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Preview – Hungary v Belgium

Preview – Hungary v Belgium

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Belgium will be quietly confident of making the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 but must find a way past one of the tournament’s surprise packages in Hungary.

The Magyars have taken the European Championships by storm having finished as winner of Group F in style on Wednesday.

Bernd Storck’s men began the tournament with a convincing 2-0 triumph over Austria before drawing 1-1 with Iceland to ensure progression before even playing their final group match.

Hungary then put on a spectacle against Portugal as the two nations played out a 3-3 draw in Lyon to claim top spot and book a date with Belgium.

Storck was able to rest some key players such as Laszlo Kleinheisler and Tamas Priskin for the clash with A Seleccao and will be able to restore them to his starting line-up for Sunday’s last-16 tie.

The side who sit 20th in the FIFA rankings are sweating over the fitness of forward Daniel Bode after he played a limited role in training this week, while defender Attila Fiola has been ruled out.

However, they now face arguably their biggest test of the competition as they take on one of the pre-tournament favourites Belgium.

Marc Wilmots’ men were slow starters in France as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Italy in their opening game, however, they recovered quickly with back-to-back wins over the Republic of Ireland and Sweden to finish second.

The Red Devils boast some of Europe’s best in the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, while striker Romelu Lukaku, who can be backed at 33/10 to score the first goal, has netted twice and sits as the joint second top-goalscorer at Euro 2016.

Wilmots has a fully-fit squad to call on after Mousa Dembele and Yannick Carrasco have overcome slight knocks picked up earlier in the campaign.

Belgium will be wary of Sunday’s opponents, who ended the group stage as the joint top scorers with six goals, as the weight of expectation lies on their shoulders.

Previous meetings suggest that Belgium should come out on top having won four of their five ties, although they have not clashed since 2009 and with confidence high in the Hungary camp another upset cannot be ruled out and at 23/4 to win they are worthy of consideration.

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