Hungary vs Switzerland Preview: Tricolours Are Set To Get the First Win Over Red Crosses Since 1938

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
8 June 2024, 18:28

The second game of Euro 2024 sees Hungary and Switzerland meet in a crucial Group A clash at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Köln. Both sides will be optimistic about their chances of progression from a group that also includes Germany and Scotland, with an expected strong start. The teams approach the tournament in a different mood, with Magyars having significantly progressed under management of Marco Rossi in recent years. Switzerland, on the other hand, suffers from lack of consistency in its display and while it still succeeds in beating outsiders, it is unclear how the Red Crosses will stand against a formidable opponent in the face of Hungary. The teams met only three times in history, with Switzerland winning the last two occasions in the framework of qualification for the World Cup 2018. The only Magyars’ win over Switzerland occurred in 1938, when the Hungarian national team took silver medals in the 1938 World Cup.

Hungary Team News

Hungary head into the tournament in excellent form, going unbeaten in their last 14 games across all competitions since a defeat to Italy in September 2022. Marco Rossi's side topped their qualifying group with an unblemished record, finishing four points clear of Serbia. Despite this impressive run, Hungary vs Switzerland odds favour the guest side as the favourites. The team will lean on their impressive midfield quality at Euro 2024, with Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai to be the orchestrator. However, the supporting cast is not to be underestimated, with Barnabás Varga scoring four goals during qualifying, while MLS stars Dániel Gazdag and Dániel Sallói provide potent attacking threats. 

Switzerland Team News

On paper, Switzerland look formidable with talents like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Fabian Schär and Manuel Akanji in their ranks, leading to them being labelled as dark horses of the group. However, before getting to the Hungary vs Switzerland prediction, it is important to consider that goals have been a problem recently with just three scored in their last five matches. Xhaka with 14 goals and Shaqiri with 30 goals are the only players from the squad with more than nine international goals. Switzerland kicked off qualifying with back-to-back 8-0 aggregate wins over Belarus and Israel, but in their remaining eight matches the only victories came against Andorra. There are clearly areas for improvement for head coach Murat Yakin to address, despite the undoubted quality in the squad. Their recent 1-0 friendly win over Republic of Ireland ended a 5 match winless run stretching since September 2023. 

Hungary vs Switzerland Prediction

Hungary Draw No Bet

Despite its impressive run, Hungary approaches the upcoming match as an outsider. Given the weak state of Swiss attack and their lack of cohesiveness in recent matches, the side of Yakin does not look like an unbeatable opponent. Hungary’s growth in recent years was consistent and now Marco Rossi’s team has to bring its strengths on the table, to solidify the team’s ambitions. At least on paper, the Hungarian side has much more to offer in the upcoming game and this Hungary vs Switzerland tip can be picked up at 2.44 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Under 2.5

After a 3-3 against Belarus in October 2023, Switzerland played 5 consecutive games that have seen less than 3 goals. This implies not only relatively well-established defence, which was always emphasised by Yakin as his coaching philosophy, but also the scarcity of attacking options. The Red Crosses still rely on a 32-years-old Shaqiri as the team’s main attacking power, which takes a toll on the attacking display. With a conservative and adaptive Marco Rossi as the opponent, it will be hard for the teams to put on an attacking showcase in the upcoming match, an option that can be picked up at MrPlay for 1.80.

Goal in Second Half - Hungary

Under Marco Rossi, the Tricolours have a clear tendency towards a more cohesive display in the second half. While the first 45 minutes are usually taken for getting into the match, the team shows its best in the second half of the match, which is mostly reflected in the goals scored. Thus, in the last 5 consecutive matches, Hungary scored 9 of its 10 goals in the second half, a trend that might as well be seen in their first Euro 2024 match. This outcome can be picked at 2.01 at MrPlay.

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