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Dark horses Austria to enjoy fast start

Dark horses Austria to enjoy fast start

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David Alaba - AustriaAustria are being tipped by many to go far at Euro 2016 and a win against Hungary in their Group F opener on Tuesday would help strengthen these claims.

Austria arrive in France with one of the best qualifying records, having recorded nine victories and one draw to finish top of their group with 28 points.

Just five goals were conceded from the 10 matches with Leicester City’s Christian Fuchs, who captains his country, and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba both crucial performers throughout.

Marcel Koller’s men also managed to find the back of the net 22 times with Basel’s Marc Janko the main attacking threat after grabbing seven goals.

The 32-year-old, who has notched 26 strikes from 54 caps, is one of the most experienced players in the squad and is currently priced at 50/1 to finish as the tournament’s top scorer.

Austria also have huge quality in the midfielder department with Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic and Stuttgart’s Martin Harnik two of their more creative outlets.

Koller’s side are also on an 11-game unbeaten run in competitive fixtures and are favourites at 20/27 to start Euro 2016 with a win.

However, Hungary will be hoping to spoil the party as they prepare to feature in their first majors final 1986 after beating Norway 3-1 in a play-off.

Bernd Storck’s outfit finished third behind Northern Ireland and Romania in their qualifying group and they will be looking to Krisztian Nemeth and Daniel Bode to provide the goal threat.

The duo were joint topscorers for their country in qualifying, having grabbed two each, and similar performances will be required to get into the knockout stages.

Hungary are unbeaten in their last three games against the Austrians, winning two of those, while their only previous encounter in a major tournament was in the 1934 World Cup – Austria winning 2-1 in the quarter finals.

Austria have been knocked out in the group stages in each of their last three major tournaments (World Cup 1990, World Cup 1998, Euro 2008).

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