Slovakia vs Ukraine prediction, odds & betting tips – 21/06/2024

Slovakia and Ukraine clash on matchday two at Euro 2024 in a wide open Group E after some surprise results earlier this week. Our Slovakia vs Ukraine prediction considers whether the Ukrainians can bounce back from a desperate start to the competition.

Slovakia vs Ukraine prediction: Slovaks to score first in draw

Key stats

  • Our Slovakia vs Ukraine betting tips take into account the strong defensive record of the Slovaks in 2024 with just three goals conceded in five matches.
  • Ukraine have won just 25% of their matches at the Euros with this being their fourth appearance at the competition.
  • They had 13 attempts and 72% possession against Romania in the opening game but failed to score.

Pre-game odds and win probability: Ukraine favourites to bounce back

  • SLOVAKIA: 5/2 (3.50) – 28.6%
  • DRAW: 9/4 (3.25) – 30.8%
  • UKRAINE: 11/10 (2.10) – 47.6%

*odds from Ladbrokes, subject to change

Serhiy Rebrov’s side are the favourites according to the Slovakia vs Ukraine odds with an implied probability of 47.6% that they claim a much needed win.

It was a disaster on the opening matchday for Ukraine as they sunk to a surprise 3-0 defeat against Romania despite having the lion-share of the ball.

Slovakia rode their luck at times in their opener with two Belgian goals chalked off by VAR, but they hung on for a priceless 1-0 win thanks to Ivan Schranz’s seventh minute strike.

For more of the latest football picks, today’s betting tips feature some of the best bets from this week’s action.

Last five H2Hs: An even rivalry

Our Slovakia vs Ukraine prediction suggests we’ll get another tight game between these two. Only one of the previous eight meetings has been settled by more than a single goal with both sides claiming home wins during the 2018/19 Nations League.

UEFA Nations League 16/11/18

Slovakia

Slovakia

4
Ukraine

Ukraine

1

UEFA Nations League 09/09/18

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
Slovakia

Slovakia

0

International Match 10/11/17

Ukraine

Ukraine

2
Slovakia

Slovakia

1

Euro 2015 Qualifying 08/09/15

Slovakia

Slovakia

0
Ukraine

Ukraine

0

Euro 2014 Qualifying 08/09/14

Ukraine

Ukraine

0
Slovakia

Slovakia

1

Slovakia preview: Unchanged eleven possible after Belgium win

The Slovaks may stick with the players who stunned Belgium on matchday one. They have no notable injuries and should stick with a 4-3-3 system which may resemble 4-5-1 at times with a draw unquestionably a good result for them.

Predicted Lineup: Dubravka (GK), Hancko, Skriniar, Vavro, Pekarik, Duda, Lobotka, Kucka, Haraslin, Bozenik & Schranz

Euro 2024 30/06/24

L

England

England

2

Slovakia

Slovakia

1

Euro 2024 26/06/24

D

Romania

Romania

1

Slovakia

Slovakia

1

Euro 2024 21/06/24

L

Ukraine

Ukraine

2

Slovakia

Slovakia

1

Euro 2024 17/06/24

W

Belgium

Belgium

0

Slovakia

Slovakia

1

International Match 09/06/24

W

Wales

Wales

0

Slovakia

Slovakia

4

Ukraine preview: Rebrov may mix things up

After a really bad result, Ukraine could mix things up with Oleksandr Zinchenko potentially stepping up into midfield while Roman Yaremchuk could rotate in up front. Vitaliy Mykolenko remains an injury doubt but may be risked.

Predicted Lineup: Lunin (GK), Mykolenko, Matvienko, Zabarnyi, Konoplya, Zinchenko, Brazhko, Mudryk, Sudakov, Tsygankov & Yaremchuk

Euro 2024 26/06/24

D

Belgium

Belgium

0

Ukraine

Ukraine

0

Euro 2024 21/06/24

W

Slovakia

Slovakia

1

Ukraine

Ukraine

2

Euro 2024 17/06/24

L

Romania

Romania

3

Ukraine

Ukraine

0

International Match 11/06/24

W

Moldova

Moldova

0

Ukraine

Ukraine

4

International Match 07/06/24

L

Poland

Poland

3

Ukraine

Ukraine

1

Player to watch – Oleksandr Zinchenko

Having been used at left back in the opening game, we could see Arsenal man Oleksandr Zinchenko in a more advanced role against Slovakia. The 27 year old made 20 starts for the Gunners in the Premier League this term, scoring one and assisting two.

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Zinchenko in action in the 3-0 defeat to Romania – Photo by Icon Sport

Zinchenko to bring quality in the middle

The former Manchester City player has frequently been used in midfield for his country and he has the ball playing qualities to excel in the role. He completed 89.4% of his passes in the Premier League this season and 91.5% in the opening Euro 2024 game against Romania.

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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.