Euro 2016: Ronaldo Favourite to Score as Portugal Play Hungary

Football
Updated Thursday 23rd June 2016, 12:58 PM


After drawing a blank in his first two games of Euro 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to fire Portugal into the last 16 as they take on an unbeaten Hungary side who have shocked many and currently sit top of Group F. The Portuguese need a win to be sure of a place in the next round, with defeat potentially sending the Euro 2004 finalists packing.

How the Bookies See it

  • Winner: Portugal 4/11, Draw 19/5, Hungary 10/1 - BetVictor
  • First Goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo 13/5, Eder 11/2, Nani 7/1 - PaddyPower
  • Correct Score: Portugal 2-0 5/1, Portugal 1-0 9/2, Portugal 3-0 8/1 Bet365

 

Form

  • Cristiano Ronaldo had a torrid time in front of goal as Portugal drew 0-0 with tournament underperformers Austria in the second round of matches. The Real Madrid frontman missed a penalty and had a goal ruled out for offside as he suffered a rare off night. Coupled with their 1-1 with Iceland, Portugal find themselves on just two points from two games and in desperate need of a win to avoid heading home early.
  • Hungary have been the dark horses of the tournament so far. A win over a hapless Austrian side and a late fightback to earn a draw with European Championship newcomers Iceland has left the Hungarians sitting pretty at the top of Group F and in need of just a point to be guaranteed a safe passage through to the next round.       

Sports.net’s view

Portugal’s first two games of Euro 2016 certainly won’t rank highly in Cristiano Ronaldo’s career highlights. The Iberian nation’s most capped player failed to break down the defence of ‘small’ Iceland and rounded off a nightmarish week as he struck the post with a penalty against Austria. Despite this poor run of form, Portugal’s most prized asset remains the bookmaker’s favourite to break the deadlock against Hungary, with PaddyPower offering odds of 13/5. A bet on the talismanic frontman to score first and Portugal to win may also prove worthwhile and is 5/2 with William Hill.

Hungary, who are playing in their first major international tournament since 1986, come into this game boasting one win and one draw from their first two games and are already assured of a top three finish. Bernd Storck’s men will be hoping to spring a surprise similar to the one they produced in their first game against Austria and are 21/1 with BetVictor to snatch a 1-0 win. However, history is not on the Hungarian’s side, with the national team being starved of victory against Portugal in ten attempts, a run of games that will no doubt make this current crop of players determined to taste victory.   

Both teams may be wary of topping the table, with the Group F winners facing a potential meeting with the runner-up of Group E (as it stands, Belgium). Instead, the Hungarians may try to engineer a second place finish that would result in a meeting with the runner-up of Group B (as it stands, Wales). William Hill have reflected this in their odds, offering 1/7 for Hungary to finish in the top two, and a slightly more attractive 7/4 for them to finish top, meanwhile Portugal are a less attractive 4/7 to advance from Group F as top dogs.     

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Cristiano Ronaldo to score a hat-trick 12/1 - BetVictor

 

 

*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run up to kick-off.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 June 2016 12:58:54+00:00
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