Things are very tight in Group E of Euro 2020 qualification. Croatia are leading the way but with only a one-point advantage over both Slovakia and Thursday’s opponents Hungary. So will the Curtains be able to deliver a home win to leave them in a strong position to lock down a qualification place? Read our Croatia v Hungary betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)
The Croatians are top of Group E but only by the narrow margin of one point. They suffered a shock 2-1 loss on their trip to Hungary earlier in the group and were held to a draw by Azerbaijan. But despite those setbacks, their record of W3 D1 L1 has seen them lead the way in the group. A win in this game will pretty much secure them a place at Euro 2020 next summer as it would move them four points clear of Hungary with two to play.
Croatia’s form is patchy. They are W3 D1 L2 in their last six fixtures (competitive and friendly). A 2-1 home defeat against Tunisia in a friendly back in June snapped a four-match winning streak of home form that they were on. Croatia’s form in European Championship home qualifiers is excellent. They are W6 D2 in their last eight such fixtures but have only nailed the one clean sheet in their last five. But their home scoring is worth noting as they have netted at least two goals in six of their last seven European Championship qualifiers at home.
Croatia have won their last three home games against Hungary
This is the first meeting in Croatia since 1996
Hungary are unbeaten in their last four against Croatia (W1 D3)
There was a 2-1 home win secured by Hungary in the first group meeting
If Hungary could pull off the double over Croatia in this group, they would leave themselves in a fine position. Not only would they be two points clear of Croatia, but would boss the head to head tiebreaker with them if it came down to it. Hungary are on a W3 D2 record in the group, their two reverses happening against Slovakia. That is back to back defeats which Hungary have suffered, a friendly loss in Montenegro being followed by a loss in the qualifiers to Slovakia.
Those were both 2-1 defeats. Hungary have scored in each of their last five games. Hungary have taken a W2 D1 L2 record in their last five European Championship away qualifiers, the losses happening against Greece and Slovakia. They are one of those sides who are a bit hit and miss. Without question, they are a bigger threat on home soil than anything. If you look at their away form in all types of fixtures, they are W1 D2 L5 in their last eight.
Croatia were shocked on that trip to Hungary, but they should be able to even things out by winning their home fixture against them. Hungary are not a good away side at all and Croatia on home soil should have enough quality to get the job done. Home win.
9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
It is turning out to be a competitive section, is Group E of Euro 2020 qualification. Hungary are top of the group thanks to holding a head to head advantage over Croatia. But then both Wales and Slovakia are just behind by three points. Home success for the Hungarians would leave their situation a lot stronger with just the three games to play after. Read our Hungary v Slovakia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 7th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)
Hungary had a bit of a momentum setback on Friday night as they suffered a 2-1 away loss at Montenegro in a friendly. That was a surprise result as Hungary had been on a three-match winning streak before that. But they are likely to be stronger and a lot more focused for this pressure situation. When they go into the next international break in October, their first game is at Croatia, who they are level on points with at the top of the group. They need all they can get out of this one, before that big clash.
Hungary are carrying a bit of home form though. They are on a six-match winning streak on home turf in competitive games. They have conceded just one goal in their last four competitive home games. During this campaign, they have banked a 2-1 home success over Croatia and a 1-0 win over Wales. So that one goal winning margin for the home side may not be a bad option to lean towards for your betting. Their one defeat in the group happened in a 2-0 reverse against Slovakia. They’ll be out for some revenge.
Slovakia are W2 D2 L1 in the head to head against Hungary
Hungary lost the first group meeting 2-0
Two of the last three meetings have produced a home win
None of the five previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Slovakia had an even worse night on Friday than Hungary did. That is because they were crushed 4-0 at home by Croatia. That leaves them with a W2 L2 record in the group, their wins coming over Hungary and Azerbaijan, the defeats against Wales and then Croatia. Each of Slovakia’s last three games have gone over 3.5 goals but from a betting perspective that doesn’t look to be a viable option for this fixture.
Slovakia have no away form to speak of. In their last eight away games (both competitive and friendly) they have taken a W1 D1 L6 record. Four of those six defeats were by a 1-0 scoreline and all six of them were by a 1 goal margin. So that may well be a decent betting angle. In European. They really need to come up with something special in this one or they are likely going to fall out of the qualification picture completely.
Neither had a good night on Friday, but Hungary should be able to serve up a win on home soil. This is likely going to be a low scoring affair because both of them really need could use the win so it should be tense. There has been a trend of home wins in previous meetings. Roll with that.
