Kick-off: 1700, 15/06/2021
Stadium: Puskas Arena
Holders Portugal head into Euro 2020 as a team at the top of their game and can make light of facing Hungary on their home turf in Budapest.
The Magyars have never beaten the Navigators in 13 attempts and the balance of power is very much in favour of the visiting team at present.
With France and Germany also in this pool, there is little room for error so we’re going with 13/10 for an away win and over 2.5 goals as our first Hungary vs Portugal prediction.
A Look At Hungary’s Betting Odds
Hungary finished as low as fourth in their qualifying group, trailing Croatia, Wales and Slovakia.
However, they came good in the play-offs, winning 3-1 in Bulgaria and then upsetting Iceland 2-1 at this venue.
Two successive promotions in the Nations League is another plus point, topping a table ahead of Russia, Serbia and Turkey in last year’s renewal.
It has to be noted that Russia won 3-2 in Budapest and Serbia drew 1-1, though, while Poland drew 3-3 here in a March World Cup clash, so visitors do find this beautiful stadium a pleasure to play at.
Evergreen striker Adam Szalai still seems to save his best for the international arena while 20-year-old attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai was signed by RB Leipzig for €20million in January.
New club-mate Willi Orban is a powerful defender who is worth watching out for at set-pieces and the Magyars do usually carry a goal threat.
A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds
Portugal lifted this trophy five years ago following a series of strong defensive displays but Fernando Santos can surely be braver with his tactics this time.
The Navigators were only average in qualifying as they split table toppers Ukraine and Serbia in a tricky section.
However, there was more success in the inaugural Nations League competition and another bold showing last year, when a close second to France in their pool.
Portugal’s World Cup campaign has started well enough, with seven points from three games, but it is the form of their players at club level this term which commands the most respect.
Superstar skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was the leading scorer in Serie A for Juventus while Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes was third in the Premier League Golden Boot race.
Defenders Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo were outstanding in Manchester City’s title triumph, with Bernardo Silva also playing his part.
Diogo Jota shone for Liverpool, Joao Felix picked up a La Liga winner’s medal with Atletico Madrid and Andre Silva was runner-up in the Bundesliga goals chart at Eintracht Frankfurt.
This is a confident unit boasting a great blend of experience down the spine and supporting players at the peak of their powers.
Let’s finish off our Hungary vs Portugal betting tips by taking 12/1 for a 3-1 success.
Head-to-head: Hungary 0-1 Portugal, Portugal 3-0 Hungary, Hungary 3-3 Portugal, Portugal 3-0 Hungary
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