On the 18th of June Iceland and Hungary will meet on the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and they’ll play their 2nd match of the group stage in the final Euro Cup 2016 tournament. This is Iceland’s first appearance in one major football tournament. Their opponent Hungary, has had several appearances both in the Euro and the World Cup. Although they are a seemingly incognito football squad, we expect to see a great show on the football pitch. Considering the teams that are part of the group F in the Euro Cup 2016, the two teams that will advance to the knockout stage will remain uncertain up until the last day of the stage. This is the only reason why this match is attractive.
We must admit that Iceland is not the fiercest opponent Hungary has met or will meet, but they’ve proven their lads can play at with the best in the sport. The so called “Our Boys” play up until the very last minute of the match. In their recent control friendly matches they showed courage and played as decent opponents even against the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Turkey. It seems like their strength lies in the opportunity to catch the opponent off-guard. Regardless, they can pull this trick only once. The Hungarians will most likely stay on the lookout for any incoming danger.
Eidur Gudjonsen is still part of the national football team. He is their top scorer the biggest danger for the Hungarians. If Iceland comes on top, it’s most likely his “fault”. Due to the volatility we’re not going to bet on them, nor on the Hungarian squad. More about that in the odds and predictions section.
Whenever Hungary encounters a top-notch world class team such as England or Germany they go all out on defense. However, when they meet a team such as Iceland for instance, they tend to play the attractive game, the game that’s pleasant to the eyes of football fans. Instead of defending, we expect to see an offensive approach devised by the Hungarian head coach Bernd Storck. The Icelandians don’t have a rich football history, but that’s why a lot of national football associations envy the Hungarians, solely because of their success they’ve had in the past. They’ve been in the finals numerous times, finishing their World Cup adventures solely as runner-ups.
If the Hungarians want to see themselves in the knockout stage of the Euro Cup 2016 they have to scoop 3 points in this game. If they fail to do so, their stay in France will be a short one.
For the purpose of entertainment, according to a thorough analysis, we predict this game will end in a tie. We do not agree with bookmakers on this one. Despite Iceland’s great performance in the last few matches that took place right before the start of the tournament, we still think it’s not going to be an easy game for them. Most likely the final score will look something like 1:1 or 2:2.
However, betting that the match will end in a draw is never an easy bet to place. That’s why we’d recommend you to bet on both teams to score at odds of 2.00 or 1/1. If you want to kick it up a notch by placing another bet that there will be more than 2.5+ goals at odds of 2.35 or 27/20.