Ace Football previews the Group F match between Hungary and Portugal in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, the best odds, and form guides.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal begin their title defense with a trip to Budapest to face Hungary. This is their first of three outings in the group stages of Euro 2020. The hosts lie 37th in the FIFA world rankings, thus signifying the gap between these teams as the away side is ranked in 5th.
Judging by the prices from the bookmakers it would be a huge surprise to see Hungary lasting beyond the group stages at the Euros. No other team in Euro 2020 can claim to be a bigger outsider in a monster of a group. The Magyars went the hard way through play-offs to book a spot in the tournament. Seeing them even get out of the group at this tournament would be a huge surprise.
Winning their group might be too much to expect, however, it would be a small surprise to see Portugal packing their bags before the knock-out stages.
Stats and Analysis
Hungary head into Euro 2020 averaging just 1.1 goals per game in their last 10 internationals. Marco Rossi’s side scored a moderate total of 11 goals while also conceding a far from impressive 18 goals. That amounts to an average of 1.8 goals per game, as they also kept their opponents from scoring in just 2 matches.
Portugal, meanwhile, begin their Euro 2020 campaign with very good stats in their last 10 internationals. The European champions hit the target 2.5 times on average per game, scoring 25 goals along the way. They conceded a total of 6 goals, an average of 0.6 per game, as they held on for a clean sheet in 6 of those matches.
Coming away from their Euro 2020 opener with anything but a defeat for Hungary would be a huge surprise. It looks like a question of simply trying to minimize the defeat everyone expects them to suffer.
Missing out on a win in the first outing at Euro 2020, on the other hand, would be a massive blow for Portugal as Ronaldo and co attempt to successfully defend their crown.
Stats and facts for Hungary and Portugal.
Fun stats Hungary
- Hungary conceded in the last 9 of 11 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Hungary’s last 3 of 5 matches;
- Hungary scored in the last 5 of 7 matches;
- Hungary scored the last 4 matches in a row at home.
Fun stats Portugal
- Portugal has won in the last 5 of 6 matches;
- Portugal has won in the last 5 of 6 matches when playing away;
- Portugal scored in the last 20 of 22 matches;
- Portugal scored the last 13 matches in a row when playing away.
Hungarians on a roll.
Hungary look to continue their current momentum with another positive result. In their 3 latest internationals, the two-time World Cup finalists claimed a 4-1 win against Andorra and went on to a 1-0 win against Cyprus. Their latest game produced a 0-0 draw against Ireland.
European champions on a decent run.
Portugal will be out to extend their fine run of results lately. The last 3 matches saw Fernando Santos’ men play out a 3-1 win over Luxembourg, which was followed by a dull 0-0 draw at Spain. Their most recent international served up a 4-0 win against Israel.
Hungary v Portugal Fixture History
On 3 September 2017, these two nations went toe-to-toe against each other in their most previous meeting, when Portugal ran away winners with a 0-1 scoreline.
Hungary enter the match against Portugal with a 0-1-4 record in their previous 10 encounters in the European Championship.
Man of the Moment
Managing 2 goals in his previous 6 internationals for Hungary makes Adam Szalai a player every opponent will have marked as one to keep an eye on. Managing 3 goals in his previous 6 internationals for Portugal makes Diogo Jota an obvious threat to any defense right now. And ahead of a potentially record-breaking summer, Cristiano Ronaldo will be keen to get off the mark in Budapest.