WHAT: Euro 2020, Group F, Round 2
LINE: Hungary +1000 | Draw +410 | France -315
KICK OFF: Saturday, June 19th, 9AM EST
WHERE: Ferenc Puskas, Budapest, Hungary
WATCH: ESPN, PrendeTV
France showed the world against Germany why they’re favorites to win Euro 2020. Raphaël Varane and Presnel Kimpembe were rarely troubled in the center of defense, Paul Pogba pulled the strings in midfield, and Kylian Mbappé looked frightening on the counter. Didier Deschamps’s side only saw 38% of the ball but looked in control for the majority of the game and ran out comfortable 1-0 winners.
Hungary rode their luck against Portugal and looked like they would escape with a point. Raphaël Guerreiro broke the deadlock on 84 minutes, and Marco Rossi’s side crumbled in the final minutes losing 3-0. Goal difference will play a big part in deciding the four best third-placed sides, and Hungary’s chances of progressing to the Knockout Stages are looking very slim.
Here are links to High Press Soccer’s Euro 2020 Group Guides.
Euro 2020 Group A Preview: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Wales
Euro 2020 Group B Preview: Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Russia
Euro 2020 Group C Preview: Austria, Netherlands, North Macedonia and Ukraine
Eur0 2020 Group D Preview: Croatia, Czech Republic, England and Scotland
Euro 2020 Group E Preview: Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden
Euro 2020 Group F Preview: France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal
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HUNGARY POSSIBLE STARTING XI
Rossi will pick the same side that started against Portugal and defended so well at times. Hungary’s best chance of winning this game is sitting deep, keeping it tight, frustrating France, and grabbing a goal from a set-piece or corner to win 1-0.
Philadelphia Union midfielder Dániel Gazdag has been forced to withdraw from the tournament after failing to recover in time from his knee injury.
HUNGARY EURO 2020 ROSTER
MANAGER: Marco Rossi
GK: Péter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig), Ádám Bogdán (Ferencvárosi TC), Dénes Dibusz (Ferencvarosi TC)
DEF: Bendegúz Bolla (MOL Fehérvár FC), Endre Botka (Ferencvárosi TC), Attila Fiola (MOL Fehérvár FC), Ákos Kecskés (FC Lugano), Ádám Lang (Omonia Nicosia), Gergo Lovrencsics (Ferencvárosi TC), Loic Négo (MOL Fehérvár FC), Willi Orbán (RB Leipzig), Attila Szalai (Fenerbahçe)
MID: Tamás Cseri (Mezokövesd Zsóry), Dániel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union), László Kleinheisler (NK Osijek), Ádám Nagy (Bristol City), András Schäfer (DAC Dunajská Streda), Dávid Sigér (Fernecvárosi TC), Kevin Varga (Kasimpasa), Roland Varga (MTK Budapest)
FWD: János Hahn (Paksi), Filip Holender (FK Partizan), Nemanja Nikolics (MOL Fehérvár FC), Roland Sallai (SC Freiburg), Szabolcs Schön (FC Dallas), Ádám Szalai (Mainz 05)
FRANCE POSSIBLE STARTING XI
I think Deschamps will go with the same Starting XI that beat Germany. The only change he might make is bringing in Corentin Tolisso for Adrien Rabiot. Tolisso is more disciplined positioning-wise, releasing N’Golo Kanté to shuttle and press Hungary’s midfield.
Benjamin Pavard should be available despite admitting he was “a little knocked out for 10 or 15 seconds” against Germany. Robin Gosens collided with him, and France’s right-back received lengthy treatment before returning to the pitch and playing the full 90 minutes.
The French medical team received widespread criticism for letting him play on with World Players’ Union Fifpro demanding answers from UEFA over a failure to follow the tournament organizers’ Concussion Charter. On Thursday, UEFA concluded that “a loss of consciousness did not occur,” and they were ‘satisfied’ the French medical team did not breach the concussion protocol by allowing him to continue playing.
Here’s the incident, and if you ask me, he’s out cold counting sheep.
FRANCE EURO 2020 ROSTER
MANAGER: Didier Deschamps
GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille), Mike Maignan (Lille OSC)
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Olympique Lyonnais), Lucas Hernández (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Jules Koundé (Sevilla), Clément Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
Midfielders: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern. Munich)
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
HUNGARY VS FRANCE BETTING TIPS
I have a feeling France are going to flex in this game and run out comfortable winners by 2 or 3 goals. Hungary needs something from this game and will be open up once they go behind. Plus, Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann, and Karim Benzema will want to open their accounts for the tournament, and we’ll see at least one of them get on the scoresheet.
BETTING TIP: France -1.5 Goals -104 | France -2.5 Goals +265
France’s back four looked solid against Germany. If they were able to shut out Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Leroy Sané, they will collect a clean sheet against Hungary.
BETTING TIP: France To Win To Nil -115
I’m confident Deschamps’s side will start well and score in the first half.
BETTING TIP: Halftime / Fulltime – France / France -121
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