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Ukraine vs Belgium Euro 2024 Prediction: Red Devils to Finish Job in Group E

Ukraine vs Belgium Euro 2024 Prediction: Red Devils to Finish Job in Group E

Ukraine and Belgium meet in Stuttgart for the final match of Euro 2024 Group E

Ukraine vs Belgium Euro 2024 Prediction: Red Devils to finish the job?

Ukraine vs Belgium Latest Prediction

With this the final match of Group E, it could prove vital to the hopes of both nations at his summer’s European Championships.

Of course, having already faced Romania and Slovakia prior to this match, Belgium will be hoping to already have six points on the board, asserting their dominance as group favourites while also allowing Domenico Tedesco the chance to rest a few key players and give some lesser lights a run.

But Belgium must be careful. If there’s any doubt left regarding their qualification to the knockout rounds — don’t forget that they exited the 2022 World Cup at the group stage — they’ll need to be at their best against a Ukraine side that not only reached the quarter-finals of the last Euros, but also mixed it well in an incredibly tough qualifying group.

Serhiy Rebrov’s men finished third on 14 points during qualifying, despite being drawn against both Euro 2020 finalists Italy and England. It took the Nations League to get Ukraine here, but they’ve proven they can mix it with the best and will fancy their chances of entering this match with six points on the board just as much as Belgium.

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Ukraine Latest Team News

Ukraine have an exciting group of attacking players, many of whom are young and in good or better form. Indeed, many of the players have become household names in the UK due to playing in the Premier League. Oleksandr Zinchenko has patrolled the left flank of the Premier League’s best for a decade or so, but the Ukraine captain is deployed in midfield for his country, which allows Everton’s Vitaly Mykolenko to bomb up and down the left.

Mykailo Mudryk is a big goal threat with his pace, Viktor Tsygankov has been the provider extraordinaire for Girona’s surprise La Liga title bid, where he has a great partnership with Artem Dovbyk, who leads the Pichichi standings in Spain at the time of writing.

Georgiy Sudakov and Illya Zabarnyi have made superb starts to their careers as well, and at only 21, they are the future of this team moving forwards. Indeed, there is a good mix of experience and exciting youth in this Ukraine squad. Even the goalkeepers have strength in depth with Bushchan, the former No.1, making way for both Andriy Lunin, currently excelling for Real Madrid, and Benfica’s No.1 Anatoliy Trubin.

Belgium Latest Team News

There’s no denying that the second coming of Belgium’s Golden Generation has let them down a little. For a nation that has been ranked inside Fifa’s top five for a whole decade, they have just a single third place at a World Cup to show for it.

Some of their big players from this generation are still burning quite brightly. Kevin De Bruyne has demonstrated his class again for Manchester City this season, and Romelu Lukaku dominated European Championships Qualification with over two goals per 90 minutes in the campaign, but the supplementation of these established stars with some breaking talents looks to be helping Belgium maintain their standards.

We can expect De Bruyne’s teammate Jeremy Doku and Arsenal’s Leandro Trossard to battle over the wide left spot, with Johan Bakayoko to get the nod on the other side of Lukaku and De Bruyne.  There will be legs and tough tackling in the midfield with Nottm Forest’s Mangala in there alongside, potentially, Aster Vranckx, or possibly Everton’s Amadou Onana.

Jan Vertonghen still leads the Belgian defence, 154 caps and counting, but he does have younger legs arouns him in Leicester’s Wout Faes, Fulham’s Timothy Castagne, and Arthur Theate. With the injury to Thibault Courtois, Belgium do have a question mark in goal. Forest’s Mats Sels is in decent shape to play, but Koen Casteels could be given the nod instead. Luton’s Thomas Kaminski made his senior Belgian debut this season too.

Ukraine vs Belgium Head to Head

This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between these two nations.

How to watch Ukraine vs Belgium Live

Ukraine vs Belgium kicks off on Tuesday, 26th June, at 6pm (UK time) and will be broadcast live in the UK on the BBC.

Every game at Euro 2024 will be shown live on either BBC or ITV.