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Football accumulator tips: Magyars favourites for Cyprus win

| 31.05.2021

Six of the teams competing at Euro 2020 are in action on Friday and we have done separate previews on Spain v Portugal and Italy v Czech Republic.

We’re going to take a look at some of the lesser lights playing on the same day, like 400/1 shots North Macedonia and Hungary, while Iceland’s clash with Faroe Islands is also examined despite neither team being present at the European Championship.

Hungary have the toughest of all groups and we start with their friendly against Cyprus for our international football accumulator tips.

Hungary v Cyprus

With world champions France, current holders Portugal and multiple winners Germany awaiting Hungary at the rescheduled European Championship, it’s hard to imagine how their group could have been made more difficult.

The Magyars are 2/5 favourites to beat Cyprus for a sixth time in seven meetings since their first in 1984 and recent encouraging results suggests they could do exactly that in Budapest.

A 2-0 win against Turkey was sandwiched between score draws against Serbia and Poland in the Nations League and World Cup qualifiers respectively while Cyprus finished fourth in a Euro 2020 group containing Belgium, Russia and Scotland.

However, they beat Slovenia and drew with Slovakia in World Cup qualifying recently and only lost 1-0 in Croatia so a draw may not be beyond them at 13/4 against a team keen to avoid injuries, although a win at 15/2 may be a step too far.

North Macedonia v Kazakhstan

North Macedonia stunned Germany 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Duisburg so on paper they should have few problems against a Kazakh side that finished fifth of six in their Euro qualifying group.

Napoli’s Eljif Elmas and evergreen striker Goran Pandev are the leading lights of a team that also has Ezgjan Alioski in defence.

North Macedonia drew 1-1 with Slovenia on Monday when Elmas was on target and he is 5/2 to get on the scoresheet again or 6/1 to break the deadlock in Skopje.

The hosts are 7/10 to win or 23/20 to do so with three or fewer match goals while both teams to score, which has been the case in three of North Macedonia’s last four matches, is 11/10.

Faroe Islands v Iceland

Iceland were the toast of Euro 2016 but failure to qualify this time means they have been left contemplating friendlies against Faroe Islands and Poland.

They have won 20 of their 21 games against Faroe Islands and are 4/7 to improve that record but the hosts did manage a win 12 years ago and are 5/1 to win or 14/5 to draw.

History suggests Iceland will come out on top, though, and with six of their last seven meetings resulting in a win and under 3.5 goals, that could be the way to go at 23/20.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner