Hungary v Belgium: Expert v Expert Preview

One team expected to be here and another didn't, but when Hungary and Belgium meet in Toulouse we could expect the same level of thrills and spills we saw in the Hungarians' 3-3 draw with Portugal.

Experts Tomasz Mortimer and John Chapman preview the game.



Tomaz Mortimer on Hungary: Hungary welcome back key components Adam Nagy, Laszlo Kleinheisler and Tamas Kadar for the game against Belgium, after they were rested for Wednesday’s titanic battle with Portugal. In defence Adam Lang will continue in his accustomed right back position after the injury to Attila Fiola on matchday one against Austria. 

Zoltan Gera played just 45 minutes against the Portuguese on Tuesday which means he should be pretty fresh for Sunday’s game too. Daniel Bode is back in full training after recovering from his knock, but deputy left back Mihaly Korhut may miss out altogether after picking up an injury on Friday in training.

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John Chapman on Belgium: Moussa Dembélé is extremely unlikely to be in consideration for a midfield place so Radja Nainggolan is favourite to start alongside Axel Witsel in a 4-2-3-1 formation. That means the team will be unchanged from the one that started against Sweden. There is a slight possibility that Dries Mertens comes in for Yannick Carrasco who has yet to deliver performances to match the ones he regularly shows with Atletico. 




Mortimer: Hungary are still unbeaten in the tournament despite resting a number of key players in their game against Portugal, and they would have taken a mountain of confidence from that game scoring three goals against one Europe’s elite sides. Defensively Hungary were quite shaky, especially in the second half, but they were without their two defensive shields Zoltan Gera and Adam Nagy whilst Mihaly Korhut was deputising at left back for Tamas Kadar.

Hungary are likely to again be back to their solid self against Belgium, and if they can dictate the tempo of the game and get a hold of that midfield, they could really scare the FIFA ranked second best team in the world. 

Chapman: Belgium were not as convincing against Sweden as they were when Ireland were the opponents but the camp is happy with the two wins that has brought them to Toulouse to face Hungary. The game against Italy is now just a distant memory and Marc Wilmots expects his team to improve as the tournament progresses. Wilmots has found some stability and Witsel and Nainggolan just need to offer a little more protection to the back four as well as getting forward as often as possible.



Mortimer: Adam Nagy will be key for Hungary, and after being rested against Portugal on Wednesday, he should be fresh for this last 16 battle. The young man from Ferencvaros has been linked to Benfica and Marseille during the tournament after impressing in his two games so far at just 21. Nagy will try to dictate the tempo of the game with his quick passing with both feet and he will helped in part by fellow club mate Zoltan Gera who has been immense in this tournament so far. If those two Ferencvaros man can get a stranglehold on this game, Hungary would be very optimistic in their chances of getting through.  

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Chapman: Kevin De Bruyne. In Saturday’s press conference, Wilmots said that Kevin De Bruyne is enjoying his football again and is now playing with a smile on his face. It certainly looks that way and for me he was the man of the match against Sweden rather than Eden Hazard. Belgium need De Bruyne to be loading the bullets for the front three if they are to progress. He has been doing that in the last two games but no one has accepted the chances. The match with Hungary might be the game where those chances are converted. 



Mortimer: Both teams to score looks good at 2.48. After the group stages Hungary were the joint leading scorers in the tournament with six goals, and with Belgium’s individual quality you’d back them to net at least one too.

Chapman: I’m going for my favourite punt again. Belgium to win with over 2.5 goals at 3.00.



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Mortimer: Roland Juhasz used to be a striker in his younger days and he has a knack of scoring important goals – for him to score anytime is 25.00 which is pretty good for a centre back with his aerial prowess.

Chapman: I feel Yannick Carrasco could score at 4.40



Mortimer: Belgium 2-1 Hungary at 9.00

Chapman: Belgium 2-1 Hungary at 9.00