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Slovakia vs Ukraine, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Merkur Spiel Arena, Dusseldorf

Can Ukraine make a strong comeback against Slovakia?

  • Across eight meetings, Ukraine leads Slovakia in the head-to-head record with 3 wins to their 2, with the remaining 3 matches ending in draws.
  • Mykhaylo Mudryk has scored 8 goals and made 2 assists in 47 matches in 2024
  • Ivan Schranz (4 goals in 14 caps) is a major goal scorers for Slovakia

Ukraine to Win (0-1)

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Merkur Spiel Arena, Dusseldorf

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Slovakia has a strong defense marshalled by veterans like Dúbravka and Škriniar, with Lobotka providing control in midfield. However, their attack lacks firepower. Ukraine, while defensively suspect, excels at counter-attacks with the pace of Zinchenko and Tsygankov. Malinovskyi adds a threat with long shots and playmaking skills. This tactical battle between defense-oriented teams (Slovakia has won 3 out of 8 past meetings) could be a close one. 

While Ukraine might nick a 1-0 win, the key lies in Slovakia's attacking strategy and Ukraine's ability to exploit their weaknesses. With high stakes and a slim margin for error, this crucial clash for Euro 2024 promises to be a tense and exciting encounter. The winner will gain a significant advantage and momentum heading into the knockout stages, while the loser faces an uphill battle in qualifying.

Slovakia Record: Slovakia won their last match against Belgium (1-0) and are off to a positive start. They are currently positioned second in the Group E with three points in one game.. A win here against Ukraine will confirm Slovakia's qualification to the round of 16. 

Ukraine Record: Ukraine struggled on both the offensive and defensive end in the last game against Romania where the conceded three goals and they are currently positioned at the bottom of the points table in Group E. It is a must win game for Ukraine to stay in contention for a top two finish. 

Slovakia Preview

Slovakia is heading into a crucial Euro 2024 clash against Ukraine with a solid defence, but there are some concerns about their attack. Veteran goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka brings a reassuring presence in goal, while the commanding Milan Škriniar leads the backline. His experience and leadership will be vital against Ukraine's speedy attackers. Another positive for Slovakia is the presence of Stanislav Lobotka in central midfield, who brings composure and control to the team.

However, Slovakia's biggest worry lies in their ability to score goals. They have struggled to convert chances consistently in recent matches, and their performance will depend on finding the right attacking formula. There is speculation surrounding the selection of forwards. Youngsters Juraj Kucka and Dávid Strelec are options, but their lack of experience on such a big stage is something to consider. Established players like Róbert Boženík could be brought in, but their form hasn't been particularly inspiring either.

Manager Štefan Tarkovič faces a tactical dilemma. He might play it safe, prioritizing defensive stability and hoping to score on the counterattack. This would solidify the partnership of Škriniar and Dušan Kuciak in the heart of the defence while Lobotka takes charge of the midfield. In this scenario, Ondrej Duda's creativity and Vladimír Weiss's speed would be crucial for launching effective counterattacks. 

Slovakia Probable Starting XI: Martin Dubravka (Goalkeeper); David Hancko, Denis Vavro, Milan Skriniar, Peter Pekarik(Defenders); Ondrej Duda, Stanislav Lobotka, Juraj Kucka (Midfielders); Lukas Haraslin, Ivan Schranz, Robert Bozenik (Forwards) 

Ukraine Preview

Ukraine is gearing up for a crucial Euro 2024 match against Slovakia, and they've got a strong attack. However, there are some concerns about their defensive consistency. Returning veteran Andriy Yarmolenko to the starting lineup, along with the speedy Oleksandr Zinchenko and Viktor Tsygankov, gives Ukraine a serious attacking threat. And let's not forget about Ruslan Malinovskyi's creativity in midfield, his long-range shooting and playmaking skills are always a danger.

But here's the thing, Ukraine's defensive record has been a bit shaky. They have solid defenders like Mykola Matvienko and Illya Zabarnyi, but they've had some lapses in concentration that ended up costing them. Another thing to consider is the fitness of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who can play as a left-back or in midfield. It might be a tough call for the manager, as Zinchenko's attacking presence could be more valuable in midfield to strengthen the centre of the field.

Manager Serhiy Rebrov has a tactical decision to make. He could go for a 4-3-3 formation, which would give him more attacking options, with Yarmolenko, Tsygankov, and Malinovskyi supporting a central striker like Artem Dovbyk, who is the top scorer in La Liga. This approach focuses on scoring goals, but it also requires a solid defensive performance from Matvienko and Zabarnyi alongside a holding midfielder like Taras Stepanenko.

Ukraine Probable Starting XI: Heorhiy Bushchan, Oleksandr Karavaev, Mykola Matvienko, Illya Zabarnyi, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Taras Stepanenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Andriy Yarmolenko, Viktor Tsygankov, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Artem Dovbyk 

Get ready for an intense showdown on June 21st between Slovakia and Ukraine. It's going to be a real tactical battle. Slovakia has a solid defence led by Škriniar and Kuciak, and Lobotka keeps things under control in midfield. The only worry is their struggle to convert chances into goals. 

On the flip side, Ukraine has a killer attack with Yarmolenko, Malinovskyi, Tsygankov, and the in-form Dovbyk. But their defence has been a bit shaky, which raises some questions.  Looking at history, Slovakia has a slight advantage, but don't underestimate Ukraine's current attacking form. It's going to be a close game with not too many goals. 

Ukraine to Win (0-1)

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Author: Neev Chopra