Hungary will face Wales at home on Tuesday-evening. Hungary is in shape, but with Gareth Bale, Wales naturally has an outside player. So it promises to be an exciting evening in Budapest!
Prior to the qualification for last year’s World Cup, Hungary was seen as a young and frivolous country that could sometimes come as a surprise. The Eastern Europeans, however, did not live up to those expectations, because they grabbed a ticket for the World Cup. However, the Magyars have now set their sights on European Championship qualification. That is going well, because with six points from three duels, Hungary is leading in group E together with Croatia. Last weekend, thanks to goals from Willi Orban (2x) and David Holman, 1-3 were won at Azerbaijan.
Hungary is therefore working on a nice European Championship qualifying series, but the selection that coach Marco Rossi has to work with is very poor. Hoffenheim striker Adam Szalai is the absolute star in the country with twenty goals in 54 international matches and former PSV player Balazs Dzsudzsak is also a well-known name. After his period in Eindhoven, however, the wing attacker never really managed to break through and wears out the aftermath of his career in the sandpit at Ittihad Kalba in the United Arab Emirates. The vast majority of players are active in the lesser European competitions, so Hungary has to rely mainly on the collective.
With three points from two duels, Wales is one of the countries to follow in order to enforce European Championship qualification in group F. The country managed to win its first European Championship qualifying match in March (Slovakia-home: 1-0) , but had to acknowledge her superior in Croatia with a 2-1 defeat last weekend. “It wasn’t good,” said national coach Ryan Giggs. “It must definitely be better against Hungary.”
Wales is building a new team. Gareth Bale is of course still the great leader, but with Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Matthew Smith (FC Twente), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) and Daniel James (Swansea City) among others, he got plenty of young talents in the selection of The Dragons . Certainly there are some rough diamonds in between – James makes the move to Manchester United this summer – but these youngsters of course also have a lot to learn. “For many boys, this is the first time they really smell of international football,” said defender Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur). ‘However, there is no time for learning. If we want to go to the European Championship, we will have to be there immediately. ”
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / NO @ 1,74