Iceland v Hungary
Sunday June 19, 2:00am
Both these sides caused upsets in their opening games of the tournament, with Iceland managing a point against Portugal in their first ever game at a major tournament, while Hungary beat 10-men Austria 2-0 to blow Group F wide open.
Iceland had lost seven of their 10 games heading into the tournament, but they fought extremely hard for their point against Portugal and the signs that they could compete against the top teams were certainly there after they beat the Netherlands twice in qualification. Their record when playing teams that they’re ranked higher than is W8-D4-L4 since 2013, but they’ve only won two of the last eight of these matches and have conceded at least twice in five of the last six.
Hungary showed how well organised they were against Austria and Bernd Storck’s men have now lost only two of their last 13 matches, and one of those defeats came against World Champions Germany. Indeed, these two defeats were the only instances that the Hungarians have conceded more than once in this time and their record when playing teams that are ranked between 29th and 49th is W2-D6-L4 since 2012, including three goalless draws in the last four of these matches.
Hungary were very impressive against an Austrian side that had won nine of 10 unbeaten matches in qualification, taking the lead before Dragovic was sent off and, as a result, there is reason to believe that they should be favourites for this game. As it is, Iceland are priced at 2.64 while Hungary are 3.15 and the best bet in this one looks to be siding with the Hungarians Draw No Bet at 2.13.
Iceland offered little going forward against a Portugal, managing only four shots to Portugal’s 26 and given how strong Hungary have been defensively, backing them to keep a clean sheet is worth consideration at 2.98, as is both teams not to score at 1.86.
BACK – Hungary Draw No Bet at 2.13