Belgium vs. Hungary Betting Odds Preview, Euro 2016 Round-of-16 Prediction

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2016

Belgium's soccer team fans cheer ahead of the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Sweden and Belgium at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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Belgium will be looking for a third straight clean sheet victory at Euro 2016 as they take on Group F winners Hungary in a round of 16 matchup as heavy betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.

Hungary have emerged as one of the feel-good stories of this year's tournament after going unbeaten in group stage action but are massive underdogs against highly-ranked Belgium.

Match Odds: Belgium -152, Hungary +614, Draw +263 (Matchup Report)

Belgium will be aiming to follow up on a strong finish in Group E with their first knockout stage victory at the European championships since 1980 when they take on this surprising Hungary squad. The Belgians are at +550 on the updated Euro 2016 odds, with Hungary well behind at +10000 to win the tournament.

Perched at No. 2 on the FIFA world rankings, Belgium got their tournament off to a worrisome start with an uninspired 2-0 loss to Italy that ultimately handed first place to the Azzurri. That defeat also appeared to compound the club's recent struggles, which included just two victories in four pre-tournament outings and ultimately cost them top spot on the Group E table.

However, with Italy drawing a harrowing round-of-16 clash with defending champions Spain, supporters of Les Diables Rouges are now breathing a sigh of relief as they look forward to facing a Hungary squad against whom they are undefeated in eight meetings ahead of Sunday's matchup at Stadium Municipal in Toulouse.

Belgium dominated in their group-stage shutout wins over Ireland and Sweden, allowing just five total shots on target in those contests. However, those wins mark the first time the team has recorded consecutive clean sheet victories in their past 14 games, after surrendering eight total goals over their previous five contests.

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Finding the net has not been a problem for Hungary, which tallied six total markers in three group-stage outings and took first place on the Group F table in their first Euro appearance since 1972.

While Hungary have emerged as a crowd favorite at this year's tournament, they have been met with tempered expectations at the sportsbooks as a result of a recent record that includes just one victory in their past six games, a 2-0 tournament-opening win over Austria.

Hungary have also been dominated in four straight losses to Belgium, most recently dropping a 3-0 decision in a 2009 international friendly, but showed remarkable grit during Euro 2016 ualifying. The Hungarians allowed just 10 total goals in 12 contests and rose to the occasion as betting underdogs to claim a playoff victory over Norway.

Belgium vs. Hungary Prediction: 3-1 Belgium

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