The heartbreak of the Euros is still fresh for England players and fans alike, though it’s time to shift focus onto next years’ World Cup for Gareth Southgate’s boys as they head into the competition as one of the favourites, should they qualify.
The Three Lions are one of just four sides to make a perfect nine-point start to these qualifiers, and a win here over Hungary would establish a five-point lead over them, who are likely to be their closest challengers in this group.
Patrick Bamford and Jesse Lingard have earned himself a call-up after impressive campaigns for Leeds and West Ham last term, and with three games in such a short space of time, you can bet there’ll be a lot of squad rotation over the course of this international break.
Despite finishing bottom of their Euro’s group, Hungary impressed a lot of people by taking their qualification push right down to the wire with France, Germany and Portugal, which is no mean feat.
They’ve now lost just one of their last 14 games, which came against Portugal in their opening group games this summer, while their most impressive results in that run came in their last two matches in draws with France and Germany, so this certainly is no foregone conclusion.
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England are now unbeaten in 13 over 90 minutes, winning 10 of those games since a 2-0 defeat to Belgium in the Nations League over 10 months ago.
What’s more, up against sides currently outside the top 30 in the world like Hungary (37), Southgate’s charges have won 10 of their last 11 unbeaten outings, with the exception coming in the heated derby against Scotland this summer.
Marco Rossi’s team have started strongly in this group and were minutes away from matching England’s perfect start before a Robert Lewandowski equaliser earned Poland a 3-3 draw, while three goal victories over Andorra and San Marino have the Hungarians as the group's top scorers so far.
Their resilience has been there for everyone to see, and we expect them to make life very tough for their visitors.
They’ve kept three clean sheets in their last four home games and we don’t expect many to fly past Gulacsi at the Puskas Arena on Wednesday night. With time away from the international scene for both, the start of a new challenge since the Euros may bring with it a lack of sharpness and harmony, so the low scorer is very plausible in what looks a tough test for both parties.
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