Here comes Cristiano Ronaldo, leading one of the best teams fielded by Portugal, which will try to join Span as only the second team in history capable of winning two European Championship titles in a row.
Their first test will be against Hungary, which be playing in its second consecutive Euros after missing all the others since 1972. Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and the Euro 2020 Odds for Hungary vs Portugal while making some predictions.
Game: Hungary vs Portugal
Location: Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Time: Tuesday, June 15, Noon ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
Euro 2020 Betting Lines
|Hungary||+1 +110||+600||2½ EVo||½ -125o/-105u|
|Portugal||-1 -110||-190||2½ -120u||1½ -145o/+115u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 13
- Hungary Victories: 0 (10 goals)
- Portugal Victories: 9 (30 goals)
- Draws: 4
Yes, Hungary has never beaten Portugal, but they managed to draw 3-3 the last time they met during the Euros. It was in 2016, and that result allowed Hungary to finish at the top of Group F, while Portugal finished third and then won the title.
They met for the last time on the road to the 2018 World Cup, and Portugal won both games, winning 3-0 at home and 1-0 on the road. Ronaldo and Andre Silva scored two goals each, and both will be available for this game.
Why Bet on Hungary?
Hungary’s road to the European Championship was a long one. They finished fourth in Group E with 12 points, good enough to reach the playoffs for the last four tickets, where they defeated Bulgaria 3-1 and Iceland 2-1.
Head coach Marco Rossi took over in 2018 and the team has responded really well. Not only by getting into the Euros, but also because they haven’t lost in their last nine competitive games (6-3-0), including matches against tough sides like Poland and Turkey.
Unfortunately for Rossi, he won’t be able to play Zsolt Kalmar and Dominik Szoboszlai, out of the continental tournament due to injury. “Fate did not treat us well. The other cruelty from fate is this group itself,” said the Italian head coach about having to face Portugal, France and Germany.
On the road to the tournament, Hungary finished 4-0-1 at home, 3-2 against the spread and over/under. Playing at home is what gives them some chances, but they’ll need to play a nearly perfect match — not like their last two preparation games, where they defeated Cyprus 1-0 and drew 0-0 to Ireland.
Their expected lineup is Peter Gulacsi, Akos Kecskes, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai, Bendeguz Bolla, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Adam Nagy, Andras Schafer, Attila Fiola, Adam Szalai and Roland Varga.
Why Bet on Portugal?
First of all, they’re the defending champions and this team is better than the one that won in 2016. After scoring 11 goals in the qualifiers, Ronaldo remains their top player, but now he’s accompanied by Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, Joao Felix, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, etc.
With Fernando Santos as head coach, Portugal has won nearly 70 precent of its matches, including the 2016 Euro title and the victory in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019.
Yes, they finished second in the qualifiers behind Ukraine in Group B, but they scored five more goals than Andriy Shevchenko’s team. Portugal’s offensive unit is capable of breaking any defense, and Ronaldo will be more than excited to play what could be his last Euros.
Portugal finished the qualifiers with a 3-0-1 record on the road, 2-2 against the spread and 3-1 over/under. Most recently, they drew 0-0 against Spain and defeated Israel 4-0 with goals from Fernandes (two), Ronaldo and Cancelo.
“I have great confidence in my players, and I have the conviction that Portugal is a title candidate,” said Santos prior to their first game. Portugal is not among the top five favorites to win the Euro 2020.
No major injuries to report here. Their expected lineup is Anthony Lopes, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Nuno Mendes, Ruben Neves, Renato Sanches, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Expect Portugal to go all-in since the start of the match. Beating Hungary for as many goals as possible could be crucial to survive in the “Group of Death” and Ronaldo (103) will be trying to become the top scorer with a national team in history. He needs seven goals to surpass Ali Daei from Iran.
Check out the Soccer Props to increase your winning chances, including time of first goal, team to score last, first goal scorer and many more. It’s going to be a fun game — at least for Portugal.
Score Prediction: Portugal 3, Hungary 1