8th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Hungary are the Group E leaders with six points on the broad from their two games so far. Wales are having to play a bit of catch up now after some poor defending led to their demise against Croatia on the weekend. Another defeat could be highly costly for them. Read our Hungary v Wales betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 10:18 p.m.)
Hungary are W2 L1 from their three qualifications matches so far. One of those wins were on home soil against Croatia, a superb 2-1 success. That is four wins in their last five games now that Hungary have collected so they are in pretty good shape at the moment (l1). The one defeat that they suffered in that sequence was a 2-0 away defeat at Slovakia in their open Euro 2020 qualifiers. They are currently on a four-match winning streak at home it is worth noting. Hungary scored exactly two goals in each of those home wins.
Back in the nations League, Hungary finished second behind Finland and they did claim a win in all three of their home games (Finland, Greece and Estonia). So they may very well present a bit of a challenge for the Welsh in this fixture. A win would actually leave them in a pretty strong position, but they have already played a game more than Wales have done in the group.
The last meeting was in 2005, Wales winning 2-0 in a home friendly
Wales have won the last two meetings with Hungary
The last competitive meetings between them was in Euro ‘76 qualifiers
Wales are W5 D2 L3 from their previous games against Hungary
Wales basically threw points away in Croatia. They lost 2-1 there because of some bad defending. David Brooks got their consolation in the 77th minute of the fixture. Even though they were heavily second best in terms of possession in the game, they did produce six shots on target against the two from Croatia. That defeat came after Wales had opened their Euro 2020 qualifiers with a home success over Slakova.
Wales are W4 L5 in their last nine games so they are hit and miss. They do have problems in getting enough goals. They haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last eight fixtures now. Walse have lost three of their last four away games as well now, scoring just the two goals in that sequence of fixtures. This is a big game for them at this stage. A win puts them level on points with Hungary, but still with a game in hand over them. Basically, anything out of this away game would be a decent return for the Welsh, especially considering the home form that Hungary have been in.
This is not an easy game for the Welsh here. Hungary should be more than a match for them on the night. The temptation is to simply go with the home side here, especially as underdogs because Wales do struggle to get themselves goals. Home win.
9th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
It was not a good start for Alex McLeish in his second spell as Scotland manager. The Scots lost 1-0 at home against Costa Rica on Friday night looking really slow at laborious for most of the match. So McLeish is going to have to start building momentum quickly ahead of the UEFA Nations League in September. But with all that having been said, Hungary didn’t have a good time of things on Friday either.
Hungary 8/5, Scotland 15/8, Draw 21/10* (Betting Odds taken at 04:16 p.m. on March 25th, 2018)
So can Scotland shake off that poor performance against Costa Rica on Friday night and redeem themselves a bit out in Hungary? Oli McBurnie was given a run out up front with Leigh Griffiths on the sidelines and McBurnie was arguably Scotland’s best player on the pitch. That is a three-match winless streak of form that they are on at the moment having lost their last two both by a 1-0 scoreline. In the Coral correct score market a Hungary 1-0 is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:16 p.m. on March 25th, 2018). There is suddenly a lot more pressure on this game now for Scotland after that loss against Costa Rica. The last away game that Scotland played was that 2-2 draw in Slovenia in the World Cup qualifiers which wasn’t enough to get them to the play-offs. Expect this to be a tight low key affair in what will be the first meeting between the two nations
Hungary were in action on Friday night as well and they also suffered a bit of a hammer blow of a loss. They went down 2-3 at home against Kazakhstan leaving them with a pretty poor W3 L4 record in their last seven, having lost four of their last six. During that spell though they did take a 1-0 win over Costa Rica last November. It is really hard to imagine that there is going to be a lot of goals flying around in his one and under 2.5 goals is at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 04:16 p.m. on March 25th, 2018). Hungary have actually won three of their last five home games (L2) so even though they are not at the same level as when they qualified for Euro 2016, they should be on a par with the Scots in this one.
A draw may not be a bad option to have a look at in this one as neither looked particularly good on Friday night. Scotland will at least want to get out of this by avoiding defeat or else McLeish is going to be under some early heavy pressure already.
25th March 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
It’s always nice to get a look at the forthcoming hosts of a World Cup. That is what Russia are and as they are only playing friendly matches until then, they are a bit of an enigma. They step out on Monday to take on Hungary who are having a tough time in World Cup 2018 qualifying. Russia are 13/10 for the win, with Hungary at 11/5 and the draw at 11/5.
