The 2024 European Championships have begun as Belgium will square off with Slovakia in the group stage. We’re here to share our 2024 Euros odds series, make a Belgium-Slovakia prediction, and pick while showing you how to watch.

Belgium destroyed the competition by accumulating 20 points with six wins and two draws in eight qualifying group matches. Remarkably, they currently have an unbeaten streak of 40 matches, with 35 wins and five draws. The Belgians have not lost since 2015.

Slovakia won all their matches to qualify for the 2024 Euros. Curiously, it was their first-ever win in a tournament. But consider the fact that Portugal was the only real test, which probably puts a marker on their success.

The countries have played three matches in their history. Belgium has the lone win, coming in their last meeting in 2013, while the two have drawn twice.

Here are the 2024 Euros odds, courtesy of FanDuel. 

2024 Euros Odds: Belgium-Slovakia Odds

Belgium: -210

Slovakia: +600

Draw: +350

Over 2.5 goals: -128

Under 2.5 goals: +106

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Why Belgium Will Win

Manager Domenico Tedesco is confident going into this one. He has one of the most prolific scorers in football history. Likewise, he has a roster full of players who can help win the match, but he recently snubbed one who could have helped them go all the way.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not play in the 2024 Euros after engaging in a public feud with the manager. Therefore, goalkeeper Koen Casteels will likely make a start for the Belgians. While Courtois had been dealing with an ACL injury, he did play recently, leading to speculation that the feud kept him off the roster.

The defense will see Jan Vertonghen play his final tournament. Meanwhile, Timothy Castagne of Fulham Football Club will play alongside him. Castagne has a 51 percent tackle rate and 25 clean sheets. He has also allowed 170 goals over 125 appearances.

The midfielders will have some juice, with Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City leading the charge. He had four goals and 10 assists over 18 matches this season with the club, but he played in just one match for Belgium.

But the player everyone is talking about is Romelu Lukaku. Amazingly, exploded in the qualifiers with 14 goals over eight matches. Now, Lukaku has a chance to make soccer history and become one of the top three goal-scorers in European Championship history. Lukaku had 13 goals and three assists during his 32 matches with Roma. Additionally, he generated seven goals and one assist over 13 matches in the Europa League. Lois Openda will play alongside Lukaku and will be just as much of a threat. Overall, she scored 24 goals and seven assists over 34 matches for the Bundesliga.

Belgium will win this match if Lukaku and Openda can both use their speed and elite skills to score some goals to Put Belgium over the edge. Then, they need to avoid careless mistakes.

Why Slovakia Will Win

Manager Francesco Calzona hopes to get the most out of his club as he leads them against the heavily favored Belgium. Ultimately, it starts with containing Lukaku and Openda and defending properly.

Martin Dubravka from Newcastle will look to make a statement. Ultimately, he had 87 saves and 42 goals allowed over 23 matches in the English Premier League.

But the defense has to protect the castle in front of him. First, that means Milan Škriniar must play his heart out. Škriniar allowed 15 goals and had eight clean sheets over 24 matches for PSG. Additionally, he won 109 duels and lost just 63 while also intercepting 10 passes and blocking 10 shots. Denis Vavro and David Hancko are the other options on defense.

Their midfielders need to win the battles to prevent Lukaku and Openda from breaking through while creating their own offense. Thus, Slovakia needs Stanislav Lobotka to do more. Lobotka had one goal and one assist over nine qualifying matches, and one assist over 38 matches for Napoli. Meanwhile, Juraj Kucka had two goals and two assists over nine matches in the qualifiers. But Kucka also had three goals and four assists over 23 matches for Super Liga.

The forward group stars Robert Bozenik, who has nine goals and two assists over 31 games for Liga. Additionally, he had one goal and one assist over eight qualifiers. Robert Polievka is the other star, with 13 goals and nine assists over 23 matches for Super Liga. Yet, he had none in the qualifiers.

Slovakia will win this match if it can avoid mistakes and does not let Lukaku and Openda destroy it. Then, it needs Roberts to find accuracy and score some goals of its own.

Final Belgium-Slovakia Prediction & Pick

Slovakia is the heavy underdog. Do they have a chance? Yes, everyone has a chance. However, they would need to play the best match of their lives. That would include stopping one of the best goal-scorers in the world. Consequently, that could prove to be far too difficult than they are bargaining for. Expect Lukaku to break free as he always does and make it a mission to score against the Slovakians. Belgium takes this match.

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Final Belgium-Slovakia Prediction & Pick: Belgium (-210)