Hungary vs France: Preview, predictions, team news, betting tips and odds
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France can take a huge step towards the Euro 2020 knockout stages as they face Hungary on Saturday afternoon.
The 2018 World Cup winners kicked off their Euros journey with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Germany in Munich, leaving them top of Group F - the ‘group of death’.
With Portugal as their final fixture of the group stages, a tie against Hungary represents the ideal chance to get three more points on the board.
A 3-0 reverse against Portugal was hard on the Hungarians given the game was goalless until the final 10 minutes, and Didier Deschamps star-studded world champions will have to show tough, if limited, opponents enough respect in what could be trying conditions with a raucous partisan crowd.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Hungary vs France is scheduled for a 2pm BST kick-off on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
The match will be held at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest.
Hungary vs France team news
Kingsley Coman has been granted permission to leave the French squad to attend the birth of his child, the country’s football federation (FFF) said on Thursday.
The decision was authorised by Deschamps and the FFF gave the Bayern Munich winger permission after consultation with UEFA and its Covid-19 cell.
Hungary’s hopes took another hit this week when midfielder Daniel Gazdag withdrew from the squad through injury, robbing them of another creative option after Dominik Szoboszlai and Zsolt Kalmar also missed out on the tournament.
Szabolcs Schon, who had a goal disallowed against Portugal when the score was 0-0 after coming on as a substitute, is unlikely to force his way into the starting lineup with Rossi set to keep faith with Roland Sallai and Adam Szalai up top.
Goalkeepers: Peter Gulaasi, Denes Dibusz, Adam Bogdan
Defenders: Gergo Lovrencsics, Endre Botka, Adam Lang, Akos Kecskes, Attila Fiola , Willi Orban, Attila Szalai, Bendeguz Bolla
Midfielders: Loic Nego, Adam Nagy, Laszlo Kleinheisler, David Siger, Andras Schafer, Tamas Cseri, Filip Holender
Forwards: Adam Szalai, Roland Sallai, Nemanja Nikolic, Kevin Varga, Roland Varga , Szabolcs Schon, Janos Hahn
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan
Defenders: Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Sissoko, Corentin Tolisso
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram
The almost alien sight of a full arena of spectators was a breath of fresh air as Hungary welcomed Portugal to the Puskas Arena on Tuesday, and the reigning champions failed to make their dominance count until a seven-minute flurry in the dying embers of the match.
After substitute Szabolcs Schon had a goal ruled out for offside, Portugal drew first blood in the 84th minute as Raphael Guerreiro's effort trickled past Peter Gulacsi, and the man for the international stage Ronaldo would add a further two strikes to break Michel Platini's European Championship goalscoring record.
Hungary manager Marco Rossi took the blame on the day after making in-game alterations which he felt did not pay off, but the 56-year-old witnessed his determined outfit keep Ronaldo and co at bay for 84 minutes on the day, and that is certainly something to be applauded.
Occupying a spot in the group of death with France, Germany and Portugal was always expected to end in dismay for Hungary - whose 11-game unbeaten streak across all competitions was ended at the hands of Portugal - but Rossi's men have proven that they will not go down waving the white flag.
A shock result against 2014 World Cup winners Germany - who also lost their opening game - could yet spell a remarkable third-placed finish for 37th-ranked Hungary, who were eliminated by Belgium in the last-16 stage five years ago, but not many will be placing bets on Rossi's men getting one over the reigning world champions.
Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe will not be making friends with the officials anytime soon after both strikers had goals disallowed versus Germany on matchday one, but Didier Deschamps's men nevertheless managed to sink Die Mannschaft five years after dumping them out of the Euro 2016 semi-finals.
With 20 minutes on the clock, veteran defender Mats Hummels inadvertently turned Lucas Hernandez's cross into his own net for the game's only goal, as France made the ideal start to their group of death campaign en route to an expected top-two finish in the group.
Furthermore, France head into Saturday's game on a five-match winning streak against Hungary - who have not prevailed over Les Bleus since 1976 - and goals from Djibril Cisse and Florent Malouda saw France win 2-1 the last time these sides met in a 2005 friendly.
While Hungary head into the Euros in superb form, they have been paired with three European giants in Group E. They lost their opening fixture and now face the daunting task of taking on a rampant France side.
France head into this game with sky-high confidence, especially following their win over Germany. We predict they will claim all three points at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium.
Prediction: Hungary 0-2 France
France to Win-to-Nil
France have won each of their last four encounters with Hungary but the pair haven't locked horns since back in 2005. The French made it five clean sheets in the run with their 1-0 victory over the Germans, while Hungary have failed to score in each of their last two outings.
Over 2.5 Goals
We're expecting France to score a few goals in this game, given how the Hungary defence collapsed against Portugal. Four of Hungary's last six matches have produced over 2.5 goals, while two of France's last three fixtures have also witnessed at least three goals.
3-0 to France
France have secured 3-0 wins in two of their last three outings and their defence hasn't conceded a goal in any of their last five international matches. Hungary have conceded exactly three goals in two of their last six matches, including their opening game of the group stage against Portugal and we're backing them to lose 3-0 against when they face France on Saturday.
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