Euro 2020’s group of death kicks off on Tuesday as Hungary host Portugal in Budapest. The Hungarians are expected to be the whipping boys of Group F, but manager Marco Rossi has aims of upsetting the apple cart. Currently ranked No. 37 in the world according to FIFA, Hungary reached the last 16 at Euro 2016 in France. Hungary surprised many onlookers five years ago and will hope to do it once more.

Portugal manager Fernando Santos has a stacked squad. Although Portugal won the 2016 edition of the Euro 2020 tournament, they are dark horses to win this time around. Portugal are the No. 5 team in the world heading into the competition and are fresh off of pre-tournament friendlies versus Spain and Israel. Their match versus Spain finished nil-nil in Madrid prior to a 4-0 thrashing of Israel in Lisbon.

These teams have met 13 times in their histories with Portugal dominating the series of games. The Portuguese have posted a record of 9W-4D-0L over the course of those 13 fixtures. They last met in 2017 during the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. Portugal won both matches by a combined 4-0 scoreline.

Santos will expect the Portuguese to start off strongly especially with tournament favourites, France, playing Germany in Munich later in the day. Can Portugal begin their journey to retain the Euro trophy with a win versus Hungary?

Hungary vs Portugal Betting Odds

Hungary are major underdogs going into the game on Tuesday in Budapest. Despite having their home fans in attendance, the Hungarians are at odds of 8/1 to win the match at full-time. Rossi’s team are in great form going into the first match of the Euro 2020 tournament. They are unbeaten in 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions. Hungary defeated Cyprus 1-0 and drew nil-nil with Ireland prior to the Euro 2020 tournament.

Rossi’s team’s results may not raise expectations for success, but Hungary shock people in 2016. The team are better than the one from five years ago. Hungary will be a difficult side to defeat. Three of their last four games saw Hungary keep a clean sheet. Hungary and Portugal are at odds of 7/2 to draw at full-time.

Portugal are heavy favourites at 4/9 to win at full-time versus Hungary on Tuesday. Santos’ team are unbeaten in 12 of their last 13 matches. Three of Portugal’s last five matches finished with the team keeping a clean sheet. Portugal have never lost to Hungary and Santo will aim to keep that trend going.

 Santos is an incredibly successful manager at the Euros. He was the manager of Greece when they reached the quarterfinals at Euro 2012 and the World Cup’s second round in 2014. He has one even better in charge of Portugal winning the Euro 2016 tournament and the Nations League in 2019.

Hungary vs Portugal Team News

Hungary are a strong side although unspectacular. RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi is the undisputed rock at the back of the team. Adam Szalai is the team’s captain and will be counted on to lead the team. The Mainz striker has tallied 23 goals in 70 international matches. He only scored four times for Mainz in the Bundesliga, who fought relegation.

Star player Dominik Szoboszlai will miss the tournament due to an injury that kept him out of the second half of the season. After a move from Red Bull Salzburg to RB Leipzig in January, Szoboszlai underwent surgery.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most important player for Portugal. Yet, they still have a very strong squad from front to back. Even if Ronaldo was not in the team, Portugal would be an incredibly strong team with a chance to lift the Euro 2020 tournament. The Juventus player has scored 104 goals for Portugal and could become the national team’s all-time leading scorer with a national team.

Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, Manchester City’s Ruben Dias, and Liverpool’s Diogo Jota are in the squad and will back up Ronaldo. The player in the Portuguese squad that everyone should look out for is Andre Silva. The Eintracht Frankfurt player is being tracked by Manchester United. He scored 28 goals in 32 Bundesliga game for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Hungary vs Portugal Prediction

Both teams to score: NO @ 7/10 - BET NOW

Portugal kept back-to-back clean sheets in their pre-Euro 2020 tournament friendlies versus Spain and Israel. Hungary also kept back-to-back clean sheets against Cyprus and Ireland. Portugal’s opponents were slightly better – in Spain’s case much better. The focus tends to be on Portugal’s attack, but their defence is strong too. Centre-backs Dias of Manchester City, Ligue 1 winner Jose Fonte of Lille and Porto’s Pepe are will make a great rotating three-man group for Santos.

Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime @ 10/11 - BET NOW

This could be Ronaldo’s last-ever Euro tournament. He helped Portugal win the tournament in 2016 despite missing nearly all of the final due to an injury. Ronaldo scored 36 times in 44 matches in all competitions for Juventus in 2020-21. Ronaldo has 104 goals in 175 games for the Portuguese national team.

Under 2.5 goals scored @ 4/5 - BET NOW

Two of Portugal’s last five games in all competitions finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Hungary’s last two matches both finished with under 2.5 goals tallied. Portugal’s defence should hold Hungary and claim a first match of the tournament win. Santos’ team could win this tournament at odds of 8/1.

Despite winning the previous Euros, Portugal are an underdog. They will start the tournament well with a victory over Hungary. Winning a match versus Hungary will set Portugal up well with Germany and France playing in Munich later in the evening.

Group F will be extremely fun to watch with France, Germany, Portugal, and Hungary facing off against each other. France are favourites to win the group and the Euro 2020 tournament. However, Portugal are strong as well and have a great national team manager.