Euro 2016: Hungary Braces for Tough Test Against BelgiumPublished June 26, 2016 by Florin P
Belgium poised to end Hungary’s European ambitions (8:00 p.m UK Time).
When Greece won the European championship, their achievement reignited hope for all mediocre teams in Europe. It proved that with the right strategy, extraordinary discipline and fighting spirit, one can beat the odds and emerge victorious. Not even the most optimistic Hungarian fans expect their team to win Euro 2016, but they count on their favorites to cause another upset against Belgium in the round of 16.
A Stunning Performance in Group F
At the beginning of the European championship, Hungary was regarded as the underdog in its group. That was the result of the team barely qualifying at the end of a playoff game that could’ve gone either way. They don’t have remarkable players but even so, they managed to avoid defeat in all three games and picked up valuable three points against Austria.
Arguably the most impressive performance was against Portugal, in which Hungary scored three goals and could’ve won the match. As group leaders, they will have the pseudo-advantage of playing against the team finishing second in group E. Unfortunately for them, this is Belgium, one of the most promising squads at Euro 2016.
Plenty to Prove for Belgian Players
Two years ago, Belgium made a deep run at the World Cup, but had to bow out from the competition after losing to Argentina. They’ve got amazing players who compete for some of the best teams in the English Premier League. A top class goalkeeper, an experienced lineup of defenders and midfielders keep them safe, but it is the offensive that shines the brightest.
Lukaku and Hazard are expected to make short work of the Hungarian defense and put the 40-year-old goalkeeper to the test. Kiraly will come under a barrage of shots and he is unlikely to deflect all of them. The bottom line is that players should bet on Belgium to win in regulation time at odds of 7/10 at bet365 Sports.