Portugal vs Hungary
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Europe, Group B.
Date: Saturday, 25th March 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET.
Venue: Estadio da Luz (Lisbon).
The European Champions Portugal must aim for all three points from their World Cup qualifying clash against Hungary on Saturday evening.
The 2-0 loss at Switzerland on the opening day of the group stage has put Portugal on some kind of a lurch. They are trailing the Swiss team by 3 points and Hungary just behind them at a 2 point gap.
Portugal scored 16 goals in their last three qualifying games against weakest teams in Europe – Andorra, Faroe Islands and Latvia. They are the second highest scoring team along with Germany with 16 goals, while Belgium tops the goal-scoring charts with 21 goals.
Hungary had a poor start to their qualification campaign after an unexpected goal-less draw against Faroe Islands. They lost to Switzerland 2-3 in the very next match, before raking up back-to-back wins with clean sheets against Latvia and Andorra.
Portugal vs Hungary: Head-to-head
It was an absolute thriller when the teams met during the group phase of the Euro 2016 competition in France last summer. The match ended in a 3-3 draw and the Magyars almost spoiled Portugal’s progress beyond the group phase. Ronaldo score twice during the game, so do Balazs Dzsudzsak for Hungary.
However, Portugal had won in each of the 5 meetings against Hungary and boast a six-match unbeaten record. Also, they scored exactly 3 goals in 5 of the 6 games.
Portugal vs Hungary: Prediction
Portugal’s record at home in qualification games is something that adds value to our prediction for this match. During the Euro qualifiers, they won in 7 of their last 8 matches. They lost to Albania during that time, they first home defeat in a qualifier since 2008. Meanwhile, Portugal are unbeaten in the last 13 home matches in World Cup qualifiers.
With a strong head-to-head record against their opponents, Portugal are poised to win this one with relative ease.