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Ireland vs Hungary Predictions, Tips and Odds: John O’Shea looking to stake his claim

Ireland face Hungary in an international friendly this week, with John O’Shea in interim charge. Hungary are preparing for Euro 2024.

Republic of Ireland vs Hungary predictions

Republic of Ireland vs Hungary: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? No 3/4 with Bet Goodwin
Correct Score Republic of Ireland 0-2 Hungary 10/1 with Bet365
First Goalscorer Dominik Szoboszlai 7/1 with BetUK

The stats behind our Republic of Ireland vs Hungary predictions:

  • Ireland have failed to score in three of their four previous international games.
  • Hungary are on a three-game winning streak, with two coming by a two-goal margin.
  • Dominik Szoboszlai has scored Hungary’s first goal in their last three international matches.

A slow start to the post-Kenny era

The Stephen Kenny era came to an end after Ireland’s failure to qualify for Euro 2024, but John O’Shea hasn’t had the best of starts to his interim stint. The former centre-back will surely hope to put his name in the hand for the new permanent manager, though this is first non-assistant manager role.

O’Shea oversaw Ireland’s two friendlies in March without success, though his first game was a goalless draw with Belgium. Although Belgium’s Golden Generation looks to have passed, no one will have expected Ireland to avoid defeat as they did. But, a negative was that Ireland didn’t score a goal and they also failed to find the net in a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland last time out. So, while Ireland have tightened their defence, they are now struggling at the other end of the pitch.

Hungary, meanwhile, are preparing for Euro 2024. At the European Championships for the third consecutive tournament, Hungary have an interesting group against hosts Germany, Scotland and Switzerland.

This is the first of two pre-tournament friendlies for Hungary, who host Israel in Debrecen a week before their open their Euro 2024 campaign against Switzerland. Hungary come into this game in good form, unbeaten in their past 14 matches since a 2-0 defeat to Italy in the 2022 UEFA Nations League. That run saw Hungary qualify for Euro 2024 without defeat, including home-and-away victories over Serbia.

Republic of Ireland vs Hungary match tip

Hungary win to nil @ 3/1 with Sky Bet

As mentioned, Ireland have struggled for goals under O’Shea. But it’s a problem that has stretched slightly further back. The Boys In Green have failed to score in three of their past four international matches. At the same time, Hungary have kept a clean sheet in their past two games.

Republic of Ireland vs Hungary odds


*Odds correct as of 07:30 on June 4. 18+ only. GambleAware.

Hungary are favourites for this game but it’s closer than some might have expected. Ireland’s home advantage will definitely be playing its part in the odds, but Hungary should still have enough quality to keep their unbeaten run going.

Republic of Ireland vs Hungary team news

Andrew Omobamidele has been ruled out of Ireland’s two friendlies due to injury, with Bosun Lawal coming in to replace him. Troy Parrott is available having linked up late following his Eredivisie relegation playoff with Excelsior. Lyon defender Jake O’Brien and Leicester forward Tom Cannon will be hoping to make their senior Ireland debuts against Hungary. Adam Idah links up with the squad fresh from his Scottish FA Cup winning goal against Rangers.

Hungary manager Marco Rossi will be hoping to nail down his starting XI ahead of Euro 2024, having already named his final squad for the tournament.

How to watch Republic of Ireland vs Hungary Live

Ireland host Hungary in Dublin at 7:45pm on Tuesday 4th June. The game will be broadcast live on Premier Sports 1.

Republic of Ireland vs Hungary head-to-head

  • 8 June 2021 – Hungary 0-0 Republic of Ireland – International Friendly
  • 4 June 2012 – Hungary 0-0 Republic of Ireland – International Friendly
  • 11 Sep 1991 – Hungary 1-2 Republic of Ireland – International Friendly
  • 4 June 1989 – Republic of Ireland 2-0 Hungary – FIFA World Cup qualifier
  • 8 March 1989 – Hungary 0-0 Republic of Ireland – FIFA World Cup qualifier

After losing four and drawing three of the first seven meetings, Ireland are unbeaten in their past five games against Hungary — with two wins and three draws.

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