Hungary vs Portugal Betting Preview

Cristiano Ronaldo will have one last chance of keeping Portugal alive in Euro 2016 when he leads them against Hungary at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. This Group F fixture will be played on Wednesday, June 22.

Anyone tracking Hungary’s progress in France will be surprised at the way they maximized their potential. Tipped strongly to finish bottom of the pile, they find themselves top of the group going into the final game and with a great chance to remain there. All this had its roots in their opening game performance against Austria. Sitting deep and tight against the rampaging Austrians, Hungary soaked up all the pressure and hurt them on the break. In the end, a 2-0 winning margin was a true reflection of how well Hungary managed to keep their shape and plan their counters. Their next game against Iceland was completely different with Hungary dominating possession but Iceland managing more incision. It looked likely that the tiny nation will grab full points through a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty but Hungary never gave up and eventually equalized through a Birkir Saevarsson own goal.

With four points and top of the group as they head into their final game, Hungary would probably need just one point to top the group standings. But their progress is not yet confirmed as a Portugal win combined with an Iceland victory over Austria will push Hungary out of automatic qualification. So, there is still so much to play for!

Portugal were primed to underperform ahead of the Euros as many analysts believed that their lack of impact in big tournaments will haunt them again. It did haunt the Portuguese as they started meekly against Iceland eventually finishing with just one point in a game they should have won – and could have easily lost. The frustration in the Portugal camp was evident from the reactions of their talisman Ronaldo. If Iceland game was a case of pure frustration, the game against Austria was a manifestation of their sheer ineffectiveness. Ronaldo was the centre of all attention again as he did everything he could – miss the goal by inches, hit the wood work, miss a penalty and score from an offside position – except winning the match. In the end, the single point was a cruel reminder of the lack of finesse in the final third.

They currently are third in the standing behind Iceland on goal difference but it’s not all gloom for Portugal. A win against Hungary will put them in automatic qualifying positions but a defeat could spiral them tumbling down to the bottom. So much for the cliché all to play for!

Team form

Hungary lost just two of their last ten encounters but have won only four of them. Most of their matches are won or lost by a single goal margin – only two of their last ten matches are decided by a margin of more than one.

Portugal is a case of inconsistency too with just one win in their last four encounters. Barring the 7-0 romp against Estonia they struggle to score multiple goals – just three of their last nine games saw them score more than a goal.

Key players and team news

Hungary could revert back to their 4-5-1 system that they employed against Austria to frustrate Portugal. Right back Attila Fiola could miss out for the Hungarians.

Portugal have no forced changes to make but expect them to make some as they go all out for a win. A change at the top could see Nani or Ricardo Qauresma replaced.

Betting advice

Hungary rely on being a tight unit at the back and have shipped two goals or more only twice in their last ten encounters. Seven of their last ten encounters have resulted in under 2.5 goals which could once again be the case. They lost just two of their last ten matches.

Portugal struggle for goals too and six of their last ten matches have seen under 2.5 goals – though that includes the huge win against Estonia. They won just four of their last nine matches.

It could be another frustrating night for the Portuguese and don’t be surprised if Hungary win on the night.

Best bet

Hungary win or draw (double chance) at odds of 3.0 with Betfred