Competition: UEFA Euro 2016
Fixture: Austria v Hungary
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Venue: Nouveau Stade Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Kick off time: 1700 hours GMT
Austria will kick start their campaign in the Euro 2016 when they take on Hungary in Bordeaux. These teams from Group F have played each other quite a few times (16 games) in the past and it has been Hungary that has had the upper hand. They have won half the number of matches. However with the passage of time, Austria have become a stronger outfit and have a very capable squad this time around. In fact when the teams are compared on paper, Austria are far stronger with some well-known players on their roster.
Throughout the qualification stage, Austria were unbeaten in their ten matches. In perspective of this match, they should beat Hungary and possibly even move out of the group and into the knockouts.
Austria form L-W-L-W-L
Austria seems all set for their Euro 2016 Group F opener against arch rivals Hungary. Manager Marcel Koller has a set of experienced players at his disposal. The Austrian’s can be considered as dark horses to make it far in this competition. Their defensive record has been brilliant where they conceded just five goals in their set of 10 qualifying games. If they manage to replicate that kind of form they will certainly come out with the three points. They topped their group with a staggering eight points over Russia who were placed second.
Koller has made a lot of changes to the way Austria have been playing. He generally likes to keep switching between a 4-2-3-1 formation and a 4-3-3 formation depending on how things are going. He is one who likes technical players and with a set of players who compliment his style of play, they could be a force to reckon with.
One of the players to watch out for in their line-up is Bayern Munich’s David Alaba. He is a player who can fill-in either at left back or in midfield on the left wing. With the ability to cut in and shoot from afar, we could be in for a screamer or two from Alaba.
The 6ft 5in striker, Marc Janko, 32, has been in fine form for Basel. The centre forward, scored 22 goals in 33 appearances. It is hard to see him finish 90 minutes in each game and hence could be used as a player when Koller wants to change things around to play long balls and more direct football.
Hungary form L-D-D-W-W
Being considered as one of the weaker teams gives them the chance to play without the fear of losing and that as we know can be very dangerous.
None of their players have had the experience to play on such a massive grand stage before. This is their first appearance in an international competition of this magnitude since the 1986 World Cup. After being considered one of the largest threats in world football in the 50’s they’ve lost the plot and just vanished. This tournament presents itself as an opportunity to regain their lots status.
They managed to push their way through a total of three managers during the qualifying stages. Such frequent changes to the managerial positions has been tough on the players. Their attacking has been a major issue as they have not scored more than one goal in eight of 10 matches. If they want to come out even with even a point in this game, they will need to play their very best football.
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Austria: Another player to watch out for is Arnautovic. This huge player, impressed us in the Premier League netting on 11 occasions. He can fit either in midfield or can play up front as a part of three man attack. He will be a constant threat to the Hungarian defence. Given his size, he is quite swift and pacey which will be hard to counter.
Hungary: Balazs Dzsudzsak, who is Hungary’s captain will be one of the main players to whom the rest will look to for inspiration. He is primarily plays on the left wing. His eye for the goal is something that he will need to keep open. He scored 17 goals in the 75 caps that he has.
As mentioned earlier, Austria clearly a have the stronger side with the likes of Alaba, Fuchs and Arnautovic in key positions on the pitch. They should be able to win this game with ease. A win for them is placed at 8/11 with Bet365.
Arnautovic had a very good season in the Premier League with Stoke City will be itching to get his name on the scoring sheet and kick-start the Euros for his team. He is placed to be an anytime goal scorer at 2/1 with William Hill.
A draw is placed at 27/10 while a Hungary win is placed at 19/4 with Bet365. These are results that are both unlikely. But hey, everyone loves an upset or two in football.