.

Romania Latest Team News

There are high hopes in Romania that they have a group of players that will lead them out of the doldrums that they have been in since the glory days of Romanian football in the 1990s. That team of Gheorghe Hagi, Dan Petrescu, Gheorghe Popescu reached the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup, as well as qualifying for every major tournament for a decade.

This new generation will be at their peak over the next few years with most of the players in their mid-to-late 20s, so they are not young, but they just have that level of experience where they could be ready to kick on. There is no real major star either, with Radu Dragusin recently moving to Tottenham Hotspur (a la Popescu and Dimitrescu of the 1990s) probably the one who is closest to fitting that bill.

The attack will be led by former Reading striker George Puskas, with support from Rangers man, currently on loan at Alaves, Ianis Hagi (son of Gheorghe), Olimpiu Morutan, and captain Nicolae Stanciu.

Goalkeeper Horatiu Moldovan signed for Atletico Madrid in January, but has yet to make his La Liga debut. The midfield and defence are solid, but with no real standout quality, bar Dragusin.

Slovakia vs Romania Head to Head

  • 14/08/13 – Romania 1-1 Slovakia – Friendly
  • 09/02/05 – Romania 2-2 Slovakia – Friendly
  • 12/02/03 – Romania 2-1 Slovakia – 4 Team Tournament
  • 25/04/01 – Romania 0-0 Slovakia – Friendly
  • 04/09/99 – Slovakia 1-5 Romania – European Championships Qualifying

Slovakia have only ever beaten Romania once in 11 previous meetings, and that came way back in August 1942 during wartime football. That said, these two haven’t faced off at all since August 2013.

How to watch Slovakia vs Romania Live

Slovakia vs Romania kicks off on Wednesday, 26th June, at 5pm (UK time) and will be broadcast live in the UK on BBC.

Every game at Euro 2024 will be shown live on either BBC or ITV, with the two platforms sharing the broadcast rights.