It may seem like a lifetime ago, but Portugal are the defending European champions, and while they have a tough group here to overcome in their title defence they will be expected to get off to a winning start in their opening game against Hungary on June 15, which is reflected in Hungary vs Portugal betting odds, which favours the Portugese team at 1.7 and Hungary can be backed at 5.45.
One of the interesting aspects of this match is that Hungary will have home advantage in Budapest, but when we consider the qualities of the two teams will that actually count for much?
The Portuguese, of course, are powered by an all-time legend in Cristiano Ronaldo, but they have plenty of other quality operators besides. They weren’t exactly flawless in qualifying for Euro 2020 – or Euro 2021 if you prefer! – in dropping points to Ukraine and Serbia, but this is a team that seems to come to life in the major tournaments.
As for Hungary, they are something of an unknown quantity and a surprise package at this event. They actually finished a lowly fourth in their qualifying group, but earning a reprieve through the play-offs they were impressive in seeing off Bulgaria and defeated Iceland with a 92nd minute winner.
What a fillip for them to play in front of their own fans in a major competition then, but will that be enough to help them defeat the Portuguese? In this Hungary vs Portugal preview, we aim to find out.
Even though they will enjoy an advantage of sorts in Budapest, it’s no surprise to see that in the Portugal vs Hungary betting odds that the reigning tournament champions are the favourites to prevail here.
They find themselves in the proverbial ‘group of death’ alongside France and Germany, but even so the Portuguese are expected to reach the knockout phase according to the Euro 2021 betting odds, and that will be based on beating Hungary in this opening encounter.
2. Hungary vs Portugal Preview
Portugal are amongst the dark horses to win the whole tournament in the Euro 2020 betting tips, and when you look at their squad it’s not difficult to see why.
Rui Patricio brings a wealth of experience in goal, while in defence there’s Joao Cancelo – a key figure in Manchester City’s likely Premier League title win, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro and Pepe, who although 38 is still performing very well for FC Porto.
In midfield they can choose from the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Danilo Perreira, while in attack take your pick from Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, Trincao, Joao Felix and Andre Silva.
Factor in their head coach, Fernando Santos, who led the nation to Euro 2016 and UEFA Nations League glory, and you can see why Portuguese fans are so excited ahead of the tournament.
It's a privilege for me and for my coaching staff to continue with this project. We know we won't be able to win everything, but we will always try. - Fernando Santos, SkySports
Hungary are not blessed with household names as you might expect, and if they are to have any chance in this game they will need goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi and defender Willi Orban – their best two players – to be on top form.
But they lost in qualifying to Croatia, Wales and Slovakia without scoring a goal, and so in our Hungary vs Portugal predictions we have to reflect on the size of the task facing them here.
Portugal are blessed with outstanding goal power and are solid defensively too, so it’s impossible to see anything other than a win for Ronaldo and co here.
There’s an embarrassment of riches for Portugal all over the pitch, and their record in major tournaments has been nothing less than extraordinary of late – Hungary, meanwhile, are making their first big tournament appearance in years.
Those are factors to also consider in our Hungary vs Portugal betting picks, and while opening games tend to be more on the conservative side let’s look at the facts from qualifying – Hungary kept just two clean sheets in eight games and ended with a negative goal difference.
Portugal, on the other hand, won five of eight and scored a whopping 22 goals, keeping four clean sheets. There is no surprise that the odds are favouring Portugal at 1.7 and Hungary can be backed at 5.45.
And so our Portugal vs Hungary betting tips are clear – take either the Portuguese with a -1 goal handicap, or Portugal to Win to Nil….whichever you prefer.