UA-93190918-1 Euro 2016 Group F Preview: Portugal, Austria, Iceland, Hungary - Insane Bet

Euro 2016 Group F Preview: Portugal, Austria, Iceland, Hungary

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Euro 2016 Group F is a dream draw for Portugal. They will face surprise team Iceland, “How can Finland lose to them” Hungary and Austria who defeated both Russia and Sweden in their qualifying group.

Euro 2016 Group F: Schedule

Portugal to top the group..

No matter how much we would like for Austria to do well in these games, it is difficult to look past Portugal when looking for the winner of this group. This might be the last chance for Cristiano Ronaldo to succeed with the national team.

The qualifiers were quite easy for Portugal. Their only loss came in the opening round to Albania but after that all the other games were won. Denmark, Albania and Serbia had no chance.

They do not have the strongest team possible as they have had some injuries. Tiago (Atletico Madrid) and Fabio Coentrao (AS Monaco) had to withdraw due to injury. This has opened the door for some future starts like Renato Sanchez and Raphaël Guerreiro. Bayern Munchen just bought the 18-year old Sanchez with a large amount and Guerreiro has been a key player in the French Ligue 1 team Lorient for years already.

In goal they have the experienced Rui Patricio (Sporting CP). If he gets injured they have Anthony Lopes to cover. He had a good season with Lyon in the French Ligue 1.

Even without Coentrao they have a strong defensive line up. Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Cédric (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), José Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient). They have enough players and cover for all positions so even possible injuries will not take the quality down too much.

The midfield is also strong even though it is missing a potential super player. William Carvalho (Sporting CP), Danilo Pereira (Porto), João Moutinho (Monaco), Renato Sanches (Benfica), Adrien Silva (Sporting CP), André Gomes (Valencia), João Mário (Sporting CP).

The offensive line is the weak if you do not count Ronaldo. Portugal has not had a good striker for years and they rely too much on Ronaldo but if you have to rely on someone, CR7 is not a bad choice. Rafa Silva (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş), Nani (Fenerbahçe), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Lille).

Football-Finland prediction:

They can win all their games but Austria is good enough to get a draw.

Austria to go through in an easy group.

Austria surprised everyone in the qualifiers and was definitely better than favorites Russia and Sweden. They drew their first game against Sweden but after that, they won all their games which is a big achievement considering that the same group also had Montenegro. There are not many teams who can get an away win from Stockholm and from Moscow. They are like Leicester and they even have one player who plays there.

They have a very organized defense that kept a clean sheet in 6 games but when they needed goals, they were able to get them. They beat Sweden 1-4 and Montenegro 2-3.

In goal they have Robert Almer (Austria Wien). His best achievements are from Austria Wien as in Germany he did not get much playing time with Hannover or Fortuna Dusselforf. This might be the biggest weakness in this team. Their second keeper is Ramazan Özcan (Ingolstadt) and Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt) is third.

Their defense has quality from the Premier League and Bundesliga. It is the strongest part of this team. Aleksandar Dragovic (Dinamo Kyiv), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), György Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Prödl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur).

In midfield they have the superstars of the team: Alaba (Bayern Munchen) and Arnautovic (Stoke). This midfield is quite strong or at least Bundesliga level so they might go far.  David Alaba (Bayern München), Marko Arnautović (Stoke City), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Luzern), Zlatko Junuzović (Werder Bremen), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig), Alessandro Schöpf (Schalke), Valentino Lazaro (Salzburg).

In attack they got Marc Janko. The 32-year old experienced striker scored 7 goals in the qualifiers and 16 goals to Basel. Last season he scored 16 goals for FC Sydney in Australia. Behind him there is some quality drop as Okotie (1860 Munchen) scored 8 goals in the 2. Bundesliga and Hinterseer (Ingolstadt) who scored 6 goals in the Bundesliga are not the same level.

If Austria will go far, then Janko has a good chance to win the top goalscorer prize. Iceland and Hungary might concede a lot of goals potentially.

Football-Finland prediction:
Hungary and Iceland should be easy to win but Portugal might be too strong.

Iceland might go through with 1 win..

Iceland played had a good qualification campaign as they made it into the games for the first time in their history. They have some good players but their main strength is the excellent team spirit and defense. As a weakness the team lacks depth. Iceland is not a big country so they do not have too many good quality players. If Gyli Sigurdsson or Aron Gunnarsson are unable to play (both have been injured), then it is a big hit on their plans to succeed. They have an experienced coach in Swedish Lars Lagerbäck who already announced that they will leave the team after the games.

Their goaltending is not that strong. Hannes Halldórsson (Bodø/Glimt), Ögmundur Kristinsson (Hammarby), Ingvar Jónsson (Sandefjord) are all good goalkeepers for Scandinavia level but they lack international experience.

Iceland kept a clean sheet in 6 of their qualifiers so their defense has some quality. Ari Skúlason (OB), Hordur Magnússon (Cesena), Hjörtur Hermannsson (PSV Eindhoven), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Krasnodar), Kári Árnason (Malmö), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Lokeren), Birkir Sævarsson (Hammarby), Haukur Heidar Hauksson (AIK).

Ptentially the midfield is their best part but it cannot take any missing players.  Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff), Theódór Elmar Bjarnason (AGF), Arnór Ingvi Traustason (Norrköping), Birkir Bjarnason (Basel), Johann Gudmundsson (Charlton), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Molde), Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson (Sundsvall). They even had to take 37-year old Eidur Gudjohnsen (former Barcelona and Chelsea) who has managed to get into form in Norway with Molde.

They have a good offense but it cannot take any missing players either.  Kolbeinn Sigthórsson (Nantes), Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Kaiserslautern).

Football-Finland prediction:

Portugal is too tough in the beginning but Hungary is beatable. In their last game they might be tired and Austria will win easily.

Hungary is too weak for these games..

Hungary surprised many when they defeated Norway in the playoffs. Their main strength is that they can compete against anyone. They did not lose a single game with more than 1 goal. Also they did not beat anyone with more than 1 goal in the qualifiers.

Their main goalkeeper is the 40-year old Gabor “college pants” Kiraly. Behind him is 15 years younger Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros)and Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig). From these only Dibusz played as a number 1.

The defense is a mix of Hungary and Poland premier league playrs. This gives an advantage to other teams.  Attila Fiola (Puskas Akademia), Barnabas Bese (MTK), Richard Guzmics (Wisla Krakow), Roland Juhasz (Videoton), Adam Lang (Videoton), Tamas Kadar (Lech Poznan), Mihaly Korhut (Debrecen).

The midfielder has  Zsoltan Gera but otherwise it is Hungary league level. Akos Elek (Diosgyori), Adam Pinter (Ferencvaros), Zoltan Gera (Ferencvaros), Adam Nagy (Ferencvaros), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Werder Bremen), Gergo Lovrencsics (Lech Poznan), Zoltan Stieber (Nurnberg).

The offense is their best part, but they have had injuries and it is not sure if for instance Balazs Dzsudzsak (Bursaspor) can play. Adám Szalai (Hannover), Krisztian Nemeth (al-Gharafa), Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw), Tamas Priskin (Slovan Bratislava), Daniel Bode (Ferencvaros).

Football-Finland prediction:

If their defense holds, then they can get some points. But to be fair only Iceland is a team that they can beat. Portugal and Austria are definitely too good.

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