Scotland Vs Hungary Betting Tips: The Panel's Best Bets & Euro 2024 Predictions

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Scotland Vs Hungary Betting Tips: The Panel's Best Bets & Euro 2024 Predictions

Scotland Vs Hungary Betting Tips

Steve Clarke’s Scotland have the chance to make history on Sunday evening when they face Hungary in an all-or-nothing Group A encounter at Euro 2024 (8pm, BBC One). 

No Scottish team has ever qualified for the knockout stages of a major tournament, but a win over the Magyars would almost certainly see Clarke’s team advance to the last-16. 

Scotland got off the mark in Group A with a battling 1-1 draw against Switzerland last time out in a much-improved showing from the 5-1 humbling they suffered at the hands of Germany on the tournament’s opening night.

With no side having ever failed to reach the knockout phase with four points since the Euros became a 24-team competition, the Scots know what they need to do. 

But the same goes for Hungary, who lost their opening two games of the tournament to Germany and Switzerland, and now must beat Scotland to have any hope of going through as one of the best third-placed teams.

Football betting sites make the Hungarians narrow favourites for the win, but The Panel found it tough to pick a winner between two desperate sides and have went elsewhere with their selections for this game. 

Scotland vs Hungary Prediction: Go For Magyar Goals

Tensions will be extremely high in Stuttgart and there’s the potential for both sides to be a little cagey in how they approach such an important game. 

However, based on what we’ve seen from these two defensively, it’s tough to imagine either being able to sit on a one-goal lead if they find themselves in such a situation. 

Scotland have conceded six times at these Euros with Hungary having allowed five goals and in the case of the Scots, their goals-against tally could be far higher had VAR not come to their rescue against the Swiss.

Their defensive issues aren't helped by missing Kieran Tierney through injury and the suspended Ryan Porteous, while doubts persist over goalkeeper Angus Gunn, despite an excellent save against Switzerland. They also look vulnerable from crosses into the box.

Hungary might only have scored once, but according to Fotmob, they’ve created the third-most big chances of the teams to have played twice at the Euros and should be the technically superior side in this game.

They looked far more dangerous in the defeat to Germany, registering seven shots in the first half alone as Dominik Szoboszlai pulled the string in the middle of the park.

A repeat performance on Sunday would cause Scotland major issues and Hungary came into this tournament having found the back of the net regularly, scoring two or more in six of their eight games pre-Euro 2024.

Scotland have conceded at least twice in seven of their last 12 games and The Panel like Hungary’s price on betting apps to net two or more. Whether that’s enough for the Magyars to win the game is another matter. 

The Panel Tip 1: Over 1.5 Hungary Goals – 21/20 With Unibet

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McTominay Price Tough To Ignore

Hungary have looked a little shaky at the back too and online bookmakers are expecting a high-scoring game with over 2.5 goals no bigger than 8/11.

Among the candidates who could help bump up the total is Scott McTominay, who has become something of a talisman for club and country, netting 10 times for the Red Devils last season and finishing as Scotland’s top scorer in qualifying for Euro 2024. 

The Manchester United midfielder was on target against Switzerland - albeit his effort could have gone down as a Fabian Schar own goal - as he became only the sixth Scot to score at the Euros, all of who have surnames starting with Mc. 

That was McTominay's ninth international goal, eight of which have come in his last 14 appearances. 

He had a team-high four shots in the game against Switzerland and is tough for teams to pick up when making late runs into the box. 

We saw Hungary get exposed by midfield runners bursting into the penalty area against Germany when Ilkay Gudogan found the net and The Panel think McTominay’s price of 3/1 to score any time may offer a bit of value.

The Panel Tip 2: Scott McTominay To Score Anytime – 3/1 With Bet365

McKenna May Be Vulnerable

Tierney’s place in the Scotland defence is likely to be filled by Scott McKenna and he didn’t look comfortable in his half-hour cameo against Switzerland. 

The Nottingham Forest defender was booked and committed two fouls after coming on as a sub and The Panel believe he’s a candidate for another card.

Germany left-back Maximilian Mittelstadt went into the book in their win over Hungary, who pose a threat down their right. 

Skipper Andrew Robertson will offer McKenna some protection as a left wing-back, but the concern is if left exposed, how will the slightly immobile centre-back cope in a game that could become stretched?

McKenna may face a long evening if Hungary can get at this leaky Scotland defence.

The Panel Tip 3: Scott McKenna To Be Carded – 10/3 With Bet365

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