Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021 16:00 hrs (Group F)
Hungary welcome the reigning World Cup champions at the Puskàs Arena in Budapest for their second match in the group stage. Afterer losing 3 nil to Portugal on Tuesday they are desperate for a win at home but France are not going to let them win without a fight.
Les Blues are fresh from a one goal victory against Germany at the Allianz Arena after a defensive mistake by Mats Hummels resulting in an devastating own goal by the German defender. France failed to convert 10 free kick chances during the game while Germany possessed 62% controlling the whole game. The French side were happy to secure a win at the end of 90 minutes and are looking forward to winning their away match at Budapest.
The hosts start the second leg in Group F with a home advantage against France though that may not necessarily count given the calibre of opposition they face. Cach Marco Rossi has shown that he has faith in his players after managing to hold back Portugal offensive attack in the first half before being beaten in the dying minutes of the game with the ever mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo seeing the goal mouth twice and losing 3 nil. Hungary have yet to report any injuries or Covid-19 infections so Rossi’s side is good to go and may see some changes in defense and team formation. This will be Hungary’s first encounter with France in the UEFA European Championship Tournament.
Team Formation: 3-5-2.
Possible Starting 11.
Forwards: Roland Sallai (RF) and Àdàm Szalai (CF).
Midfielders: Attila Fiola (RB), Andras Schafer (LM), Àdàm Nagy (CM), Làszlo Kleinheisler (CM) Gergo Loverncsics (RB).
Defenders: Attina Szalai (CB), Willi Orban (CB) and Endre Botka (CB).
Goalkeeper: Peter Gulacsi (GK).
The World Cup holders did meet their high standards during their opening match against Germany. Having had a narrow win Deschamps’ men are looking to retain their unbeaten run by winning at Budapest and topping the Group F table. France have only beaten Hungary once in a total of 8 matches and are looking for their second away win against the host. Benjamin Pavard is unlikely to start for France due to injury (concussion) faced while defending a cross from Kimmich colliding with Gosens hip and is expected back late June. France have won all their last 5 matches without conceding a single goal and the last time they won six consecutive times is in Euro 2016. The pace of Kylian Mbappe on the left wing is going to be a major challenge for Hungary defenders and there are high hopes for the French Forwards to penetrate the harden backline of Hungary, with Karim Benzema looking to retain his tittle as top scorer.
Team formation: 4-3-3
Possible Starting 11.
Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (CF), Karim Benzema (CF), Antoine Griezmann (CF).
Midfielders: Adrien Raboit (CM), N’Golo Kante (CM), Paul Pogba (CM).
Defenders: Lucas Hernández (CB), Persnel Kimpembe (CB), Raphael Varane (CB), Clément Lenglet (CB).
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (GK).
This is both Hungary’s and France first encounter in the UEFA Euro Tournament.
France to win (1.34)
BTTS Yes (2.40)
Correct score 1-3 (13.00)