Hungary VS Belgium Prediction
“Stadium Municipal” in Toulouse will host the last match from Sunday’s UEFA Euro 2016 schedule where Hungary and Belgium are back in the elimination stages and this happens after many years of waiting for both nations.
Belgium plays the role of favorite and after the slow start against Italy, “The Red Devils” bounced with two victories which truly won the second Group E position for them. Marc Wilmots reinforced the squad after the 0-2 defeat by Italy and using Thomas Meunier at the right-back position looks as the most reliable starter at this position since some time. Laurent Ciman couldn’t met the high expectations and respectively Meunier has left good impressions after the games against Ireland (3:0) and Sweden (1:0).
Hungary will be considered for underdogs against Belgium but fact they won Group F speaks about the development of football in the central European country and we may easily conclude that 3-3 draw vs Portugal was perhaps the best game at the tournament so far. But the Euro 2016 fixture with most goals in the group stage for sure.
Team News – Hungary
Hungary were one of the biggest tournament underdogs but Bernd Storck’s men have fully deserved previously forsaken nickname “The Magical Magyars” and new generation of Hungarian players writes history. Not only with the appearance of veterans like goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly and with stable presence of skipper Zoltán Gera, but with the excellent work of the German duo between Bernd Storck and Andreas Möller. Domestic coach is also on duty and Zoltán Szélesi is the Hungarian who’s assistant of Bernd Storck, improving the level of scouting service and knowledge about the local talents, coming after completing all steps in the national team hierarchy. Perfect supply for Storkc/Möller who show modern way of thinking and they relevantly offer something new in every next game. Indeed, Hungary started in different formation in every formation and they’re also using the variety of the 23 players squad. Hungary used its whole squad depth except the reserve goalkeepers and this makes 21 different names who wore the national team jersey at Euro 2016.
Hungary started with the 4-1-4-1 formation against Austria when “The Magical Magyars” returned on the big stage with noisy 2-0 win over Austria. That victory inspired the squad and it proved that Hungary have reasonable thoughts for potential Round of 16 position and it added more courage into the squad.
Both following draws against debutants Iceland and the strong team of Portugal came as a plus of our assertion that Hungary looks solid and usage of other formations like the 4-3-3 (vs Iceland) and 4-2-3-1 (vs Portugal) make the potential Hungarian approach here pretty unpredictable. Especially after we highlighted that Bernd Storck used all the outfield players he called in the Euro 2016 squad.
Attila Fiola remains doubtful and that’s something new for the right-back who took part in the win over Austria, while Zoltan Gera was brought off the pitch at half-time in Hungary’s last group game. We believe that Fiola and Gera will manage to return in the match of the century for “The Magical Magyars” and another game with 4-1-4-1 formation, as well as with well rested midfielders in face of Ádám Nagy and László Kleinheisler, who were on the bench vs Portugal, but even without them we saw that Akos Elek and Adam Pintér have quality to resist against Portuguese midfield – squad which was with most stars and most reputable players in Group F.
Team News – Belgium
Belgium had a tricky Euro 2016 opener and pressure to deal with, but Marc Wilmots and his players have shown composure when it was necessary. “The Red Devils” were pretty close to find themselves in hell after the slip against Italy and they were seriously criticized, even ridiculed. However, Belgium team was brilliant against “The Boys in Green” and three goals against Ireland came in the right moment to return the ultimate confidence not only in the players, but towards the coach and his staff. Romelu Lukaku reminded about his presence as he scored twice against Ireland so we think that he guaranteed starting position for at least one game more, as the 23-year-old striker of Everton is definitely one of the biggest prospects in European football. He already holds impressive experience for his age and his cooperation with other Premier League stars like Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne has given particular reflection.
The narrow success against Sweden came in one frugal way but that wonderful shot by Radja Nainggolan came right on time and it will secure more confidence across the team.
Mousa Dembélé remains doubtful and we don’t think that any rotations by Marc Wilmots are expected here, especially after his side won in the last two rounds. He’ll stick to central midfield duo between Axel Witsel and Radja Nainggolan.
Head-to-head – Hungary vs Belgium in the past
Hungary and Belgium carry some history of their meetings and the most remarkable match between both European countries remains on the continental scene when Belgium won the third-place decider at Euro 1972 in Belgium – 2:1. It was followed by another notable encounter on the international scene when they met at “Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero” in Elche, in a group stage fixture from the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. That game has ended with a draw (1-1) and it was the last competitive match between both nations.
Belgium and Hungary have met for three more games late in the years but all of them were friendlies and they were convincingly won by Belgium with at least two goals difference. Last of them was the 3:0 win in November 2009 when Belgium was in relatively different squad, but still names of Thomas Vermaelen (scored), Jan Vertonghen and Eden Hazard took part in that game.
Hungary of Erwin Koeman had its own number of players from current Euro 2016 squad – Gabor Kiraly, Roland Juhasz, Tamas Priskin and Balazs Dzsudzsák were participating from Hungarian side.
Euro 2016: Hungary vs Belgium – possible squads and betting tip
Hungary shows decent football and we can say that we are impressed by their progress, as we already mentioned, under Bernd Storck’s management. With bigger number of domestic league players, Hungary proposes some names who are not so known for the football community and this is their main weapon, or at least was so far. Now everyone looks to Hungary in completely different light and fact they took the lead in three consecutive occasions against Portugal testifies for their mentality.
Belgium are once again main favorites and actually “Red Devils” were certain favorites in all their Euro 2016 fixtures so far. However, the elimination stage won’t propose another chance if you make a wrong step and Marc Wilmots’ men will be very careful when facing Hungary.
Hungary are one of only four teams that scored in every of their three Euro 2016 games and they shouldn’t be written off at any point. We shouldn’t forget that Belgium failed to impress on national team level in the new century, despite the quarter-final place in Brazil two years ago. However, Belgium is one from the main favorites to reach this years’ final in Paris, not only because of the impressive squad which Marc Wilmots’ can chose from, but because the elimination stage draw is pretty favourable for “The Red Devils”.
Both teams won’t give up without a proper fight here, not in this stage.
Final conclusion and betting prediction: We found good value in current odds for “Both teams to score” and this is our main prediction for the Euro 2016 1/8 final between Hungary and Belgium.
Referee: Milorad Mazic from Serbia.
Assistant referees and fourth official: Milovan Ristic, Dalibor Djurdjevic (Serbia) and Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).
Venue: “Stadium Municipal”, Toulouse.
Possible starting squads of Hungary and Belgium
Hungary: Gabor Kiraly – Tamas Kadar, Richard Guzmics, Ádám Lang, Attila Fiola – Zoltan Gera – Balazs Dzsudzsak (c), Adam Nagy, László Kleinheisler, Zoltan Stieber – Adam Szalai. (4-1-4-1)
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois – Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Meunier – Radja Nainggolan, Axel Witsel – Eden Hazard (c), Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco – Romelu Lukaku. (4-2-3-1)