Austria v Hungary
Group F gets underway on Tuesday with old rivals Austria and Hungary going head to head at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeux. The meeting will be the 138th between the two sides, but only the 2nd at a major tournament.
Austria, co-hosts of the 2008 edition, will participate in the Championships for only the second time in their history. They qualified as winners of Group G, which included Russia and Sweden, winning 9 of their 10 matches. Striker Marc Janko top-scored with seven goals. Janko is currently recovering from a neck injury but is expected to be fit in time for the opener.
Despite playing as a full-back for Bayern Munich, David Alaba will line-up as a defensive midfielder for Marcel Koller’s side. The 23-year-old chipped in with four goals in qualifying and provides a threat from set pieces. Leicester City left-back Christian Fuchs will captain the side.
Austria won one and lost one of their two warm-up matches; beating Malta 2-1 before losing 2-0 to the Netherlands.
Euro 2016 is Hungary’s first appearance at the Championship since 1972. The side coached by Bernd Storck qualified via a play-off after finishing third in their qualifying group.
40-year-old cult hero Gabor Kiraly will keep goal for the Hungarians. Bursaspor winger Balazs Dzsudzsak is the side’s danger-man and also captains the team. Former West Bromwich midfielder Zoltan Gera will be one of a double pivot shielding a back four.
Krisztian Nemeth is a slight doubt with a muscle injury meaning Nemanja Nikolic could start in attacking midfield. Tamas Priskin and Adam Szalai will battle it out for the lone striker berth.
Hungary’s drew one and lost one of their two warm-up matches; a goalless draw with Ivory Coast was followed by a 2-0 defeat by World Champions Germany.
Hungary hold the upper hand in their head-to-head record with 66 wins to Austria’s 40 (with 31 draws).
Austria predicted line up
Hungary predicted line up
101 Great Goals predicts: Austria 1 – Hungary 0