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The Hungarians are in a tough World Cup 2018 qualifying group and them already five themselves five points back of the qualification spots after just the five games. Switzerland are running away with the group and European champions Portugal are sat in second. It’s going to be tough for Hungary to make up ground. They have gone W2 D1 L3 in their last six games and their most recent friendly saw them lost at home against Sweden. Under 2.5 goals in the game at Bet365 is a quote of 13/20 and reasonable to assume will happen. Hungary have failed to score in their last two matches and in three of their last six. If you fancy the Russians to roll in and win to nil then that is a price of 11/4 at bet365. The last time that these met was in a friendly back in 2014 which Russia posted a 2-1 away win in.
Russia looks a bit out of sorts and ill prepared for a decent run in their home World Cup next summer. They have gone W2 D1 L3 in their last six just like Hungary have done, but all of Russia’s have been friendly matches. Their last game saw them play out an exciting 3-3 draw with Belgium on home soil, but they have lost to the likes of Costa Rica and Qatar recently and so it’s hard to put a lot of stock into them. In the anytime goalscorer market, they have Fedor Smolov as 8/5 outright favourite with Dmitri Poloz and Aleksandr Bukharov at 12/5. They have scored in their two previous games against Hungary and both teams to score at bet365 is a price of 10/11. Can the Russians raise them game a bit because they haven’t looked like doing much of anything recently? Hungary aren’t great side but they are competitive without having a lot of scoring power.
Hungary to win: This is just a toss of the coin and we are going with the home advantage here. Russia have had some very strange losses recently and look like a work in progress. Hungary may at least have benefited from competitive matches in World Cup qualifying and can sneak a win in a low scoring game here.
5th June 2017 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
There are not many punters who will have expected to be seeing Hungary lining up in the round of sixteen at Euro 2016, but they are there on merit after having topped their group against the odds. Now they face a game against Belgium, who haven’t exactly found their form at the tournament and if the Hungarians can produce one of their energetic, positive performances, they may be capable of causing another upset in the tournament. Belgium are13/20 to take the win with the draw at 13/5 and Hungary out at 6/1.
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There has been some really positive performances from Hungary at the tournament, more than what was ever expected from them to be honest. They opened with a 2-0 win over Austria and while they benefited from the Austrians going down to ten men, Hungary were still the better of the two sides. They needed a bit of luck when Iceland put through their own goal in a 1-1 draw but then came that thrilling 3-3 draw against Portugal, where three times the Hungarians had put themselves ahead in the match. Fortunately for Portugal they had Cristiano Ronaldo to earn a point for them. But that’s six goals from Hungary in the group stage among them the joint top scorers alongside Wales.
In the anytime goalscorer market Balazs Dzsudzsak, who netted a brace against Portugal is a 6/1 shot with Adam Szalai and Tamas Priskin the shortest priced option at 5/1. Big prices. But then Hungary have won just one of their last six matches (W1 D4 L1) but on the other hand they may be value for a draw here because they have only lost two of their last fifteen games. They go into the knockout stage unbeaten and full of confidence and will be under-rated by a lot of punters. As for Belgium, a lot has been expected of them against at a major tournament and by and large they have failed to deliver. Only their 3-0 win over Ireland saw them put together a decent game and they looked decidedly average in a 2-0 loss against Italy and a 1-0 laboured victory over Sweden.
That’s is with Belgium, they look indecisive and lacking unity in the final third of the pitch, despite all the quality that they have in there. Romelu Lukaku netted twice against Ireland and he is a 5/4 outright favourite in the anytime goalscorer market with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne (arguably their best player at the tournament) and Eden Hazard at 2/1. Belgium haven’t been clicking too well as a unit and could be vulnerable, so much so that both teams to score has some appeal at a price of 6/4 on the game. Belgium have gone W4 D1 L1 in their last six so are shaping up well, but they fall into average, dull football most of the time instead of living up to expectation. Which Belgium will turn up on the day will remain to be seen.
There is probably value in having a crack at the draw on this one. Hungary have looked prepared just to go for it, while Belgium look unassured of themselves in games. Can see both of these getting on the scoresheet in the game and things being level at extra time. From there you would probably edge Belgium to edge through.
23rd June 2016 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Portugal were again frustrated at Euro 2016 when they were held to a draw against Austria in their second match of the group stage. That follow their 1-1 draw against Iceland of course and despite dominating their opponents in both games, have yet to find their winning touch. Hungary just need a point in this one to confirm themselves a top two finish in the tournament which would be a huge underdog success for them. Can they hold out against the Portuguese as well? Portugal are 1/3 for the win, with the draw at 10/3 and Hungary at 11/1.
