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Back Magyars for Lisbon glory

Back Magyars for Lisbon glory


Hungary came close to beating Portugal at Euro 2016 and have the talent to shock last summer’s tournament winners in Lisbon.

The Magyars took the lead three times against Portugal last June only to be pegged back each time by Cristiano Ronaldo on two occasions and a Nani goal. Portugal would have been knocked out of the tournament if they had lost that game and Hungary will be no pushovers this time.

Adam Szalai is a threat and can be backed at enticing odds of 21/4 to score at any time in the Group B qualifier while a Hungary victory looks extremely good value at 11/1.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Netherlands are still not firing on all cylinders after the embarrassment of failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and look set to be battling with Sweden for second spot in World Cup qualifying Group A. They have taken seven points from a possible 12 so far and have yet to keep a clean sheet.

That could be the case again this time although we expect Danny Blind’s side to edge to a narrow victory, with a 2-1 Dutch triumph available at 19/1, while in-form striker Bas Dost is 4/1 to score the first goal in the match.

Finally there may be good value in looking at the Group H qualifier between Belgium and Greece. The Red Devils may possess quality in abundance but they have shown in the past that they can be frustrated by defensive opposition.

Greece are certainly no mugs and have already taken 10 points from their first four qualifiers and have enough quality to secure a draw from this fixture in Brussels which certainly should not be ignored at 17/4.

Belgium will be without the injured Eden Hazard and, having won all their qualifiers to date, will not be at full throttle on Saturday although we can see Kevin de Bruyne scoring at any time at odds of 29/20.


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Mark Race Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.