This game pits 2 surprise packages against each other from Group F. Both of these teams achieved results that people didn't think were possible and as a result are right in the mix to qualify for the knockout phase.
Iceland managed to secure a 1-1 draw against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal which prompted a few unkind words about 'small team mentalities' from the former Manchester United winger which were probably a tad unfair. Iceland did play on the break against Portugal and were never really on the front foot, but the game plan worked and they managed to fashion a chance and score a decent goal. Iceland's joint managers will have been really pleased with how they performed and will be looking at the Hungary game as a match that they can let the shackles off slightly. Hungary are more Iceland's level in terms of ability so Iceland will be thinking that they can almost secure qualification with a win here.
Hungary on the other hand produced an even bigger shock by defeating every man and his dog's 'dark horses' for the competition Austria 2-0 in their opening group game! I have to admit, I was very critical of Hungary and their ability before the tournament and before the game and they proved me wrong in the last match. If David Alaba's impressive shot after 45 seconds had gone in then maybe it would have been a different story but the fact remains that Hungary put Austria to the sword and will be in buoyant mood going into this Iceland game. Hungary will also see Iceland as a team that they can beat and almost secure qualification from Group F too.
Hungary managed to use the experience of their many 33+ year old players to their advantage and there was even a goal from Adam Szalai who hadn't score in nearly 4 years for his country - madness.
Hungary were magnificent in the last game and I know a lot of people will be backing them here however, I think Iceland just have a little bit more guile about them and a wilier manager. Iceland did very well to get that point against Portugal and I think Austria handed the game to Hungary as much as the Hungarians won it. My money will certainly be going on Iceland to win this game but it certainly won't be by a massive margin.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is the prime set piece taker for Iceland and its pretty good at it if I'm honest. He's scored a lot of free kicks for Reading, Hoffenheim, Swansea and Spurs so he has lots of experience and will be hoping to get more of a chance on the ball in this game and do his thing. He's a great bet to score a free kick in this game.
Like I mentioned before, Hungary's main striker has 9 goals in 33 appearances and has 1 goal in nearly 4 years for the Hungarians, that is simply not good enough and I'm not sure if he will be presented with tonnes of clear cut chances. I could be wrong but I can see Iceland nicking this game 1-0 and blowing the group wide open. I really can't see it being a high scoring game as these teams don't have any natural goal scorers but their star man in midfield such as Sigurdsson and Dzsudzsak will have to pull the strings.
I can really see this game being one of the most boring we've had so far in the tournament. These 2 teams do not score tonnes of goals and play free flowing football. They have both arrived looking to sit back and counter attack. Eventually one of them may go for it and I think it will be Iceland and we could see a goal. This just screams snoozefest to me.
The former Ajax striker now plies his trade in France for Nantes and he has 20 goals in 40 appearances for Iceland, that's pretty damn good considering Iceland are such a small team that people expect to beat whenever they play them. This guy has scored goals his whole career and will be looking to make his mark against Hungary. With a 1 goal every 2 game record for Iceland, all I'm saying is - he didn't score last game!
This isn't the most inventive bet in the world however, based on the Portugal game and Austria game both of these sides love a darting run into the box and going down, especially the Hungarians. I can see a penalty being given in this game and it could decide the match.