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Slovakia vs Ukraine – Match Preview

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Slovakia and Ukraine will face off in a crucial EURO Grp. E match at Duesseldorf Arena on Thursday, June 21st. The game starts at 13:00 GMT. Slovakia is currently in second place in the group with 3 points. They had a strong start, winning their opening match without conceding a goal. Ukraine is in the last place and aims to recover from a 3-goal loss in their first game. Both teams are looking to improve their positions in the group. Slovakia wants to strengthen their spot, while Ukraine hopes to revive their chances in the tournament.

Slovakia – Form

Slovakia has shown impressive form recently, winning their last two home matches convincingly. They defeated Wales 4:0 in a friendly, breaking Wales’ pattern of low-scoring away games. Another 4:0 win came against San Marino, surprising many. On June 17, 2024, they secured a 1:0 victory over Belgium in the European Championship. Ivan Schranz scored the winning goal. This victory was unexpected and went against the bookmakers’ predictions.

Ukraine – Form

Ukraine’s performance in recent away games has been inconsistent. Their last match on June 17, 2024, ended in a 3:0 loss to Romania in the European Championship. This result was unexpected. Nicolae Stanciu, Razvan Marin, and Denis Dragus scored for Romania. Before this, Ukraine won 4:0 against Moldova in a friendly. This was a welcome change after not winning their previous 8 away friendlies. Their match before this ended in a 3:1 loss to Poland, which was in line with expectations.

Slovakia – Ukraine – Head to Head

The last game between Slovakia and Ukraine was on November 16, 2018. Slovakia won 4:1 in the UEFA Nations League B. In their past 8 matches, Slovakia won 2 and Ukraine won 3. This shows Ukraine has been slightly more successful in these encounters. In the most recent 5 matches, both teams scored in 2 games. Also, 6 out of the last 8 matches had fewer than 3.5 goals, indicating we might see a low-scoring game.

Slovakia – Ukraine – Standings

As Round 2 of EURO Grp. E approaches, Slovakia is in a good position. They are 2nd with 3 points. They have a positive goal difference, having scored 1 goal and conceded none. Ukraine is in 4th place after losing their first game, with a goal difference of -3. Both teams have played only one match. The gap between them is already 3 points. Slovakia’s position is a positive surprise, while Ukraine is looking to improve their standing.

Slovakia vs Ukraine – Top scorers

Slovakia’s attack has been a team effort in the European Championship. Ondrej Duda, Juraj Kucka, Ivan Schranz, Laszlo Benes, and Lukas Haraslin each scored once. This shows the team’s offensive versatility. Ukraine’s attack is more focused. Artem Dovbyk has scored 3 goals, leading the team. Viktor Tsigankov and Roman Yaremchuk each have 2 goals. Georgiy Sudakov and Mykhaylo Mudryk also scored, making their offense a threat.

Slovakia vs Ukraine – Full-Time Betting

Bookmakers favor Ukraine with odds of 2.10 for an away win. Slovakia’s odds for a victory are 3.70, despite the neutral venue. The odds for a draw are 3.30. Slovakia has been performing well, not losing in 7 of their last 8 matches. They are also higher in the group standings. However, Ukraine has a slight advantage in their past meetings, winning 3 out of 8. Injuries could affect the game’s outcome for both teams.

For those looking at alternative betting markets, the “halftime-fulltime” options offer interesting odds. Slovakia leading at halftime is quoted at 4.333. The “draw-no-bet” market gives Slovakia odds of 2.50. This is a safer bet that returns the stake in case of a draw. The “double-chance” market for Slovakia to win or draw offers odds of 1.70. It provides an extra layer of security for bettors.

Slovakia vs Ukraine – Over/Under Betting

The “goals:over:2.5” odds are set at 2.20, indicating an expectation of at least 3 goals. However, past meetings suggest fewer goals, with 6 out of the last 8 having under 3.5 goals. Slovakia has been scoring consistently, while Ukraine’s defense conceded 3 goals in their first match. The “goals:under:2.5” at 1.667 could appeal to those expecting a game with fewer scoring chances.

Slovakia vs Ukraine – BTTS Betting

The odds for “BTTS: Yes” and “BTTS: No” are both 1.833. This reflects uncertainty about both teams scoring. Past encounters and Slovakia’s strong defense suggest a low-scoring game. Slovakia did not concede in their last match, and Ukraine struggled to score. Thus, “BTTS: No” might be the more likely outcome for this match.

Slovakia vs Ukraine – Prediction