Austria and Hungary will start their campaign in the 2016 European Championship on Tuesday at Stade de Bordeaux. The two teams belong to Euro 2016 Group F together with Portugal and Iceland.
Austria and Hungary have been rivals over the years, as they have the second-most number of international matches played against each other — next to Argentina and Uruguay, ESPN reported. The two countries have collided 137 times before. Hungary have 66 wins, Austria has 40 victories, while the remaining 31 matches ended in draws.
Austria will be playing in the European Championship for the first time since co-hosting Euro 2008, where they ended up winless. They are poised to surpass their previous record, considering their performance in Euro 2012 qualifying, where they ended up with nine wins, no defeat and one draw.
Forwards Marko Arnautovic of English Premier League club Stoke and Marko Janko of Swiss Super League club Basel are expected to carry the scoring load for Austria. Arnautovic scored three goals in 10 qualifying matches, while Janko had seven strikes in nine games.
Like Austria, Hungary did not play in Euro 2012 and will actually make their first appearance since the 1972 European Championship, UEFA.com reported. Hungary coach Bernd Storck will lean on 40-year-old goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly and midfielder Laszlo Kleinheisler along with forward Balazs Dzsudzsak and Adam Szalai.
Here are the projected lineups for Austria and Hungary in their Euro 2016 Group F match:
Austria – Almer, Fuchs, Hinteregger, Dragovic, Klein, Alaba, Baumgartlinger, Arnautovic, Harnik, Junuzovic, Janko
Hungary – Kiraly, Fiola, Guzmics, Lang, Kadar, Nagy, Gera, Kleinheisler, Dzsudzsak, Nemeth, Szalai
Hungary lead their head-to-head matchup, but Austria have the more formidable team in the 2016 European Championship. Unless Hungary bring their A-game on Tuesday, Austria are expected to cruise to a convincing victory to start their campaign on a high note. Austria, 2-0.
The Austria-Hungary match will start at 3 p.m. ET and will be available on ESPN3. Online live stream will be available on WatchESPN. More TV broadcast and live stream information can be viewed on Live Soccer TV.