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Hungary vs Switzerland Euro 2024 Prediction: Which side will earn the Group A advantage?

The Group A action continues as Hungary and Switzerland meet in the second game at Euro 2024. 

Hungary vs Switzerland Euro 2024 Prediction: Who will lay down a Group A marker?

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Both sides will be happy with their group draw for Euro 2024. Yes, playing Germany will never be easy, but Hungary and Switzerland will see Scotland as beatable after their heavy 5-1 defeat to the hosts.

This could represent a great chance of finishing either second or as one of the best third-place teams. Even the Germans haven’t been invincible in recent tournaments, with the host crowd perhaps a little worried about their chances of progression.

Hungary has been in immense form over the past couple of years, losing just one of their last 16 games across all competitions since falling to Italy in the Uefa Nations League in September 2022. Dominik Szoboszlai offers serious pedigree in the midfield, but the supporting cast, including Daniel Gazdag, Milos Kerkez and Attila Szalai, is not short on quality or dynamism. And as always, a ferocious away support will be cheering them on.

Switzerland have been less convincing recently but have managed to cobble together a three-game unbeaten run heading into the tournament, beating Ireland and Estonia 1-0 and 4-0, respectively, before drawing 1-1 with Austria. They also have some serious quality in Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Fabian Schar. Moreover, it’s only a quick hop over the German border for many Swiss fans, so they’ll be well supported throughout this competition.

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The second Euro 2024 match occurs at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Köln on June 15.

Hungary went unbeaten during qualifying for the tournament, finishing above the likes of Serbia and Montenegro on 18 points from eight games. Switzerland had to battle harder, finishing second to Romania in their group on 17 points from 10 games. They only lost once but won just one of their last seven matches, with that victory coming against an Andorra side ranked 164th in the world.

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Hungary will undoubtedly lean on their midfield quality at Euro 2024, with Liverpool’s Szoboszlai the man to make them tick. However, don’t discount the supporting cast, with Barnabas Varga scoring four goals during qualifying. At the same time, MLS stars Daniel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union) and Daniel Salloi (Sporting KC) can be potent attacking threats.

The Hungarians also have a solid defensive base, as shown by Peter Gulacsi and Willi Orban of RB Leipzig. That explains their record of just seven goals conceded from eight qualifying matches, while they have kept a clean sheet in their last two fixtures.

However, with that being said, the key uncertainties are who will start in goal (Gulácsi or Dibusz) and who will be on the left side of the three-man defence (Szalai or Dárdai). In terms of injuries, Szoboszlai, who was substituted during the match against Israel on Saturday, seems to be alright. Négo and Styles have trained separately and are likely to be doubtful for the Switzerland game.

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Switzerland looks even more dangerous on paper, with Shaqiri, Zhaka, Schar, and Manuel Akanji in their ranks. With those names, the ‘dark horse’ tag would feel quite apt. Their goalkeeping pool is also very strong, with Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel still playing as a backup to Inter’s Yann Sommer.

However, goals have been a problem, with the Swiss scoring more than one goal in a single match in just one of their last seven outings. At the same time, Xhaka (14), Breel Embolo (13), Steven Zuber (11) and Shaqiri (31) are the only players in their squad to have scored double-figure senior international goals.

Switzerland kicked off qualification with back-to-back wins over Belarus and Israel by an 8-0 combined scoreline, but in their remaining eight matches, their only victories came against Andorra. There are a few malfunctions for head coach Murat Yakin to fix, but the quality is there.

Heading into their opening game, with Embolo and Zuber both unfit to start, we can expect Amdouni to get the nod up front, as he was the top scorer for the Nati in the qualifying matches. The aforementioned Xhaka and Shaqiri are set to provide experience and power in midfield in front of a likely back three consisting of Elvedi, Akanji, and Rodriguez.

Hungary vs Switzerland Head to Head

This has been a heavily played international fixture over the years, with the two nations meeting on 46 previous occasions. Hungary holds a 30-11 head-to-head advantage with five draws shared, but only one of those victories has come in their last nine meetings in a run starting in May 1994. Switzerland have won the three most recent meetings, two of which came during the 2018 World Cup qualifying cycle.

Hungary vs Switzerland H2H
Date Score Ground
07/10/17 2-5 St Jakob Park, Basel
07/10/16 2-3 Groupam,a Arena, Budapest
13/02/02 1-2 Limassol
18/11/98 2-0 Ulloi Uti Stadion, Budapest
20/08/97 1-1 Nepstadion, Budapest
30/04/97 0-1 Letzigrund, Zurich

How to watch Hungary vs Switzerland Live

The second game of Euro 2024 sees Hungary take on Switzerland and all of the action will be live on ITV1 or STV, as well as online on ITVX or STV Player. 

Every game at Euro 2024 will be shown live on either BBC or ITV, with the two platforms sharing the broadcast rights.