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Germany look odds-on to reach the last-16 of Euro 2020 as they round off their Group F journey against Hungary.
Die Nationalmannschaft kicked off the group with a 1-0 defeat to France, and looked in real trouble after going behind to Portugal - but Joachim Low’s team rallied brilliantly to win 4-2.
With Hungary and France also drawing last time out, Didier Deschamps’ world champions face Portugal in their final group game - and that offers Germany a great chance to progress with a result against Hungary.
However, Hungary are still in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages, and could go through with a win if results and goal difference go their way.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Germany vs Hungary is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
The match will be held at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.
Germany vs Hungary Team News
Germany manager Joachim Low could be without the services of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Jonas Hofmann and RB Leipzig right-back Lukas Klostermann, with both players nursing injuries. Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka, who had some injury issues before the tournament began, made an appearance against Portugal and is expected to be fit.
Doubtful: Jonas Hofmann, Lukas Klostermann
Meanwhile, Hungary could be without Mainz striker Adam Szalai. Freiburg forward Roland Sallai, who looked sharp against both Portugal and France, looks likely to lead the line once again, with Fehervar striker Nemanja Nikolic his likely partner. Fenerbahce centre-back Attila Szalai and Osijek midfielder Laszlo Kleinheisler have looked good as well.
Doubtful: Adam Szalai
Germany vs Hungary: Match preview
In perhaps the most entertaining game so far at this summer's finals, on Saturday, Germany came from a goal behind to put in an attacking display reminiscent of their lauded 2006 World Cup team - keeping them in the mix to progress from the tournament's 'Group of Death'.
Led by the marauding wide pair of Joshua Kimmich and Robin Gosens - with the latter scoring the fourth against defending champions Portugal from the former's pinpoint cross - the Germans brushed aside doubts which lingered following an opening loss to old foes France.
No secret to followers of free-flowing Serie A side Atalanta, wing-back Gosens captured previously sceptical hearts and minds with a Man of the Match performance at Munich's Allianz Arena. With 12 goals and six assists from the left flank for the Bergamo club last season, the man who worked his way up through the Dutch football system and has never played in the Bundesliga weighed in with a typically energetic contribution, despite sapping heat in the Bavarian capital.
As a result of that morale-boosting success, Germany will now certainly go through if they can beat Hungary this week, or if they draw and France do not lose against Portugal in the other Group F fixture to be played concurrently. In fact, Die Nationalelf will actually finish first if they win and France do not, thereby qualifying for the knockout stages of the Euros for a fourth time in succession.
Having won the tournament in 1996, the Germans then failed to make it out of the group stage in 2000 and 2004, but finished as runners-up at Euro 2008 before making the semis in the two most recent editions.
To emulate, or perhaps even surpass, such recent achievements, 2014 World Cup-winner Low will continue his final quest for continental glory on Wednesday, having seen his team transformed in the space of 90 magical minutes.
Germany vs Hungary Prediction
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After a disappointing performance against France, Germany bounced back with an emphatic win over Portugal. Atalanta left wing-back Robin Gosens was the star of the show, with his marauding runs causing constant problems to Portugal right-back Nelson Semedo. Germany will be brimming with confidence after such a performance, although questions linger over their backline.
Hungary, on the other hand, have given a good account of themselves at the tournament so far. A spirited performance against Portugal, in which the scoreline did not do credit to their display, was followed by another disciplined game against France, where they deserved a point. Not much was expected from Marco Rossi's side, but they have caused trouble to some of the biggest nations in Europe.
The Group of Death has delivered what it promised. France top the group with 4 points, with Germany and Portugal on 3 each respectively. Hungary have shown that they are no pushovers, and Germany will have to be at their very best. Having said that, Low's men should have enough to win this game.
Prediction: Germany 1-0 Hungary
Germany vs Hungary: Betting tips and odds
Germany & BTTS
Germany looked far better going forward against Portugal than they did against France, scoring 4-goals on their way to victory. The Germans now face the weakest team in the group, Hungary, and we're fully expecting Low's side to secure all 3pts. However, Germany are yet to keep a clean sheet at Euro 2020, so we're backing both teams to score in Wednesday's clash.
Over 3.5 Goals
Three of the last seven encounters between Hungary and Germany have produced over 3.5 goals, and we're expecting another goals-filled 90-minutes on Wednesday. Two of Germany's last three fixtures have produced over 3.5 goals and Hungary have only failed to score in two of their last six international matches. Hungary have looked decent going forward at Euro 2020 but always seem to offer their opponents a number of goal-scoring opportunities.
Thomas Muller to Score
Thomas Muller is yet to score at Euro 202 but came very close during the 4-2 win over Portugal. Muller have scored 39-goals in 104 caps for the senior German international side and scored 15-goals in 46 games for Bayern Munich this season, so he is a great bet to score anytime against a Hungary side that is yet to keep a clean sheet in this tournament.
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