Ukraine vs Belgium Prediction: De Bruyne to guide Belgium to knockouts

 | Tuesday 25th June 2024, 14:11pm

Tuesday 25th June 2024, 14:11pm

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The closely-contested Group E comes to a head on Wednesday evening (17:00, live on BBC One) as Ukraine and Belgium will battle it out to qualify for the knockout stages.

We could be set for a fantastic couple of hours of drama as all four teams are on three points after two rounds of fixtures. Read on for my Ukraine vs Belgium preview, as well as the latest team news and match odds.

Ukraine vs Belgium Betting Tips

  • Belgium to win to nil @ 15/8
  • Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime @ 9/4
  • Correct Score - Belgium win 2-0 @ 15/2

The mathematics for Group E are relatively simple - the winners of Ukraine vs Belgium and Slovakia vs Romania will finish in the top two. The losers will be eliminated, unless one can sneak through as one of the best third-place finishers.

If this game ends in a draw and there is a winner in the other match, Belgium would advance in second place on goal difference. Yet there is little chance of the Red Devils settling for a point here. Dominic Tedesco's side got off to a poor start at Euro 2024, losing 1-0 to Slovakia on matchday one before crucially getting back on track against Romania last time out.

Ukraine are bottom of the group heading into Wednesday’s showdown, yet their fate remains in their own hands. A come-from-behind 2-1 defeat of Slovakia last time out moved them level on points with the three other teams in Group E, setting up this grandstand finish.

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Team News

Ukraine will be hoping that Everton defender Vitaliy Mykolenko is fit after missing their opening two games with a foot injury.

After netting the winner against Romania, Roman Yaremchuk may be recalled to the starting XI.

As for Belgium, Dodi Lukebakio is suspended for one match after receiving two yellow cards in separate games, which could open the door for Leandro Trossard's return to the lineup.

Ukraine vs Belgium Odds

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Belgium are favourites for this crucial Group E clash at 4/6 - or a theoretical chance of 60%. Ukraine can be backed at 18/5, giving them an implied win probability of 21.7%.

The draw is available at 16/5, while if you fancy both teams to score, that is priced up at 8/11.

Belgium to win to nil @ 15/8

Belgium played well without scoring against Slovakia but they responded accordingly with a 2-0 win over Romania.

Tedesco’s side should prove too strong for Ukraine, who lost 3-0 to the Romanians in their opener and they fell behind to Slovakia early on before turning the game on its head.

I think that Belgium can fly out of the traps in this clash and take control of the game early doors - they've also won to nil in three of their last four games.

Belgium to win to nil at 15-8

Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime @ 9/4

Manchester City's talisman scored in the victory against Romania, and seems to be playing more of a direct attacking role than he's used to at club level.

The 32-year-old has matched Romelu Lukaku’s tally of eight shots at the tournament so far and given that he’s outscored the former Manchester United striker, De Bruyne looks like the standout goalscorer option for his encounter.

De Bruyne anytime scorer at 9-4

Correct Score - Belgium win 2-0 @ 15/2

I'm opting for a 2-0 Belgium win in this game.

As mentioned above, the Red Devils have won to nil in three of their last four outings, and I believe they'll aim to shock Ukraine with a fast start on Wednesday.

Belgium were comfortable winners in both warm-up friendlies heading into the tournament, and having bounced back from their shock loss to Slovakia, they’re worthy favourites in this clash.

Belgium to win 2-0 at 15-2

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