Austria vs Hungary by Isaiah
Austria already did a great job to qualify for the final event of European championship, but even more impressive was the way they did it. Out of ten matches in the group, the team managed to get nine victories and drew only once, winning the first position in front of also strong nations like Russia and Sweden, who both later qualified for the final tournament.
Austrians are in obvious rise speaking about football in recent years, while the team didn't inspire with the same confidence during the friendly matches later on. In most recent ones, they won over Malta 2:1, in quite unconvincing way, while the team suffered 2:0 defeat at home against Netherlands in the last rehearsal before the start of EURO. These results can't encourage them, however are far away from official matches and can't be completely compared.
Qualifications are surely true measure of someone's quality and if we judge by that, there's no doubt that Austrians might have very interesting and bright tournament in front of themselves. They should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Janko as number nine and Harnik, Junuzovic and Arnautovic as his offensive support. Striker Janko is carrying a back injury, but should be fully ready to start here. All in all, no surprise selections are expected for the first round game.
Hungary, on the other side, have struggled during the qualifications a lot, but anyway weren't expected to have any kind of easy qualification for the major competitions. In fact, reaching the final stage of any event represents more than fine success for a nation that was once recognized as powerful force Worldwide.
This will be their first qualification for the biggest event in last thirty years, as their qualifying group didn't look that strong and the team found a proper way to get the third position with opponents like Northern Ireland, Romania, Greece, Finland and Faroe Islands. Later on, they played additional play-off matches and excluded Norway. It will be their first appearance at EURO after forty years, but it's big question mark what can they do at the biggest event. There's no individual quality in their team and overall impression is that the side was lucky to exploit a bit weaker qualifying group.
Friendlies they played after qualifications probably revealed some of their weaknesses, since the team drew against Croatia, thanks to equalizer later in the game. They also had a goalless draw against Ivory Coast and have suffered 2:0 defeat to Germany. Left back Tamas Kadar is injured, as well as midfielder Gergo Lovrencsics, while offensive Krisztian Nemeth remains doubtful before the game.
- Austria have won their last 9 matches (EURO Cup).
One way or another, victory for Austria shouldn't be questionable here. Both teams are quite fresh at the biggest scene, however Austrians seem to be way more solid in every line. Their offensive is especially better and should be able to threaten the Hungarians many times.