Hungary and Wales go head to head on Tuesday night in a game of huge importance for the Euro 2020 qualifiers. As it stands going into the encounter, the visitors are placed in third after two matches with three points having been defeated once and coming away with a single victory. The hosts are three points clear of their upcoming opponents with six points, however that could all change in these crucial ninety minutes as Gareth Bale and co look to seal their spot in next summer’s championships.
These two sides have never faced off against one another before so this is all new territory for Ryan Giggs’ men. In reality, this meeting is of more importance to the away team and a win could be necessary depending on other results. Wales have the quality, but a disappointing result in Croatia preceding this matchup may have dented confidence within the camp somewhat. The Hungarians are fresh off the back of a comfortable three points versus Azerbaijan and will be well up for this one, in what should be an exciting fixture.
Marco Rossi has made his side very difficult to bat in recent months, suffering only one defeat since October, and winning four of the six matches they’ve played in that time. Hungary have only failed to score in one of those games, a loss at the hands of Slovakia, however they have netted a minimum of two goals in each of the other five outings – a mightily impressive statistic. Following a second placed finish in their Uefa Nations League group, two points behind Finland, Hungary opened their Euro 2020 qualifying account with a 2-0 loss at the City Arena Trnava. Then came a vital 2-1 seeing off of last summer’s World Cup finalists Croata, and more recently they have beaten Azerbaijan by three goals to one through a brace from Will orban and one by David Holman late on in the affair. The home side will be well aware of the threat Wales can pose, but they will most certainly fancy their chances.
Wales have not been quite as impressive as their hosts over the past few months, losing in three of their last five matches scoring a maximum of one goal in the four games they found they net in. Ryan Giggs has a real task on his hands if he is to break into the automatic qualifying spots for Euro 2020 as Croatia and Hungary will both be on a high after their successful recent outings, however the talent is unquestionably present within the squad to reach the tournament. The Uefa Nations League could have gone better, and Wales will perhaps feel that they could have topped the group rather than finishing two points behind Denmark. Putting that behind them, Wales came into these qualifiers in relatively high spirits despite a shock friendly defeat to Albania, and earned maximum points versus Slovakia in March. At the weekend though, Croatia bagged once in either half as James Lawrence put the ball into his own net and Ivan Perisic notched the second to break Welsh supporters’ hearts. This tie is virtually must-win for Wales as another defeat could spell the end of their chances of making it to the Euro’s next year.
Other than the unfortunate loss against Slovakia in March, Hungary have lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation when playing both Croatia and Azerbaijan. The switch was probably caused by the defeat in their opening fixture of the qualifying campaign, and there can be no complaining about the outcome, scoring five times and shipping only two goals, beating the World Cup finalists and going to a difficult region – Azerbaijan – and coming away with three precious points. It’s expected that they will continue with this formation in this one. Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Ante Rebic will miss out.
The fact that Ryan Giggs had to come out to the press and explain that “Gareth Bale still loves football” shows exactly where the star-man’s head is at this time, with the Real Madrid forward’s club future in doubt and national side outside of the automatic qualifying spots for the Euros. Bale will most likely start as a number nine at the front of a 4-2-3-1 formation as he has done in the two first outings of these qualifiers, with Harry Wilson and Daniel James expected to sit either side of the attacking midfield three. Ben Davies is uncertain to retain his position in the side after returning from injury, while Aaron Ramsey, James Chester and Paul Dummett were not included in the squad.
This is a Hungary side who never give up, and in the previous Euro 2020 qualifying fixture Will Orban netted a brace to seal a victory for his team. We can see similar taking place in this one, and with Skybet you can get Orban to find the net twice at 200/1. Of course, that is unlikely, yet still plausible. If you’d prefer, Skybet have Hungary to come out on top at the end of the day at just 15/8, a likely outcome following recent results and performances of both teams.
Gareth Bale is expected to be a man on a mission in this game, with the entire footballing world expecting him to make a big move this summer and the pressure of his nation resting on his shoulders. A goal from the former Spurs winger wouldn’t come as a shock, and with Skybet you can find decent odds of 17/10 for the frontman to get on the scoresheet anytime.
Will Orban brace at 200/1
Hungary win at 15/8
Bale to score at 17/10