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Group F has been full of surprises at Euro 2016 and Hungary have been at the centre of that. They opened with a good win over Austria where they looked really bright and positive. But they needed a late own goal from Iceland to earn a point against them in their second match. Hungary have only lost one of their last six games (W2 D3 L1) so will be hoping that their resilience will get them a point that they need to win the group (most likely) against Portugal. That would be huge for them but they know that they are going to have their backs against the wall in this one. They will be hoping that this is a game which goes under 2.5 goals because that increases their chances of holding out for the point and that is a price of 4/7 with online betting site Bet365.
Hungary have lost their last four in a row against Portugal though and have failed to score in their last three against them as well. So the head to head form doesn’t make great reading for them and a Portugal 1-0 correct score and a Portugal 2-0 correct score are both running at 4/1. You could even go and have a shot at Portugal to win to nil for a price of 10/11 which is more appealing than the outright odds on them in this game. Hungary have only scored three goals (one of them an own goal) in their last five matches so aren’t a powerful unit up top, so this is going to be about them just hanging in there.
Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t really shown up at the tournament yet and he has looked a bit off his game. Portugal dominated against Iceland and Austria as an attacking force, but have only come away with one goal and two draws. They were expected to have been comfortable by this stage of proceedings, but they need to win to guarantee themselves a place in the top two because a draw wouldn’t be enough. They have created chances but they just haven’t put them away. Their approach has been good so it may be worth backing on them to come good sooner rather than later and Ronaldo is an 8/11 shot in the anytime goalscorer market with Nani at 2/1. At least they are creating chances which is something. Will someone stand up and actually take on tough against what is likely to be a big Hungarian defensive wall?
You would still have to side with Portugal in this one, even though they have been misfiring up top. They have created chances and something has to happen for them sooner or later. Hungary were lucky to get out with a draw against Iceland and while that and the fact that they only need a point will steel them, it’s hard to see them hanging in there. Portugal to win to nil.
20th June 2016 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
What a moment it was for Iceland in holding out for a draw against Portugal in their first ever European Championships match. That was a massive point for them and will have done them a power of good going into the game against Hungary. The Hungarians pulled off one of the shocks of the tournament so far in posting an easy win over Austria, who many punters had tipped to be the dark horse of the tournament. So with three points in the bag already, they will be looking forward to securing a spot in the next round by beating Iceland. Iceland are 8/5 for the win, with Hungary at 2/1 and the draw at 9/4.
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Iceland turned out a huge performance in taking a point out of their game against Portugal. That was their European Championship debut and while they didn’t have a lot to offer going forward (much to Cristiano Ronaldo’s chagrin) they worked very hard for their share of the spoils. So what next for the men in white? Can they dig out another point against Hungary or perhaps go even one better when they take on Hungary on Saturday? It’s not going to be that easy of a game for them of course in having to take on the Hungarians who will be full of confidence after taking a great win against Austria. The bookmakers though have made Iceland the favourites for this one despite the fact that they have lost their last four on the bounce against Hungary.
Iceland have met Hungary just the eight times before and Hungary are well ahead in the head to head with a 6-2 lead. Iceland have conceded twenty goals against Hungary across all of those matches. So while it may not apparently look like a game of goals, it could be worth having a crack over 2.5 goals in this one for a tempting price of 5/4 with online betting site Betfair. Seeing Iceland go out and win this one may be a bit of a stretch because they have only taken the three wins now in their last twelve matches played and the victories were over Liechtenstein, Greece and Finland, arguably not the toughest of opposition. Iceland are W3 D3 L6 in their last twelve and in total have taken just the three clean sheets. Both teams to score in this meeting will return you a price of 10/11.
Hungary were hugely positive in their approach to the game against Austria and had the much-fancied Austrians looking pretty average at times. That was a big win for Hungary and now they will know the opportunity that is in front of them in taking on Iceland. They could secure a spot in the next round with a win. In the anytime goalscorer market for Hungary who have Adam Szalai (who opened the scoring against Austria) at a price of 12/5 in the anytime goalscorer market. There has to be some value in Hungary here after their win and considering that they have a hugely positive head to head record over Iceland. Yes, their life was made a little easier against Austria with the Austrians down to ten men, but this is a huge opportunity for them to secure qualification before having to face Portugal.
