Scotland vs Hungary Preview: The Tricolours Are Set On Getting Their First Points Against The Tartans

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
21 June 2024, 17:00

Scotland vs Hungary

The upcoming Euro 2024 match between Scotland and Hungary will be at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. This match becomes the last opportunity for a spot in the knockout stages of the tournament for both. Scotland, currently with one point from their previous matches, will be looking to secure a win to keep their hopes alive, eagerly waiting for the results of the match between Switzerland and Germany. Hungary, on the other hand, is yet to register a point and will be desperate for a victory, as the only way to have an opportunity to promote through the rankings of third teams. As both teams did not show their best during the first matches, Scotland and Hungary odds do not favour any of the side, bringing almost identical odds for the win of any side.

Scotland Team News

Scotland enters this match after a mixed start to their Euro 2024 campaign. They suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat against Germany in their opening match, followed by a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Switzerland. In the match against Switzerland, Scotland took an early lead through an own goal by Swiss defender Fabian Schar, but Switzerland equalised with a stunning goal from Xherdan Shaqiri. Despite the draw, Scotland showed resilience and determination, which they will need to replicate against Hungary. However, Scotland faces a significant setback as they will be without key defender Kieran Tierney, who was stretchered off during the match against Switzerland. Grant Hanley is expected to replace him in the starting lineup. Additionally, Ryan Porteous remains suspended following his red card in the match against Germany. Manager Steve Clarke will likely rely on the attacking prowess of Scott McTominay and Che Adams to lead the charge, while hoping for a solid defensive performance to secure a much-needed win.

Hungary Team News

Hungary's Euro 2024 campaign has been disappointing so far, with two consecutive losses. They were defeated 3-1 by Switzerland in their opening match and then suffered a 2-0 loss to Germany. Despite these setbacks, Hungary has shown glimpses of their potential, particularly in the second half against Switzerland, where they managed to create several scoring opportunities but failed to capitalise. Defensively, Hungary will need to tighten up, having conceded five goals in two matches. Manager Marco Rossi will be looking for a more disciplined and cohesive performance from his team to keep their qualification hopes alive, as the team only needs to win to get the chance to cling on to playoffs through the third-place rankings. 

Scotland vs Hungary Prediction

Second Half Result - Hungary Draw No Bet

In both matches of this Euro, Hungary showed its best in the second half. Even in the match against Germany, where the team was a rightful outsider, two big chances were created in the second forty five minutes. While Marco Rossi rallies the team to show cohesive display through the whole course of the match, Hungary still plays its best after the half time. In the upcoming match, this can come in handy, as Scotland was evidently running out of physique during their second half against Switzerland, and the nominal guests can take advantage of it. This Scotland vs Hungary tip comes at 1.82 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Over 2.5

Both teams have one of the highest numbers in terms of conceded goals - Scotland has conceded 6 goals in 2 matches, white Hungary has 5 in this graph. In this match, where both teams are in dire need of three points, it is unlikely that we will witness a tight defensive game, as both teams’ defences have their vulnerabilities. This outcome can be picked at 1.72 at MrPlay.

Hungary to Score in the Second Half

As the Tricolours will need to show their potential in the attack, it is likely that the team will follow its traditional pattern and have more opportunities in the second half. The fans are still waiting for the proper display of the team’s leader and captain, Dominik Szoboszlai, as his conditions on the pitch are far from perfect. The support of Roland Szallai and Barnabas Varga in this regard can prove to be invaluable. This Scotland vs Hungary prediction comes at 1.67 at MrPlay.

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