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Euro 2024 Group E Betting Odds: Belgium's Group to Lose

Zack Bussiere
Zack Bussiere@ZackBussiere
Euro 2024 Group E Betting Odds: Belgium's Group to Lose

The European Championship -- also known as Euro 2024 -- will start on Friday, June 14th.

Let's get prepped for the action by diving into Group E.

All betting odds come from the Euro 2024 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Euro 2024 Group E

(FIFA ranking in parenthesis)

  • Belgium (3rd)
  • Ukraine (22nd)
  • Romania (46th)
  • Slovakia (48th)

Euro 2024 Outright Winner Odds

  • Belgium: +2100
  • Ukraine: +8500
  • Romania: +22000
  • Slovakia: +50000

Odds to Win Group E

  • Belgium: -170
  • Ukraine: +330
  • Romania: +800
  • Slovakia: +850

Odds to Advance Out of Group E

  • Belgium: -2300
  • Ukraine: -350
  • Romania: -130
  • Slovakia: -115

Group E Schedule

  • Matchday 1
    • Romania vs. Ukraine, June 17th, 9 a.m. EST
    • Belgium vs. Slovakia, June 17th, 12 p.m. EST
  • Matchday 2
    • Slovakia vs. Ukraine, June 21st, 9 a.m. EST
    • Belgium vs. Romania, June 22nd, 3 p.m. EST
  • Matchday 3
    • Slovakia vs. Romania, June 26th, 12 p.m. EST
    • Ukraine vs. Belgium, June 26th, 12 p.m. EST

Group E Team-by-Team Outlook

Belgium

Belgium's golden generation came and went without a victory at a major championship. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two Euros in 2020 and 2016. At the World Cup, they reached the quarterfinals in 2014 and the semi-finals in 2018 but failed to make it past the group stage in 2022. In Germany this summer, a Belgium side that is a mix of veterans from that golden generation and newcomers will attempt to bounce back from that disastrous 2022 World Cup result.

Belgium arrive in Germany with the eighth-best odds to win Euro 2024. They were excellent against a weaker Group F in qualifying, going undefeated with six wins and two draws. They ranked fourth in goals per 90 minutes (2.75) and tied for second in goals allowed per 90 minutes (0.38). In their four friendlies since then, they have two draws and two wins, with their most notable result being a 2-2 draw against England.

Crucial to Belgium's outlook this summer is the form of their all-time leading goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku was injured for the 2022 World Cup and made just two appearances, scoring zero goals. In qualifying, he led all players with 14 goals, accounting for 63.6% of Belgium's 22 total goals.

Alongside midfielder mastermind Kevin De Bruyne, Lukaku brings a wealth of experience to Germany. He is coming off a very efficient season for Roma with 20 goals from 13.8 expected goals -- per FBRef -- in Serie A and the Europa League combined.

We know what to expect from Lukaku and De Bruyne, but how Leandro Trossard, Jeremy Doku, and Johan Bakayoko perform will go a long way towards determining just how far Belgium go this summer.

Belgium were fortunate to receive a favorable draw -- with no other team in Group E ranked inside the top 20 in the World Rankings. If they can capitalize and win the group, they should have a favorable matchup in the Round of 16.

Ukraine

Ukraine enter Euro 2024 looking to build on their trip to the quarterfinals in Euro 2020 -- their best ever result at a major tournament. They recorded one win and two losses in the group stage and advanced to the Round of 16 on goal differential among third-place finishes. They made the most of that opportunity, recording a 2-1 upset win in extra time over Sweden before falling to England 4-0.

In qualifying, Ukraine were drawn into an incredibly difficult Group C that included England and Italy. They finished with four wins, two draws, and two losses, earning a draw against both England and Italy. In the qualifying playoffs, they recorded 2-1 wins over both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland to book their place in Germany.

While Belgium will be a tough test, Ukraine will also benefit from the relative weakness of Group E. Despite arriving via the qualifying playoffs, Ukraine is the second-highest ranked team in their group, and has solid odds (-350) to advance to the Round of 16. Arsenal's, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Shakhtar Donetsk's Taras Stepanenko will patrol the midfield behind an exciting group of forwards that includes Chelsea's Mykhailo Mudryk and Girona's Artem Dovbyk. Dovbyk was exceptional in La Liga this season -- his 24 goals led the league and helped Girona to a shocking third place finish behind only Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Ukraine have an excellent opportunity to reach the Round of 16 for the second time in a row and earn the opportunity to match their quarterfinal appearance at Euro 2020.

Romania

Romania will be making their first appearance at a major international tournament since Euro 2016 and just their second since Euro 2008. They last appeared in a World Cup in 1998, and their best finish at the Euros was a trip to the quarterfinals in 2000. Despite their lack of experience, there is reason for optimism this summer after an excellent qualifying campaign.

Drawn into Group I alongside Switzerland (19th in the World Rankings), Romania were undefeated in qualifying, with six wins and four draws. In their two matches against Switzerland, they earned a 1-0 win and a 2-2 draw. Their success came primarily because of their defense. Their 1.6 goals/90 ranked 23rd but their 0.50 goals allowed/90 tied for fourth with England, Croatia, and Albania.

Tottenham's Radu Dragusin anchors that defense, having started all 10 matches in qualifying. In the midfield, Nicolae Stanciu's three goals tied for team lead in qualifying; he has been a mainstay since making his debut in 2016. Up front, George Puscas has 11 goals in 42 career appearances and could be the primary striker in Germany.

Slovakia

Slovakia will be making their fourth appearance at a major international tournament and third in a row at the Euros. In their first and only World Cup appearance in 2010, they made the Round of 16. At Euro 2016, they also made the Round of 16 but took a step back in Euro 2020, falling in the group stage.

Drawn into Group J in qualifying, Slovakia finished runner up to Portugal with seven wins, one draw, and two losses -- both of their losses were one-goal defeats to Portugal. Their 1.70 goals/90 ranked 20th while their 0.70 goals allowed/90 ranked 12th.

With Newcastle's Martin Dubravka between the sticks and PSG's Milan Skriniar at the heart of their back line, Slovakia's defense is anchored by quality and experience at the highest levels. Their midfield will be anchored by Stanislav Lobotka, who was a mainstay in Napoli's starting 11 this season.

Upsetting Belgium will be a very tough task, and Ukraine will present a difficult challenge, but Slovakia can get past Romania, which could be enough to reach the Round of 16 as one of the best third-place teams. Their odds to advance from Group E are only slightly behind Romania's.


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