Germany will play host to Hungary on Wednesday, June 23 at Puskás Aréna. The hosts will be chasing their second win of the tournament, which would qualify them for the next stage, whereas Hungary will look to achieve the exact same thing, but with a much more challenging mountain to climb,
Germany vs Hungary
When: Wednesday, June 23 – 21:00 CEST
Where: Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany
Weather: Thunderstorms, 19°C
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Germany Eyeing Their Second Victory at EURO 2020
Germany enter this match with a win against Portugal and a loss to France. With three points to their name, a win tonight would qualify Germany for the next stage as either group winners or runners-up, depending on how France do against Portugal in Budapest.
Germany started their EURO 2020 campaign with a 0-1 loss to France but bounced back with a commanding 4-2 victory against Portugal on Saturday. Although Joachim Löw’s men received some help from Portugal en route to their impressive victory, it’s hard to say that Germans didn’t deserve to win.
Thanks to that win, Germany don’t necessarily need to win. Even if they lose tonight with 0-1, they will still qualify for the next stage as one of the top third-placed teams, assuming Portugal defeats France. Suffice to say, the Germans should feel safe.
In regards to team news, Germany won’t be able to count on their striker Thomas Muller, who has injured his knee. Without Muller, Germany should look far less threatening in the attack, which will likely result in a bit slower start from the Germans.
Hungary Looking For An Upset
Hungary enter this match off an impressive 1-1 draw against France, which kept their chances to advance into the next stage alive. As a team was expected to end the group stage without a single point, Hungary have done exceptionally well to make their presence known.
Even in their EURO 2020 opener, Hungary played well and kept Portugal at bay for 84 minutes before they conceded three goals in 84’, 87’ and 90’+2. Despite the unfortunate defeat, Hungary have proven to be a very sturdy team that won’t give up unnecessary goals, which is definitely something for Germany to keep in mind as they enter the game with a weakened frontline.
Despite their heroic efforts, Hungary’s chances to make it into the last 16 are slim to none. They would need a win here, and that’s a bit optimistic given the quality of their next opponents and the venue they’re going to play on.
Adding to that, Hungary will likely be without their captain Adam Szalai, who has suffered a head injury against France. Nemanja Nikolics seems like a reasonable replacement.
Germany vs Hungary Betting Picks
Hungary have proven to be very effective in defending their goal and have done so against two of the strongest teams at the tournament. Performances like that would suggest that they should do relatively fine against Germany as well.
Hungary are a well-drilled and composed team that should cause some issues to Germany. However, it all depends on which version of Germany we will see – the one that played against France or the one that smacked Portugal.
Given Germany’s issues in the attack, we can imagine Hungary keeping the score level for the first half, but it’s unlikely that they’ll manage to keep the hosts at bay for the entire 90 minutes.
Prediction: Halftime Draw / Full Time Germany – 4.51 at Betfair Exchange
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