Would side with Hungary, particularly with them going as underdogs in the match outright. They were bright, quick and positive against Austria, whereas Iceland had to work immensely hard to hang in there for their point against Portugal, which may have taken something out of them. Look for a win for the Hungarians.
16th June 2016 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
The Austrians were very solid through qualification but the question mark about them at Euro 2016 will be whether or not they can produce enough in the final third to make a deep run at the tournament. Hungary only just scraped their way into the finals through the play offs against Norway and have done little since to suggest that they are going to make any kind of impact at the finals. Austria are 8/11 for the win, with the draw at 5/2 and Hungary at 9/2.
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Can Austria make an impression at the European Championships? They were good through qualification in going unbeaten with nine wins and a draw on the board. They beat out Russia and Sweden to get the top spot conceding just the five goals along the way. They have gone a little patchy through their warm up though, with a W2 L3 record on the board. They lost their final warm up match which was against Holland. That was a 2-0 defeat but that is the only one of their last nine games in which they have failed to score. They have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight games. But can they make it count when it really matters? They are a price of 7/5 to win this one to nil.
The big goalscoring threat from Austria is the brilliant Marc Janko who is a price of 5/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. He scored seven goals through qualification and he was supported well by David Alaba who weighed in with four and Marko Arnautovic and Martin Harnik both netted three. So they have goals in them and they may get to show that in this opener at least. Austria have faced Hungary three times before and things are even in the head to head with one win each and draw. The last time they came together was back in 2006 so it’s been a while though. But the comparison between the two through qualifying tells a pretty strong story.
Hungary had to come through the playoffs after finishing behind Northern Ireland and Romania. They beat out Norway in the play offs and the wins in each of those two legs are just two of three wins that Hungary have managed in their last nine games (W3 D4 L2). You can’t look to them for a lot of goals really as they have scored just the one in their last three games played. And there’s really not any scoring strength evident in their ranks. So they may well find themselves on the back foot quite a bit in this game. Under 2.5 goals in the game can be backed at a price of 8/13 and in the correct score market punters will probably find some appeal as well in an Austria 1-0 selection at a price of 9/2.
Hungary are one of the big rank outsiders for this tournament and are not too likely to pose too much of a threat to Austria. The Austrians look strong enough at the back to repel a very timid Hungarian attack and while the game is likely to go under 2.5 goals Austria can win this without raising too much of a sweat.
12th June 2016 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
The first Euro 2016 play-off tie will be settled on Sunday and it is advantage to Hungary after they held on to earn a 1-0 draw in Oslo on Friday night. Can the Hungarians close out the deal or is there more life left in this with the way that Norway completely dominated the first leg? The Norwegians have also won their last two visits to Hungary. Norway are 7/4 for the win,with Hungary at 13/8 and the draw at 2/1.
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So there is the likelihood that this second leg is going to be pretty intense. Norway have won three of the four previous meeting between the two nation sand have triumphed on their previous two visits to Hungary as well, winning 4-1 and 2-0. The last time they went there was for a friendly at the back end of 2012 to card the win. The Norwegians were dominant in the first leg of their Euro 2016 play off and really had Hungary on the ropes. All they failed to do was score. But this is a must win game for them now and they have it in them to pull it off. Alexander Soderlund is a 12/5 anytime goalscorer quote for the match.
If you fancy the game going under 2.5 goals as well then that is a 1/2 option. If Norway get on the scoresheet first then this will be fascinating because they have a lot more to offer going forward than Hungary do and with away goals beckoning could still turn this around. Norway are a 9/4 price at Betfair to turn the who tie around and Qualify for the Euro 2016 finals. One on nation has ever previously made it through to the European Championship finals after losing the first leg of a play-off tie (Netherlands against Scotland).
It’s fair to say that Hungary rode their luck defensively in Oslo, but is that all of the hard work out of the way? They were battered by 21 shot on goal from Norway, but keeper Gabor Kiraly stood firm despite Hungary only taking 37% of possession in the game. A long distance strike from Laslo Kleinheisler stunned the Norwegians. Of concern will be the fact that Hungary haven’t been in stellar form on home soil, winning just W2 D2 L1 one of those wins a narrow 2-1 victory over the Faroe Islands. They may have to dig pretty deep for another big ninety minutes.
Norway did everything right in the first leg except find the back of the net. They look big value in the match outright to turn this time around. If they get in front, then Hungary are likely to be extremely nervous at the back given the amount of pressure they were under in the first leg. Go for Norway.
14th November 2015 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus