Hungary Euro 2020: Team News, Odds & Predictions
Hungary will take part in the European Championships for the second time in a row, having previously failed to qualify since 1972. However, Hungary have been handed a tough task after being drawn in Group F alongside France, Germany and Portugal. So, can they make any sort of impact at Euro 2020? On this page, we will discuss Hungary’s chances in further detail. As part of this, we will outline their key players, fixtures and odds from bookmakers.
Hungary finished third at the 1964 European Championships, before finishing fourth eight years later. However, they did not feature in the tournament again until 2016, when they reached the Round of 16, before being thrashed by Belgium. Hungary are 2x World Cup finalists, however such achievements date back to 1938 and 1954. They have not qualified for the World Cup Finals since 1986, demonstrating their struggles.
How Hungary Qualified for Euro 2020
Hungary beat Bulgaria 3-1, before overcoming Iceland 2-1 to reach Euro 2020 via the playoffs. This came after Hungary finished fourth in qualifying Group E, following four wins and four losses. Hungary scored just 8 goals during the campaign, conceding 11 in the process. Their campaign started with a 2-0 defeat in Slovakia, before ending with a 2-0 loss against Wales. However, a 2-1 win over Croatia and their performances during the UEFA Nations League helped them progress.
Hungary in Group F
Hungary could not have been handed a more difficult draw, with Marco Rossi’s side set to take on former winners Portugal, France and Germany in Group F. They will be boosted slightly by the fact that their opening two fixtures will take place in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. It is difficult to see where Hungary will pick up points, with the following being how their Euro 2020 fixtures have been scheduled:
- Hungary vs Portugal – Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest – June 15 17:00
- Hungary vs France – Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest – June 19 14:00
- Germany vs Hungary – Allianz Arena, Munich – June 23 20:00
Hungary Euro 2020: Odds & Predictions
Hungary are unsurprisingly one of the rank outsiders to win Euro 2020. In what would be the biggest surprise in the history of the tournament, punters can back Hungary at odds of 500/1 with Tonybet. Meanwhile, the following is how other top online bookies have priced the team ahead of their first match:
- Bet365 – 400/1
- Tonybet – 500/1
- 888Sport – 400/1
- SportNation – 9/1
- Betfair – 325/1
- NetBet – 400/1
- William Hill – 400/1
- Ladbrokes – 400/1
Elsewhere, betting on Hungary losing all three of their Group F matches is worth considering, with this market being available at odds of 11/8 with a host of bookies. On top of this, Hungary are 5/1 with Betfair to be the lowest scoring team in the competition.
Italian Marco Rossi has been in charge of Hungary since 2018. The 56-year-old replaced Georges Leekens, leading the team to their first appearance at a major tournament since 1986. Rossi tested positive for Covid-19 just a day before Hungary’s Euro 2020 playoff match against Iceland. The former Cavese, Budapest Honved and DAC Dunajská Streda boss has a win percentage of just over 50 during his time in charge of Hungary. Rossi began his coaching career at Italian Serie D side F.C. Lumezzane V.G.Z.
The Hungarian squad is certainly not full of recognised players, with the majority playing in less high-profile European leagues. Bristol City’s Adam Nagy is the only member of the squad currently playing in England, with Fenerbahce’s Attila Szalai and RB Leipzig’s Will Orban being among their standout players. 33-year-old captain Ádám Szalai has scored over 20 international goals during his career, the most in the squad. Unfortunately, Hungary’s biggest young talent, Dominik Szoboszlai, will miss out at Euro 2020 due to injury.
Hungary’s Strengths & Weaknesses
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi will need to be at his best if Hungary are to have any chance of making an impact at Euro 2020 this summer. The RB Leipzig stopper is Hungary’s vice captain and arguably best player. Meanwhile, defensively is perhaps where Hungary are strongest. With no recognised top-class striker, Hungary often rely on hitting opponents on the counter attack. There is a distinct lack of creativity in the Hungarian squad too, with the Group F outsiders likely to find it difficutl to break down France, Germany and Portugal.
Our Prediction for Hungary at Euro 2020
Given who they will come up against in Group F this summer, it is almost certain that Hungary will be eliminated at the earliest possible opportunity. Rossi’s side will do well to earn a single point, meaning that betting on Hungary losing all three Group F matches is worth considering. This market is available at odds of 11/8 with 888Sport. Hungary’s struggles during qualifying and their position at no.37 in the FIFA world rankings provide a good indication as to how they could perform at Euro 2020.