Appearing for the second consecutive time in the European Championship, the Hungarians have already accomplished a feat that is difficult to reach.
They are in for quite a challenge at the beginning, as they will play their opening match against the Portuguese, a nation that they failed to beat in all of their previous attempts.
Despite being considered as serious underdogs, their recent form is promising, as they are enjoying an eleven matches positive run in all competitions, and having a home-field advantage in this will give them a push in the back against much favored Iberians.
The hosts will miss defender Hangya (10/0, Fehervar), important midfielder Szoboszlai (12/3, RB Leipzig), another midfielder Kalmar (27/2, DAC Streda), and forward Gyurcso (20/3, Osijek) compared to previous call-ups.
Current European Champion Portugal will definitely try to reach a historical success and lift a trophy for the second time in a row, a feat only accomplished by neighboring Spain.
They should have no problems in progressing from the group stage, as they managed to do so in many recent EURO appearances, and surely enough, are eager to start their campaign in the best way possible, with a victory that is pretty much expected throughout the football community.
The Portuguese will miss defenders Cancelo (27/5, Man City), Soares (34/1, Arsenal), Neto (19/0, Sporting), midfielder Gomes (29/0, Everton), and forward Neto (3/1, Wolves) compared to previous call-ups.
Hungary vs Portugal H2H
03.09.17 Hungary vs Portugal 0 : 1
25.03.17 Portugal vs Hungary 3 : 0
22.06.16 Hungary vs Portugal 3 : 3
10.10.09 Portugal vs Hungary 3 : 0
Better in every way
And being better, they should get the victory. However, the Hungarians are usually not calculating a lot and backed by their own fans, I doubt they will opt for a completely passive approach as well. They are drawn into one of the toughest groups but have a chance to beat all the odds and show what they can do. On the other hand, if given space, Portuguese can be even more effective than what we’re used from them.