Hungary vs Iceland Soccer Betting Prediction – Euro 2021 playoffs

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Hungary vs Iceland Soccer Betting Prediction - Euro 2021 playoffs

Hungary vs Iceland Soccer Betting Prediction – Euro 2021 playoffs

Will the Hungarian series hold against Iceland?

 

With Hungary against Iceland, the final showdown rises to one of the last places for the upcoming European Championship in 2021. The home side threw Bulgaria out of the race in the semi-finals, while the kicker from the island prevailed against Romania in Reykjavik.

For the match in the Puskas Arena in Budapest between Hungary and Iceland, the tip aims to get the hosts to buy the ticket to the Euro 2021.

Hungary – Statistics & current form

After a period of no less than 44 years, Hungary started again at the last edition of the European Championship in France four years ago. The path led to the round of 16, where the Belgian selection clearly snatched the victory 4-0.

Now the Magyars are hoping for the next participation. Should it work with the renewed qualification, the group opponents would also already be determined – among other things, the “Nemzeti Tizenegry” would meet the DFB selection.

With the other opponents France and defending champion Portugal, the term, the normally overused term “group of death”, may in this case justifiably be used.

Hungary is convincing in the Nations League

At the moment, however, the players from Central Europe are in good shape: In the Nations League, Hungary takes second place after four matchdays in a very demanding group with teams from Russia or Turkey. The defence, in particular, is secure – the defensive row has already collected three clean sheets.

In this, for example, it is positively noticeable that goalkeeper Gulasci and defender Willi Orban play together at club level at RB Leipzig and thus have experienced coordination.

Szalai is only allowed to compete with the national team

In addition, a very rested Adam Szalai can be used in the attack. The striker has been sorted out at his club from Mainz for weeks due to a lack of willingness to waive a salary. The dispute also represented the reason for an interim revolt by his teammates, as they showed solidarity with him.

The probable lineup of Hungary:
Gulacsi – Orban – Lang – Szalai – Holender – Kalmar – Nagy – Siger – Fiola – Szalai – Sallai

Last matches from Hungary:

UEFA Nations League B Grp. 3
10/14 2020 Russia 0 – 0 Hungary
10/11 2020 Serbia 0 – 1 Hungary
UEFA Nations League A Playoff
10/08 2020 Bulgaria 1 – 3 Hungary
UEFA Nations League B Grp. 3
09/06 2020 Hungary 2 – 3 Russia
09/03 2020 Turkey 0 – 1 Hungary

Iceland – Statistics & current form

Coach Arnar Vidarsson’s team has been preparing for the upcoming match in Augsburg over the past few days. At least for striker Alfred Finnbogason, the location in Fuggerstadt is not unfamiliar terrain because he is playing at FCA.

However, currently with moderate success and only since the end of October Finnbogason has been back on the pitch after an injury. The attacker has been very far removed from his former class for a long time. He only scored three goals in the previous season in the Bundesliga and the offensive player was not able to strike at all this season.

Sigurdsson is the once again hope in the storm

The main burden in the attacking game is once again on the shoulders of Gylfi Sigurdsson. The player from the Toffees from the Premier League single-handedly secured the 2-1 victory in the semi-finals against Romania with a brace. However, for him, as for Finnbogason, the form is otherwise expandable.

Sigurdsson made little contribution to Everton’s soaring. Parallel to his storm colleague from Augsburg, he is still waiting for the first goal of the season and only one assist can be seen.

The weakness of the Icelanders’ attacking weakness mainly explains why the Nations League is not going well. A meagre two goals were achieved in the four rounds and with zero points there is a risk of relegation to the B-level.

The home side with more cards?

It should also be noted that Iceland is always very fair. Looking back on the last five international matches, an average of only 1.2 yellow cards were received. The upcoming opponent acts much more physically and comes in the context of this flashback to a value of 2.6 cards per game.

Against this background, the odds for more cards on the part of the hosts in the match between Hungary and Iceland are also equipped with value.

The probable lineup of Iceland:
Halldorsson – Palsson – Sigurdsson – Arnason – Magnusson – Gudmundsson – Bjarnason – Gunnarsson – Traustason – Sigurdsson – Finnbogason

Last matches from Iceland:

UEFA Nations League A Grp. 2
10/14 2020 Iceland 1 – 2 Belgium
10/11 2020 Iceland 0 – 3 Denmark
UEFA Nations League A Playoff
10/08 2020 Iceland 2 – 1 Romania
UEFA Nations League A Grp. 2
09/08 2020 Belgium 5 – 1 Iceland
09/05 2020 Iceland 0 – 1 England

Hungary vs Iceland – Direct comparison / H2H balance

The last direct duel took place at the last European Championship. At that time the countries faced each other in the group stage and parted 1: 1. Due to the result, Hungary remained unbeaten for the sixth time in a row at this pairing, but on the other hand, after five wins in a row, they could not win against the “Strakanir Okkar” for the first time in over 20 years.

For the upcoming match between Hungary and Iceland, the odds point towards a continuation of the positive series of the hosts.

Hungary vs Iceland Soccer Betting Prediction

Hungary really wants to go to the next European Championship, because the competition includes some games in their own country. It would of course be great for the team to play in front of their own audience that might be allowed to play again. The latest appearances also encourage this endeavour: victories against Turkey or Serbia have shown the current form strength.

The success in the previous round against Bulgaria also fits into the picture of a currently stable team of coach Marco Rossi. For the match between Hungary and Iceland, the prediction, therefore, includes that the home side will qualify for the Euro in 2021.

Key facts – Hungary vs Iceland tips

Iceland is ranked 39th in the world, eight places better than its opponents
Guests only won once in 2020 (1-0-4)
Hungary hasn’t lost to Iceland in a quarter of a century (5-1-0)

 

This is not only supported by the appealing condition of the hosts, but also by the weakness of the guests. The Icelanders made it to a European Championship for the first time in 2016 and two years later they made their debut at the World Cup in Russia. At the moment the team seems less strong and there are no signs of the third participation in a major tournament.

With Romania, they had a comparatively easy opponent in front of their chests in the previous successful round and in the current edition of the Nations League 2020 they lost all of them (0-0-4). The one-man storm from Sigurdsson, which is currently not convincing at the club level, should not be enough this time, especially since the opponent has a solid defence.

Betting Prediction: Hungary
Odds: 1.8