Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Austria vs Hungary Euro 2016 Football Match Preview And Prediction - June 14, 2016


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Austria's Hungarian-born defender Gyorgy Garics has decided to stay with the squad despite his father's death last Friday.

Coach Marcel Koller is expected to stick with his first-choice team that qualified so impressively.

Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly is set to become the oldest player to feature at a European Championship finals at 40 years and 75 days.

Centre-forward Krisztian Nemeth is a slight doubt due to a muscle injury.

Austria have been tipped to be the dark horses of Euro 2016 following a stunning qualifying campaign. They finished eight points clear of rivals Russia in Group G and were one of only four undefeated teams.

Their performances have lifted them to the heady heights of 10th in the world rankings, which is a position few would have predicted back in 2008 after the national side suffered a disastrous Euros on home soil.

However, the appointment of Marcel Koller as coach - despite being highly unpopular at the time - has proven a masterstroke. He has forged a distinct playing style and fostered a tight-knit bond among a settled squad that is driven on by the world-class talent of David Alaba in midfield.

Like their neighbours, Hungary have also been in the doldrums, but reached a European Championship finals for the first time since 1972 by squeezing through a play-off against Norway. However, unlike Austria, few give them a chance of qualifying from Group F.

Head-to-head

Austria defeated Hungary 5-0 in their first official international in 1902.
Hungary have played 137 games against Austria (W66, D31, L40).
Their only previous encounter at a major tournament was in the 1934 World Cup, when Austria won 2-1 in the quarter finals.
When Hungary last reached a major tournament, the 1986 World Cup, they overcame Austria twice in qualifying, winning 3-1 in Budapest and 3-0 in Vienna. Those matches are the last time they met competitively.
Hungary won their most recent encounter, 2-1 in a friendly, back in August 2006.

Austria

This is the first time Austria have qualified for a European Championship finals. They co-hosted the event in 2008.
They have been knocked out of the group stage in each of their last three major tournaments (World Cup 1990, World Cup 1998, Euro 2008).
Christian Fuchs, Florian Klein and Robert Almer played every minute of qualifying.
Fuchs made the most tackles by an Austrian in qualifying (31), which was also the fourth highest total overall.
Marcel Koller is participating in his first major tournament as head coach. He played two games for Switzerland at Euro 1996 (a draw against England followed by a defeat against Scotland).

Hungary

This is Hungary's third appearance at the European Championship finals and their first since 1972.
Hungary's only win to date at the European Championship came in June 1964 against Denmark (3-1 in the third-place final). They have lost their other three games.
Balazs Dzsudzsak created 24 chances for Hungary during qualifying, 16 more than any other Hungarian player.
Ten players shared Hungary's 13 goals in qualifying (not including one own goal) and only Tamas Priskin, Krisztian Nemeth and Daniel Bode scored more than once (all with two).
Tamas Kadar made 426 passes during qualifying, more than any other Hungarian player.
Hungary recorded the worst goal difference in the qualifiers of all teams who made it to Euro 2016 (plus two, play-offs excluded).

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