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  • Updated: June 17, 2024

Euro 2024: Belgium face Slovakia, set to reassert authority post-golden generation

Euro 2024: Belgium face Slovakia, set to reassert authority

Belgium's golden generation could not win a major tournament despite going so close in 2018 when they finished as one of the semifinalists and they will be keen to establish their previous ranking as the best-ranked national side for five successive years. 

On Monday evening, the 'Red Devils' will play against Slovakia as the two sides strut out on the field for the first time at the ongoing Euro 2024.

The Belgians have a new generation of players with a sprinkle of some older, experienced stars still around like Jan Vertoghen, Kevin de Btuyne and Romelu Lukaku. 

Head coach, Domenico Tedesco controversially dropped Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois despite regaining fitness from a long layoff due to injury. 

Courtois was even on duty on June 1 in the final of the UEFA Champions League as Los Blancos claimed a record 15th European title. 

Despite the retirement of some of the older generation, the star quality still in the team is outstanding. 

Aside from the aforementioned team leaders, the likes of Jeremy Doku and Leandro Trossard are capable of causing problems for Slovakia and other teams in Group E.

The imposing presence and command of Jan Oblak on the Slovakian side could make this contest something of a defence versus attack battle. 

Centre-back Denis Vavro is the major doubt for Slovakia ahead of this game and head coach Francesco Calzona is not expected to alter much of his starting lineup from the recent friendlies.

Slovakia may have beaten San Marino and Wales comfortably in the build-up to Euro 2024 and might cause the Belgium backline problems but we expect a Belgian win.

Allnews.ng's prediction: Belgium 3-1 Slovakia

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