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Hungary Tough Opening Test for Swiss at Euro 2024

Since failing to qualify for the 2012 Euros, Switzerland have quietly enjoyed an impressive decade at the international level. They’ve lost in the Round of 16 in three straight World Cups as well as the Round of 16 in the 2016 Euros, but their pinnacle came three years ago.

After narrowly making it to the knockout round courtesy of their 3-1 win vs. Turkey, the Swiss pulled off a massive shock by erasing a late two-goal deficit and edging reigning world champion France on penalties. They nearly managed to reach the semifinals, only for Spain to prevail in the shootout.

Hungary Tough Opening Test for Swiss at Euro 2024
Switzerland's defender #3 (2nd R) Silvan Widmer celebrates with team mates | Fabrice Coffrini / Afp

Switzerland (+124) are seeking yet another deep run in the Euros, and they’ll be looking to get off to a winning start against Hungary (+243) in Cologne, Germany.

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Switzerland vs Hungary Match Information

  • Match: Switzerland vs Hungary
  • Location: RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany
  • Day/Time: Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. ET
  • Switzerland vs Hungary Live Stream: Fubo.tv

 

Switzerland vs Hungary Odds and Spreads

Switzerland
Hungary
+½ -152
Handicap
-½ +122
+243
Moneyline
+122
O 2½ +120
Total
U 2½ -150

 

  • Since losing 6-1 to Portugal in the World Cup Round of 16, Switzerland have lost just one of their last 14 matches.
  • Switzerland have not conceded over one goal in each of their last seven matches.
  • Switzerland have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four.
  • Hungary have won four of their last five matches.
  • Hungary have lost just one of their last 16 matches.

 

One Last Dance for Swiss Golden Era?

Several of the key figures from Switzerland’s golden era are approaching the final years of their prime, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of performing at the highest level.

Yann Sommer (35) has been an impenetrable presence between the sticks for Inter this season, Remo Freuler (32) helped guide Bologna to Champions League football, Fabian Schar (32) continues to age like fine wine in the middle of Newcastle’s backline, and captain Granit Xhaka (31) has been an indispensable figure in Bayer Leverkusen’s midfield. Xherdan Shaqiri (32) has spent the past two years at MLS side Chicago Fire, but he remains an unpredictable attacking dynamo who’s capable of conjuring something out of nothing.


Perhaps the biggest incognito, however, is at the center forward position. Haris Seferovic was one of the heroes of Switzerland’s last Euros run, scoring a goal vs. Turkey and a brace vs. France, but he has been left out of the squad. It is unclear who is capable of stepping up into the void and chipping in with goals.

Breel Embolo has missed the near-entirety of the campaign with injury, Noah Okafor has mainly come off the bench in his debut campaign at Milan whilst Zeki Amdouni has struggled since trading Basel for Burnley. With no real proven goal-scorer in the squad, the Swiss will be counting on their defensive solidity to take them far in Germany.

Is Hungary Up for a Fight?

Three years after being drawn in the same group as Portugal, France and Germany, Hungary have a far more manageable task as they take on Switzerland, Germany and Scotland. Marco Rossi’s side are riding into Germany on the back of a 14-match unbeaten run and have punched above their weight thanks to a stalwart backline and a direct, counter-attacking style of play.

The Magyars have struggled in terms of defending set-pieces whilst their high pressing has often resulted in them being cut open in transition, but they nevertheless find themselves as one of the potential dark horses for this summer’s tournament.

Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is their main playmaker, goal-scorer and creative engine. Everything runs through him and, as such, Switzerland will be likely doubling up on him and looking to prevent him from getting on the ball in dangerous areas.

The Swiss are experts at managing results and holding firm defensively, and they should be capable of preventing Szoboszlai from having a top-quality performance, but their lack of a cutting edge in attack could limit their progress in the Euros, having scored over one goal in just one of their last seven matches.

All in all, this has the makings of a low-scoring draw, and we’re backing both sides to pick up one point in our Euro parlays.

My Best Bet:

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions of the Day

Which match is likely to result in a draw?


Switzerland have had eight draws in their last 12 matches, and we’re backing this one to follow the pattern.

Which player is likely to get a shot on target this week?


If there’s one player who’s capable of producing the goods for Hungary in the final third, it’s Dominik Szoboszlai.

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