Austria breezed through qualifying, dropping just two points to finish top of Group G, but they may find today’s clash with Hungary a little tougher.
Hungary struggled during their own qualification campaign as they finished behind both Northern Ireland and Romania, but a 3-1 aggregate win over Norway in the play-offs shows they can put in a big performance when it really counts.
Since their qualification was confirmed, the Austrians have lost three of their five friendlies, with wins in the other two games, while Hungary have failed to win any of their three games since getting past Norway.
The tournament represents a step into the unknown for both teams. Austria will be appearing in the European showpiece for just the second time, their first showing was in 2008 as co-hosts, and Hungary haven’t been involved in a European Championship since 1972.
Both teams will be desperate to avoid defeat but Austria may just edge this one. The majority of Das Team’s squad ply their trade in the German Bundesliga and there is some real quality in the side, particularly David Alaba of Bayern Munich, as well as Martin Harnik, Christian Fuchs and Marco Arnautovic of Stuttgart, Leicester and Stoke respectively.
Hungary, meanwhile, are lacking a real star and with just one goal in their last three outings they may struggle to break Marcel Koller’s men down.