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The holders of the European Championship get their title defence underway in Group F against Hungary on Tuesday. This is the ‘group of death' and securing a win in the first round of fixtures could prove vital in any teams chances of qualifying for the knockout stage.
Read on for our full match preview and prediction for Hungary vs Portugal in the European Championship.
Our Top Predictions for Hungary vs Portugal
- Prediction one: Result & Total Goals – Portugal to Win & Over 2.5 Goals
- Prediction two: Anytime Goalscorer – Cristiano Ronaldo to Score
- Prediction three: Correct Score – 3-1 Portugal
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Portugal to Win & Over 2.5 Goals
Portugal have won six of their seven previous encounters with Hungary and have never lost against this particular opponent. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in five of the duo's last seven clashes across all competitions, so you can see just why we're expecting plenty of goals in this game. At least three goals have been scored in three of Hungary's last five outings as well as in four of Portugal's last six fixtures, adding further weight to our prediction. Portugal have won four of their last six matches and haven't lost since going down 1-0 against France in the Nations League.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Score
Really we shouldn't need to explain why we're backing Ronaldo to score against Hungary, but we're going to anyway. Ronaldo scored 11 goals in qualifying for Euro 2020 and even at the age of 26, he is still scoring goals for fun at all levels, netting 29 times in Serie A for Juventus this season. Ronaldo scored in Portugal's final warm-up game ahead of the Euros, putting the phenomenal forward on 104-goals from 175 caps.
Portugal have a great record against Hungary and have managed to score exactly three goals against them in five of the pair's last seven head-to-heads, which is why we're backing a 3-1 win for Portugal on Tuesday. Hungary have only failed to score in one of their last six international matches and while we do expect them to score against Portugal, the defending champions are still expected to win comfortably.
Hungary vs Portugal: The very latest stats
Pressure on Portugal to open their defence of the European Championship with a win
Hungary played out a 0-0 draw in their final friendly ahead of their clash with Portugal on Tuesday, but their form overall has been decent of late. However, this is the so-called ‘group of death' and Hungary are predicted to finish in last place. Hungary don't have any injury concerns ahead of the first group game and while they will be hoping to get off to a positive start, their record against Portugal suggests that this match will end in their defeat.
Portugal have a full-strength squad to pick from and will be looking to put in a dominant display, much like the one they produced against Israel in their final warm-up game which ended in a comfortable 4-0 victory. There is going to be more pressure on Portugal as the raining European Championship winners but getting through this group won't be easy and ensuring a win against Hungary is paramount.
FAQ – Hungary vs Portugal
- Where can I watch this game in the UK? – ITV / ITV Hub
- What was the score when these sides last met? – Hungary 0-1 Portugal, 3/9/17
- Who are the favourites to win? – Portugal are the clear favourties