Belgium, with their top-rated stars, have looked good in Euro 2016, and will need to play some great football if they are to reach the Euro 2016 final. However, they need to take one step at a time and concentrate first on their round of 16 match against Hungary on Sunday.
With silky players like Eden Hazard and powerful Romelu Lukaku, they have all the ammunition in their bag to help Belgium reach the quarterfinals of Euro 2016.
However, Hungary may not have such stars like that of Belgium, but they will not be an easy nut to crack as they will be a confident unit after having played some good football in the group stages. To be fair, Hungary have exceeded expectations, and they will be in no mood to let this positive momentum stop when they play against Marc Wilmot's side, who are ranked number two in the world.
Hungary coach Bernd Storck believes they deserved the round of 16 berth, and considers Belgium to a big challenge.
"We are very happy to be in the round of 16, I think we deserve it. We have played good football and have kept improving. But now we play the team second in the FIFA rankings, an excellent side. We have to concentrate on our strengths, be strong in defence and clinical when we have chances," UEFA's official website quoted Storck as saying.
"It's not for me to say if [Belgium] are a golden generation but they play at top clubs and have won a lot of trophies. They had a very difficult start against Italy – you can easily lose to them and that was the case at this tournament. But Belgium have got better from game to game and it is going to be a big challenge for us."
For Hungary, reaching the quarterfinals might look an uphill task, but not an impossible one. They will need an inspiring performance from their skipper, Balazs Dzsudzsak, who has looked good in their last two matches. Besides their captain, Zoltan Gera and Adam Nagy need to play an important role against Belgium. They need their defencive unit to stand up and be counted against Belgium.
With an array of stars in Belgium squad, it may just be enough if some of their players like Hazard and Lukaku have a great night on Sunday. The duo, when on song, can unlock any defence in the world, and score goals. They will also need solid support from Kevin Du Bruyne to keep their constant threat on goal, and Wilmot's side defence also needs to be be solid. However, Belgium have sometimes been erratic and inconsistent when the going gets tough.
Belgium may have lost to Italy, but have registered impressive wins over Republic of Ireland and Italy. Finishing second from the pool, which was considered 'group of death', might have given them extra confidence to perform even better in Euro 2016 knockout stages.
Wilmots is aware of the tough Hungary defence, and wants his offencive players to be patience.
"Our goal is to go as far as possible. I have no problem with being considered favourites. We have to have the ball and dominate as we try to and get to the quarters. We have to control the ball and tie them down and create one-on-one match-ups in the last 30 metres. But they are very compact in defence, so we have to be patient and play at pace. Hungary will fight until the end," Wilmots said.
Belgium go into their Euro 2016 match as a favourite, but they cannot afford to take Hungary lightly, and be overconfident, which could lead to their downfall.
Where to watch live
Hungary vs Belgium round of 16 game Euro 2016 match is set to begin at 9 p.m. local time(12:30 a.m. IST, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET). All the live streaming and TV information is below.
USA: TV: ESPN 2 and ESPN 3. Live Streaming: Watch ESPN.
Belgium: TV: La Deux
Hungary: TV: M4 Sports
France: TV: Bein Sports 1 and 2. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
Germany: TV: SRF zwei, Sport 1.FM, WDR. Live Streaming: ARD Das Erste.
Austria: ZDF, HRT 2, ORF 1. Live Streaming: ORF TV.
Hungary: M4 Sports.
Ukraine: Belarus 2, Kanal Ukrayina.
Poland: Polsat Sport 2 HD, Belarus 5, TV P1. Live Streaming: TVP Sport.
Slovakia: TV: HRT and STV.
Canada: TV: TSN and RDS. Live Streaming: TSN TV.
Australia: TV: Bein Sports and SBS One. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
China and Hong Kong: TV: CCTV and LeTV.Latin America: TV: DirecTV.
Thailand: TV: Channel 3.
Singapore: TV: Eleven Singapore and Singtel. Live Streaming: Singtel Go.
Malaysia: TV: Astro.
Middle East and North Africa: TV: Bein Sports Max. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa: TV: SuperSport 3. Live Streaming: SuperSport.