UEFA Euro 2016 Knockout Stage Preview – Hungary vs Belgium

Hungary vs Belgium, Stadium Municipal, Toulouse


Match Log

Hungary

Austria 0, Hungary 2 (Szalai 62, Stieber 87)
Iceland 1 (G Sigurdsson 40 pen), Hungary 1 (Saevarsson 88 og)
Hungary 3 (Gera 19, Dzsudzsak 47, 55), Portugal 3 (Nani 42, Ronaldo 50, 62)

Belgium

Belgium 0, Italy 2 (Giaccherini 32, Pelle 90+3)
Belgium 3 (R Lukaku 48, 70, Witsel 61), Republic of Ireland 0
Sweden 0, Belgium 1 (Nainggolan 84)

Team News

Hungary

The Hungarians are not likely to make any changes from the team that drew 3-3 with the Portuguese in Lyon, although Bernd Storck may consider selecting Laszlo Kleinheisler in midfield. Adam Szalai has been effective and should be retained up front, while Gabor Kiraly will continue in goal despite poor form in the group stage.
Likely team (4-2-3-1): Kiraly – Lang, Guzmics, Juhasz, Korhut; Gera, Pinter; Dzsudzsak, Elek, Lovrencsics; Szalai.

Belgium

Marc Wilmots has no injuries to deal with, and he seems to have settled on his preferred starting line-up. Radja Nainggolan should edge out Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembele to partner Axel Witsel in the centre of midfield, and Kevin de Bruyne will play in a number 10 role after starting the tournament on a wing.
Likely team (4-2-3-1): Courtois – Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Nainggolan, Witsel; Carrasco, de Bruyne, Hazard; R Lukaku.

Keys to success

Hungary

Hungary provided one of the surprises of the tournament when they finished first in their group, and they have the ability to provide a further upset by taking out the Belgians, who are ranked second in the world. Balazs Dzsudzsak has been in brilliant form, and Hungary will rely on him and Szalai for goals. Kiraly will need to improve upon his group stage performances against a Belgian side who are sure to create plenty of chances, and the defence as a whole will need to step up.

Belgium

Belgium have not played at their best this tournament, and they will be looking for their stars to perform against Hungary. The use of de Bruyne on the wing was a disaster, but he has been in great form since switching back to the centre. He will need to get Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Carrasco and Eden Hazard involved in the game, and he will need to create plenty of chances from set pieces. The defence has not communicated as well as it should have throughout, and Wilmots will be hoping for a cohesive defence against Hungary.

Prediction

Belgium are a huge step up in quality for Hungary, but while there is plenty of individual talent in the Belgian side their team play has never really been a strength. Even still, with two of the best players in Europe playing just behind the attack Belgium should create better chances and should win. Belgium 2-0.

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