Hungary vs Portugal
Euro 2020, Group F
Date: Tuesday 15th June 2021
Kick off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Puskas Arena (Budapest).
Group F will kick off with Hungary who will be the big outsiders to get out of this group against the current reigning European champions Portugal.
Hungary are ranked 37th in the world and they have seen their ranking slip in recent years. For example when the last European championship was played in 2016 the nation were 20th in the world.
Hungary qualified for Euro 2020 through the UEFA Nations League and some could be led to believe that they took the back door way in. This is because they actually finished 4th in qualifying for the competition in the first place. Their original group contained the likes of Croatia and Wales and Hungary won 4 games and lost 4. Whilst they struggled away from home they did notably beat Croatia 2-1 in their own stadium.
Portugal are the champions and in winning Euro 2016 the nation picked up their first ever trophy and they will be determined to win back to back titles now. It could be argued that this side have more quality than the one’s that won it, so this could be exciting times for the nation.
Portugal did not win their qualifying group and instead had to settle as runners-up to Ukraine. However from their 8 games they only lost once and their qualification for this tournament never seemed in doubt. The nation are currently ranked 5th best in the world.
Hungary are unbeaten in their last 11 games with their last defeat coming against Russia last September. In the space of a year they have been able to defeat Turkey twice and have also held quality nations like Russia and Poland to draws. The nation played two friendlies just before this competition where they beat Cyprus 1-0 and drew 0-0 against Ireland.
Portugal are unbeaten in their last six games and have only lost 1 game from their last 15. Recently they were able to hold Spain to a 0-0 result and late last year they beat Croatia 3-2. On form Portugal are one of the best teams coming into the Euro’s.
Hungary Team News:
Experienced midfielders Zsolt Kalmar and Dominik Szoboszlai are out injured. Tactics have switched in the last year which has seen the nation pack out the midfield.
Hungary Predicted Starting Eleven (3-5-2)
Gulasci- Fiola, Orban, At. Szalai – Lovrencsics, Nagy, Nego, Kleinheisler, Holender – Sallai, Ad Szalai
Portugal Team News:
Portugal have no major injuries to worry about but Danilo may have a slight knock and he will have to be assessed, but this is a full strength side for the reigning champions.
Portugal Predicted Started Eleven (4-3-3)
Rui Patricio – Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro – Neves, William, Fernandes – Silva, Jota, Ronaldo.
Hungary vs Portugal: Head to Head
- The last time the teams met was in qualifying for the World Cup back in 2017 when Portugal won 1-0.
- In the 13 games that the nations have played Hungary have never beaten Portugal.
- There is a 70% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Hungary vs Portugal: Prediction
Portugal are around 1.44 to win the game and Hungary can be backed at 6.00 so that should tell you the gulf between them.
This is a huge game for Portugal because following this they will have to play both France and Germany, so this is a must win to get the points on the board. We should see a game where Portugal dominate possession and try and unlock the Hungarian defence who will try their best to keep the score at 0-0 for as long as they can.
For Hungary it is fantastic for them that they have qualified for this tournament but at the same time they have landed into what is now known as the ‘group of death’ containing Portugal, Germany and France, the teams who have won the last 3 major tournaments between them.
A price of 1.44 for Portugal to win may not sit very well with some punters and so it may be worth backing the Portuguese to be winning at half time which offers great value.
All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo of course one of the truly great players of the last decade and he has scored 4 goals against Hungary in his last 3 games played against them and should be backed to score again when the teams meet.