If Portugal came up with a point against Iceland, Austria had a bitter pill to swallow against Hungary. Expected to be one of the teams to watch after their impressive qualification, Austria were left to rue their profligacy in the final third. David Alaba tested the Hungarian goal many times and was unlucky to have not scored a goal.
This came back to haunt Austria which eventually lost 2-0 and even had to see Aleksandar Dragovic receive his marching orders. The loss puts Austria’s chances in jeopardy and they would need to win against Portugal or risk complicating their progression to last 16.
The ageing Ricardo Carvalho will be monitored closely before being pushed for another start. Portugal will also look at replacing the right-back Veirinha. For Austria, the questions start with replacing the suspended Dragovic. There could be other changes as well and we might get to see more attacking intent from Austria.
Portugal failed to win four of their last eight games with three losses in that period. They have scored in eight of their last 11 games which indicates their attacking intent. Despite their strong qualification campaign, Austria struggled in the run-up to Euros with four losses in their last six matches. Even the wins against Albania and Malta were unconvincing. And with just two clean sheets there is so much riding on them letting at least a goal.
Back both teams to score a goal and also for Ronaldo to find the back of the net.