Ukraine vs Belgium Preview: Romelu Lukaku against VAR in the Decisive Match of Group E

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
25 June 2024, 10:51

Ukraine vs Belgium

Taking place at the Stuttgart Arena, this match is crucial as all four teams in the group are tied on three points each, making the final matchday decisive for progression to the knockout stages. Belgium, ranked third in the world by FIFA, and Ukraine, known for their versatility, will both be aiming for a win to secure a top-two finish and advance to the Round of 16. Belgium enters the match as the favourites according to Ukraine vs Belgium odds, having bounced back from a surprising 1-0 defeat to Slovakia with a 2-0 victory over Romania. Ukraine, on the other hand, recovered from an initial loss to Romania by defeating Slovakia 2-1. Both teams have shown their ability to respond under pressure, setting the stage for an intense clash. 

Ukraine Team News

Ukraine has demonstrated a commendable fighting spirit in Euro 2024, particularly in their comeback victory against Slovakia. The goals from Mykola Shaparenko and Roman Yaremchuk brought Ukraine back to the fighting for the playoffs. In the upcoming match, as the crucial game for the Ukraine's hopes, Serhiy Rebrov may consider tactical adjustments to enhance Ukraine's chances against Belgium. The team's defensive solidity will be crucial in countering Belgium's attack. It is likely that Ukraine's ability to maintain composure and capitalise on counter-attacks through the speed of Mykhaylo Mudryk could be key to their potential success. However, the team allowed both Romania and Slovakia a lot of room for manoeuvre, which is unacceptable when facing Belgium.

Belgium Team News

Belgium, under the guidance of head coach Domenico Tedesco, has shown notable resilience in this Euro 2024 campaign. Despite an unexpected loss to Slovakia, they quickly regained their form with a convincing win over Romania. Kevin De Bruyne, who has been directly involved in 31 goals in his last 32 appearances for Belgium, remains a pivotal figure. His playmaking abilities and leadership on the field will be crucial for Belgium's success. Romelu Lukaku, despite having three goals disallowed by VAR, which will be addressed in the Ukraine vs Belgium prediction, continues to be a significant threat in the attacking third. Belgium's defence, anchored by experienced players like Jan Vertonghen, will need to be vigilant against Ukraine's dynamic forwards. The absence of key players like Axel Witsel and Dodi Lukébakio due to injuries poses challenges, but Belgium's depth and experience in major tournaments provide them with a competitive edge.

Ukraine vs Belgium Prediction

Belgium to Win

Ukraine provided its fans with hopes after an impressive comeback in the match against Slovakia but the team is quite unlucky that it has to face Belgium in the decisive round of the group stage. After a surprising defeat to Slovakia, the Red Devils do not allow themselves the poor defensive display and look quite concentrated. Moreover, Belgium has scored three disallowed goals, showing that their seeming problems in the attack are quite exaggerated. In this regard, Ukraine, with its poor defensive quality and continuous mistakes in the midfield are not the favourable side. This Ukraine vs Belgium tip can be picked at 1.65 at MrPlay.

Total Belgium Corners First Half Over 2.5

Belgium clearly aims for the most active start of the match in order to deprive the opponent from any chances and lower their morale with a quick goal. The similar scenario was used against Romania, with a goal in the second minute and complete domination in the first 45 minutes. Despite this, the team managed to score the second goal only in the end of the match, but Tedesco’s aspirations for such strategy are obvious. This starting determination brought 7 corners for Belgium in the first half against Romania, and given the situation in the group, where it is crucial to win, it is well-expected that we will see a similar display in the upcoming game as well. This outcome comes at 1.73 at MrPlay.

Romelu Lukaku to Score 

Lukaku can be indeed called the most unlucky forward of this tournament, having once again his goal to be disallowed in the match against Slovakia. However, he again proved that he is the most dangerous Belgium attacker, having an assist and several more shots on target. With his disallowed goals are becoming quite a joke even within the team, as rumoured, he is clearly opting for opening his account in the upcoming game. Lukaku’s composure and ability to create chances can bring a lot of trouble for the vulnerable Ukrainian defence. This outcome comes at 1.99 at MrPlay.

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