Portugal vs Hungary
World Cup Qualifiers Group Stage
25.03.2017, 19:45 (GMT)
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
With four matches played in Group B of UEFA 2018 World Cup qualifying, both Portugal and Hungary have work to do, if they are to take the top spot and secure automatic qualification.
As things stand coming into this match, Switzerland are top of the group with a 100% record and Portugal are 3 points behind in second place. Having lost to the Swiss away from home, Portugal cannot afford to lose any more ground at the top of the group and will consider this a must win match against the Hungarians.
Hungary sit third in the group, 2 points behind Portugal and can move above the European champions with a win in this game. Hungary enjoyed a good European Championships in France but have started this group slowly, being held to a 0-0 draw in the Faroe Islands and losing at home to Switzerland, thanks to an 89th minute strike from Valentin Stocker.
1. Bookies Choice - 1X2 Odds
Portugal, as one would expect for the European champions, come into this match as heavy favourites to win at 1.25 with Bet365. Portugal are usually very strong at home when it comes to World Cup qualifying games and you must go back to September 2008, to find the last time they lost a World Cup qualifier at home. Portugal and Hungary met during that same World Cup qualifying campaign and Portugal won their home fixture 3-0.
Hungary have struggled away from home in World Cup qualifying, winning only one of their last five matches. Recent defeats include an 8-1 hammering in Holland and 3-0 defeat in Romania. In fact, you must go back to 1984 to find the last time Hungary defeated a top team away from home in World Cup qualification and this is reflected in their odds of 15.00 with Bet365 to win this match.
The draw is also available at 5.00, a result which the teams played out during Euro 2016.
2. Portugal vs Hungary Betting Tips
Portugal tend to be very good defensively in home World Cup qualifying matches. They have conceded only 3 goals in their last thirteen home games and will be hoping to make it 3 in fourteen come the final whistle against Hungary. Portugal to win the match to nil is on offer at 1.72 with Bet365.
Having conceded 11 goals in their final two World Cup qualifying games of the previous campaign, Hungary have started better defensively this time around, keeping clean sheets in the Faroe Islands and Latvia. However, Portugal are set to offer a much sterner test of Hungary’s defence, having netted 16 goals in their four group games. Hungary may not collapse in the same way as Andorra, Faroe Islands and Latvia but Portugal should have enough to make the breakthrough and win the match by at least two goals. Portugal to win 2-0 is available at 5.50 with Bet365.
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