Portugal will be looking to win their second European Championship. Fernando Santos’s side will start their Euro 2020 campaign against Hungary in Budapest.
A Selecao will be determined to make a strong start on Tuesday. Hungary is now a team that must be taken extremely seriously at this level of football.
Hungary finished third at the 1964 European Championship. They did not qualify for the finals of the competition until Euro 2016.
Marco Rossi’s side is unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competition.
Portuga is the holder of the trophy. They won it at Euro 2016. They beat hosts France 1-0 in the final. Courtesy of an extra-time effort from Eder.
A victory would place them in an excellent position, ahead of their two toughest fixtures of the group F. Germany will be their opponents in Munich on June 19. They will face tournament favorites France in Budapest on June 23.
The Iberian nation did not win a single game in the group stages of Euro 2016. They were drawing all three of their matches. Also, they managed to qualify in third, which is an option again this summer.
Portugal overcame Croatia in extra time. They beat Poland on penalties to advance to the semi-finals. There they recorded a 2-0 victory over Wales to advance to the final.
A Selecao has a strong overall record in this competition. Also, they reached the semi-finals in 1984, 2000, and 2012. Portugal was also runners-up on home soil at Euro 2004.
Santos’s side is in a six-game unbeaten run before entering this match. Meanwhile, they drew 0-0 with Spain and defeated Israel with a scoreline of 4-0 in their two friendlies.
Hungary form (all competitions):
W D W W W D
Portugal form (all competitions):
W W D W D W
Hungary will not get the services of RB Leipzig attacker Szoboszlai this summer. An injury has also ruled out Zsolt Kalmar.
Willi Orban and Attila Szalai are favorites to start at the back.
As for Portugal, Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota are expected to join Cristiano Ronaldo in the front three. Also, it is expected for Bruno Fernandes to start in a deeper position.
Portugal’s midfield is incredibly strong in terms of depth. It means that it is difficult to predict the two players that will feature alongside Fernandes. But Santos could ultimately select Danilo and William Carvalho to provide support to the back four.
Ruben Dias had an excellent season at Manchester City. He will start in the middle of the defense. He should pair with Pepe. Raphael Guerreiro’s experience should place him ahead of the 27-year-old teenager Nuno Mendes at left-back.
Joao Cancelo has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the clash. That means Nelson Semedo will start at the right-back.
Hungary possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Fiola, Orban, Attila Szalai; Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Nagy, Schafer, Holender; Sallai, Adam Szalai
Portugal possible starting lineup:
PatrIcio; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Danilo, W Carvalho, Fernandes; Bernardo, Ronaldo, Jota