Euro 2024 goal time betting prediction: Expect another fast start in Cardiff

Euro 2024 qualifying finally ends this week with the three play-off finals determining which teams will take up the final places in Germany this summer. Our Euro 2024 goal time betting guide looks at when the deadlock may be broken across the matches taking place on Tuesday night.

The strongest favourites are Ukraine who are in action against Iceland in the Polish city of Wroclaw. The other two games are harder to call with Georgia bidding to reach a major tournament for the first time with a cracking atmosphere guaranteed in Tbilisi for the visit of Greece.

It’s sure to be rocking in Cardiff too as the Welsh fans brace themselves for another nerve-wracking play-off game with Poland providing the opposition this time.

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David Brooks celebrates his third minute strike against Finland – Photo by Icon Sport

Euro 2024 goal time betting prediction – Our picks

Wales vs Poland: Time of first goal 0-10” – 19/4

Poland are hoping that the top flight pedigree of the likes of Robert Lewandowski can give them the edge in their Euro 2024 play-off final. Wales though can count on home support which has served them well in recent years in big home games.

Rob Pages’s side tend to start really strong and look to feed on the energy of the crowd to put their opponents under pressure in the early stages of games. They took the lead in just the third minute through David Brooks last week against Finland to get their play-off campaign off to a flying start and went on to ease to a 4-1 victory.

They also scored in the seventh minute of their previous home game against Turkey through Neco Williams. With what is quite a youthful side, Page will be hoping his team can inject real energy into the game from the first whistle on Tuesday night and another goal in the opening 10 minutes cannot be ruled out.

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Greece eased past Kazakhstan in their semi-final – Photo by Icon Sport

Georgia vs Greece: Time of first goal 41-50” – 7/1

This is a real shot at history for Georgia. They only finished fourth in their qualifying group with eight points from eight games, but they do have some genuine quality in their ranks in the form of Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili and Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Greece are the slight favourites, but with the stakes so high and with the teams relatively unfamiliar with one another having only met twice since the Euro 2012 qualifiers, we perhaps should expect an element of caution in the early stages as the two teams try to get a feel for each other.

Georgia took the lead in their home semi-final against Luxembourg in the 40th minute last week and in the 46th minute of their home qualifier against Cyprus in October. Greece’s final qualifying group match against France also produced an opening goal in the 42nd minute so there’s certainly potential for this game to open up either side of the Half-Time whistle.

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Artem Dovbyk in action in the group – Photo by Icon Sport

Ukraine vs Iceland: Time of first goal 31-40” – 13/2

Iceland were inspired on Thursday night, winning their semi-final against Israel 4-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Albert Gudmundsson. They actually fell behind in the 31st minute of that game before staging a stunning fight back and there has tended to be a fair few goals in their recent matches with 33 in their 10 qualifying group games.

They may struggle to keep a strong Ukraine attack quiet for long periods of this game with Girona duo Artem Dovbyk and Viktor Tsyhankov providing a real goal threat that the underdogs may struggle to live with.

An opening goal at some point in the First Half certainly looks likely in this game, although it’s worth noting that Ukraine haven’t scored before the 30th minute in any of their last five matches which includes favourable fixtures against Malta and North Macedonia. 

Therefore backing an opening goal towards the end of the First Half might be the way to go in the Euro 2024 goal time betting for this game.


Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.