UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying: Wales vs Hungary

Following victory in Azerbaijan on Saturday, Wales welcome Hungary to the Cardiff City Stadium for an all or nothing showdown because whoever wins will reach Euro 2020. 

A draw however will send Slovakia through if they beat Azerbaijan, just to add a further complexity to a match in which the task is simple for both teams – win. 

 

Team news

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Joe Allen is available for Wales after returning from an one match ban, which kept him out of Saturday’s win in Azerbaijan. 

Aberdeen’s Ryan Hedges meanwhile has been added to the squad for this crunch qualifier. 

Hungary will be without Zsolt Kalmar after he suffered an injury on Friday against Uruguay in a 2-1 friendly defeat.

Manager, Marco Rossi however could recall some of Hungary’s top players like Peter Gulacsi and Gergo Lovrencsics to the starting eleven, after resting them on Friday. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Wales have won three of their last five meetings with Hungary in all competitions (W3, L2). 
  • At home, Wales have avoided defeat in three of four clashes with Hungary (W2, D1, L1). 
  • Hungary have won one of their last six away games in all competitions (W1, D1, L4).

 

Prediction

Wales looked absolutely fantastic on Saturday with their attacking play and ability to utilise their wingers, which could trouble Hungary if they don’t make a strong start given their poor away form.

I however am expecting Hungary to come and try playing on the counter, as that tactic looks to be their best hope of victory or at least denying Wales qualification alongside themselves. 

We therefore will either see a strong open game or a cagey battle because both defences will need to be at their best, although I am going for a Wales win because they look the stronger team even if their clinical finishing needs to improve. 

Prediction: Wales 2-1 Hungary

Result: Wales 2-0 Hungary

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