Euro Betting: Germany vs Hungary, 23 June
Final Group Games | Group F | Munich
Their Euros So Far
High on quality and high on drama would be the summation for how Group F is finalising, but what else would you expect from the ‘group of death?’ For these two opponents, the promise of progression is still there for both.
Germany’s Euro tournament may have started with defeat, but there is no shame in defeat to World Champions, France. Although, their opening performance was criticised for being a little toothless. An accusation rarely thrown at German national teams of the past.
Their second game answered those critics with gusto. A four-goal win over Portugal showed Germany at their clinical best, even though two strikes were own-goals by Portuguese defenders. This now puts Germany in a fantastic position to progress in the top two of the group, as they face Hungary, the lowest ranked – but not low on quality – team in the group.
Questions can still be asked of Germany’s backline, with two goals conceded against Portugal and the narrow defeat to France hiding the fact that two goals were disallowed, and that it could have been a lot more.
For Hungary, expectation was never high in a group that includes France, Germany, and Portugal, but they pushed the latter all the way in their Euro opener, until three late goals (the first, a nasty deflection) flattered the current European Champions.
Yet more positivity was to come in their next match against France. They led the current World Champions, eventually achieving a draw, but their performance could even make them feel aggrieved not to have taken all 3 points.
Even so, this still keeps them in with a chance of progressing to the knockout stages, as they face Germany in their last group game. Given the talent of their opposition, I’m sure Marco Rossi’s men would have accepted this scenario prior to the tournament.
The German team are currently monitoring knocks suffered by Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, and Gundogan, whilst Hungary are confident that Captain, Adam Szalai will shake off his head injury before the game.
Die Mannschaft will go through if they win, or if they draw and France do not lose. Germany will finish first if they win and France do not. Germany will finish third if they draw and France lose, or if both Germany and Portugal lose.
Hungary will go through in second place if they win and Portugal lose. If they win and France lose, second place will be decided on overall goal difference. Hungary will finish third if they win and the other game is drawn.
This Group F fixture will be the first competitive meeting between the nations since the 1954 World Cup final, won 3-2 by then West Germany, their first world title.
Most recently, the two teams met in 2016, when an own-goal and a Thomas Muller strike gave Germany a 2-0 victory on home soil. The win made it three wins in the last four matches for Germany against Hungary.
The Hungarians still have a good overall record against the Germans, and have actually won two of the last three games played in Germany. A good sign as they head to Munich!
Although contests between the two have been relatively even, there is a huge gulf in Euro success, with Germany reaching the knockout rounds in 9 of their past 12 appearances, Hungary reaching the first knockout stage at Euro 2016 was their most successful campaign for 44 years.
So, will the Germans advance as they tend to? Or could Hungary build on their recent Euro success?