Serbia vs Hungary
It's Water Polo time. This is European championship, already quarterfinal stage.
Serbia and Hungary, two great rivals, probably two greatest. This rivalry going back to former Yugoslavia time.
I must say that in modern history, Serbia had way more success than Hungary, especially in the recent years. Results that Serbia achieved lately no one ever managed. Namely at one point Serbia was holding all four major trophies. In just over a year they have won titles of European and World champion as well gold on the Olympic games and the World League.
During this run there were several mutual meetings with Hungary and Serbia was doing great in those games.
Today probably should not be anything different given on fact Hungary at this point is not so good as earlier. Namely, they have decided to give a chance on this competition to some younger players, they are in process of making the team for the future. That being said, Hungary is without several experienced guys on this European championship as Varga who is their best player for years then first center Harai and few others.
We could see during group stage that results were not too great. Unlike Serbia who topped its group with all three wins and thus directly reached QF, Hungary had to play also R16 (defeated Holland) after in the group lost convincingly to Italy (12:5) and played also draw vs Germany (4:4).
So, seems Serbian victory should not be in question but if you like that option then you need to risk with -3.5 handicap. Winning with at least 4 goals difference in late stage (in the knockout) of big competition and against your biggest rival, well, that could be too much to ask for, even when Serbia is in question.
These two sides knows each other perfectly. Even 8 Serbian players are in Hungarian teams.
I still think this could be comfortable victory but I like more totals. And I mean under the totals.
Serbia is the most recognizable by their amazing defense, it's very difficult to score against them even on power play.
I have impression this should be lower scoring match. Right away what caught my attention was 18.5 line in many bookies. At bet365 though we gave 17.5 but I am willing to take a shot with under on that line.
Serbia vs Hungary prediction
|Under 17.5||Bet365||1.90||8||8-5 WON (+7.2 units)|