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Hungary v France betting tips: Daunting task for hosts

| 16.06.2021
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France began Euro 2020 as favourites in the outright betting and the world champions justified that status with an opening win against fellow heavyweights Germany.

Hungary are already bottom of the ‘group of death’ after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Portugal and face another tough test in front of their own fans in Budapest here.

Saturday’s match is live on BBC One and kicks off at 2pm as we highlight a few potential Hungary v France betting tips.

Hungary v France match odds

France’s Euro 2020 winner odds were trimmed to 7/2 after the impressive way in which they began the tournament.

They needed an own goal to clinch a 1-0 win over Germany in Munich, with Mats Hummels unable to adjust his feet quickly enough as he turned a Lucas Hernandez cross past Manuel Neuer after 20 minutes.

France were good value for the victory, though, and almost extended their lead on several occasions, with Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema having goals ruled out for offside in the second half.

Les Bleus now head to Budapest where a capacity crowd awaits but the odds suggest Hungary will need more than just home advantage to cause an upset, with France 1/3 for a second win while Hungary are 11/1 underdogs.

Hungary threatened to take a point off Portugal in their opening match at least, only for those hopes to vanish in an awful three-minute period for Willi Orban.

Six minutes from time, Raphael Guerreiro’s shot took a huge deflection off the centre-back to give goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi no chance and Orban then pulled back Rafa Silva to concede a penalty which Cristiano Ronaldo converted.

Peter Gulacsi, Hungary

Ronaldo then added a third to leave Hungary facing a tall order if they are to revive their hopes of reaching the last 16.

They can be backed at 13/10 to at least get to half-time on level terms again but a France win to nil looks a more likely option at 10/11 while Les Bleus are 10/3 to be leading after 15 minutes.

France will look to be more clinical in this game and victory plus over 2.5 goals is available at evens while Hungary to suffer another 3-0 defeat is 13/2.

Hungary v France head-to-head

Hungary have the upper hand with 11 wins to France’s nine but that gap has reduced significantly with France winning the last five meetings.

The last two competitive meetings have been at World Cups, with France winning 3-1 in a group game in Argentina in 1978 and 3-0 at the same stage at Mexico ’86.

The only meeting this century was a friendly in Metz in 2005 which France won 2-1. First-half goals from Djibril Cisse and Florent Malouda put the home side in charge before Zsombor Kerekes pulled one back for Hungary late on.

Previous XI

Hungary vs France - Football tactics and formations
Hungary: Gulacsi, Szalai, Fiola, Organ, Botka, Nagy, Schafer, Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Sallai, Szalai.

France: Lloris, Pavard, Kimpembe, Varane, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Rabiot, Griezmann, Mbappe, Benzema.

Team news

France defender Benjamin Pavard is fit to play despite being briefly knocked out during the win against Germany, while Bayern Munich team-mate Lucas Hernandez has recovered from a knock sustained in training.

Key battles

Hungary goalkeeper Gulacsi is an experienced shot-stopper having played in the Champions League for RB Leipzig.

He is likely to be a busy man here with France’s front three of Mbappe, Benzema and Antoine Griezmann arguably the best in the tournament.

N’Golo Kante provides protection for the defence while Paul Pogba was named man of the match against Germany, with his delightful pass setting up the only goal.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.