Austria and Hungary will clash as the Euro 2016 championship reaches its final opening games in Group F. Austria is considered as one of the dark horses of the tournament, with David Alaba of Bayern Munich leading the charge.
Austria’s frontline is bolstered by forward Marko Arnautovic and Marc Janko giving the team plenty of attacking threat.
Euro 2016 predictions and preview give Austria the advantage for this match given the underwhelming Hungary team which booked their place in the tournament through a lackluster playoff win over Norway.
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Dark Horse Austria
For showing stunning performance during the qualifying rounds, Austria is widely considered to be the dark horse of Euro 2016.
The Austrians were undefeated during their qualifying campaign and have finished 8 points ahead of Russia in their group. The team currently is ranked 10th in the world.
The appointment of Marcel Koller as Austrian coach was also considered a great move in enhancing the team’s performance, the BBC reports.
Koller was able to forged a distinct playing style and fostered a tight-knit bond among the Austrian squad, led by David Alaba.
Hungary lacks star power
There is not much predictions that Hungary will qualify for the Euro 2016 championship but they eventually did so anyway by defeating Norway in a play-off.
As a result, Hungary is back into the European Championship for the first time since 1972.
Hungary however lacks star names and fresh talents with former Watford striker Tamas Priskin expected to provide the goals.
The most recent encounter between Austria and Hungary was in August 2006 friendly match, which Hungary won 2-1.
On its way to the 1986 World Cup, Hungary defeated Austria twice in qualifying, winning 3-1 in Budapest and 3-0 in Vienna.
Hungary and Austria have played a total of 137 games, with Hungary winning 66 of those.
Austria, which is playing for the first time in the European Championship, will prevail in this match given its superior roster of players and the superb form of the team.