Hungary's reward for finishing top of Group F is a last 16 clash against Belgium in Toulouse on Sunday. Few fancied Bernd Storck's side to make much of an impact in France, but the Magyars claimed a battling 3-3 draw against Portugal in their final group game. The underdogs have confounded their critics thus far, but Storck's charges will need to be at their very best if they are to get the better of Belgium.
Indeed, the enormity of the task facing the Hungarians is reflected by NetBet's 23/4 (6.75) quote for them to claim a famous victory, while the odds compilers offer 3/1 (4.0) that Hungary reach the last eight of the competition at the expense of Marc Wilmots' side via any method.
Belgium were slow starters, suffering a 2-0 defeat against Italy in their opening group game, but the Red Devils claimed six points from their final two fixtures in Group E to secure their place in the knockout stages of the European Championships for the first time in 36 years.
Belgium can be backed at 20/33 (1.61) with NetBet to march on by beating Hungary, while Wilmots' side are as short as 20/67 (1.30) with the same firm to qualify for the next round of the competition. The draw is a 51/20 (3.55) chance with the odds compilers.
The Red Devils will certainly draw confidence from their recent record in this fixture, for they have come out on top in six of the last eight matches between the two nations. With the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all likely to line up against Storck's team, Belgium have players capable of hurting Hungary. Wilmots' charges have found the net in all but one of their last 12 matches and the 21/20 (2.05) quote on offer from NetBet for Belgium to score two or more goals represents excellent value for punters.
Hungary enjoyed a shock victory in their opening group game against Austria, but Storck's outfit required a late own-goal to spare their blushes against Iceland, while the Magyars have won just one of their last six matches.
The Magyars will point to their 3-3 draw against Fernando Santos' side as evidence that they can hold their own against the continent's top teams, but both of Balazs Dzsudzsak's second-half strikes in that match benefitted from wicked deflections and, in truth, Hungary were fortuitous to claim a share of the spoils against the Portuguese.
Belgium have scored two or more goals in six of their last seven victories and their attacking talents often mask their defensive issues, while Hungary have managed a clean sheet in just two their last eight competitive matches.
Furthermore, NetBet's 21/20 (2.05) quote for Wilmots' charges to score two or more goals would have paid dividends in each of the last five meetings between the two teams and punters are, therefore, advised to back Belgium to get amongst the goals once again in Toulouse.
|Belgium over 1.5 team goals at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2pt stake with NetBet|