Football Bet of the Day: Hungary to inflict more anguish on Ireland

 | Monday 3rd June 2024, 10:30am

Monday 3rd June 2024, 10:30am

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The Republic of Ireland host Hungary at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday (19:45, Premier Sports), with the visitors using the international friendly to warm up for the upcoming European Championships, where they will face Switzerland, Germany and Scotland in Group A.

The Boys in Green won't be featuring at the tournament, but they do have the honour of featuring in my football bet of the day for Tuesday, June 4, though not for the best of reasons...

Football Bet of the Day - Tuesday, June 4

  • Hungary to beat Republic of Ireland @ 13/8

The Ireland team of the past few years certainly won't live long in the memory. Gone are the glory days of the 90's and 00's when they qualified for three World Cup finals and had players like Robbie Keane, Roy Keane and Shay Given. Even the 2016 Euros, where the likes of Seamus Coleman and Shane Long were in their pomp, feels like a long way off.

The Boys in Green haven't qualified for a major tournament since, and there is a severe lack of quality, or cohesion, compared to the sides of old. Gavin Bazunu, Nathan Collins and Evan Ferguson are among their brightest hopes these days, but the trio are injured and will take no part in Monday's game.

Caoimhin Kelleher, Will Smallbone, Mikey Johnston and Sammie Szmodics will be looking to show their ability on the international stage after promising seasons for their respective clubs, but some of the experienced heads like Coleman, Shane Duffy and Matt Doherty appear to be past their best.

That much has been evident in the past 15 months, with Ireland winning just two of their last 11 games since edging past Latvia 3-2 in their first game of the calendar year in March 2023. Those two wins came against the same nation, international minnows Gibraltar, who have lost their last 12 games.

There have been more positive signs of late, with interim boss O'Shea drawing 0-0 with Belgium in his first game in interim charge on March 23 before narrowly losing to Switzerland (0-1) three days later, but the Boys in Green have failed to score under him and have now blanked in three of their last four games, and four of their last six.

Football Bet of the Day - Tuesday June 4 2024 - Hungary to beat Republic of Ireland at 13-8

By contrast, Hungary are in terrific form. The Magyars are unbeaten since September 2022, when they lost 2-0 to Italy, winning nine from 14. They've kept six clean sheets in that time, including in their last two games, a 2-0 victory over Kosovo and 1-0 win against Turkey in March friendlies.

Led by Liverpool star Dominik Szoboszlai, Hungary have scored their fair share, too. They've only been shut out once since that defeat to Italy nearly two years ago and have scored at least twice in five of their last six games, with Szoboszlai scoring five times in their last three.

Marco Rossi will want his side to continue their unbeaten run and extend their winning streak to four matches after beating Montenegro, Turkey and Kosovo.

Hungary's other stars include RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulasci and AFC Bournemouth left-back Milos Kerkez, and they are more than a match for this Ireland side who have lost three and drawn two of their last five games at the Aviva Stadium.

It was nearly two years ago now, but Hungary showed their ability with a thumping 4-0 victory over England at Molineux (Wolverhampton) in a UEFA Nations League game in June 2022, and they followed that up with a win against Germany in Leipzig three months later.

Tuesday's match is only an international friendly, so we can't expect Hungary to produce the same intensity as they have in competitive contests, but victories over Turkey and Kosovo earlier this year proved that they don't take these games lightly, and a win in Dublin would be a great confidence boost ahead of the Euros.

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