Hungary vs Czechia Match Analysis & Prediction
10/09/2023 7:00 pm
Hungary and Czech Republic will take a break from Euro 2024 qualifying action on Sunday by meeting in a friendly in Budapest.
While the visitors endured a frustrating night against Albania on Thursday, Hungary continued their resurgence with an impressive victory in Serbia.
Ahead of their showdown in Belgrade, there was the perception that Hungary were the underdogs, despite having only lost to Italy on two occasions across a 13-game period.
Marco Rossi had also witnessed his side be held to a goalless draw in Montenegro as recently as June, but Hungary stepped up to deliver a likely-crucial victory in their efforts to reach Euro 2024.
Despite going behind through an early own goal, Hungary were leading by half time courtesy of goals from Barnabas Varga and Willi Orban.
Having been able to withstand Serbia during the second half, Rossi’s side now find themselves at the top of Group G and with a five-point lead over third place.
With just four matches left, the Magyars are in an extremely strong position ahead of the reverse fixture against Serbia on October 14.
On the same night that Hungary were adding another impressive win to their collection, Czechia were enduring a surprise 1-1 draw with Albania.
Although Czechia are not the force that they once were, there was every expectation that they would dent the growing belief of Albania in Group E.
Instead, a 66th-minute equaliser from Nedim Bajrami kept Albania within one point of their hosts and leaders, the top four teams separated by just three points at the halfway stage.
While Jaroslav Silhavy’s side are on a five-game unbeaten run, qualification for next year’s Finals is far from assured with trips to Poland and Albania still to come.
Hungary vs. Czechia Head to head
In the three previous meetings between these two teams, they have claimed a victory apiece while drawing once.
Hungary Team News
Rossi will almost certainly take the chance to ring the changes to his Hungary XI, with Attila Mocsi and Gabor Szalai both pushing for debuts in central defence.
Zsolt Kalmar may be brought into midfield, potentially at the expense of Adam Nagy, while Dominik Szoboszlai could drop down to the substitutes’ bench to allow Krisztofer Horvath to earn his first cap.
Hungary's Last 5 Matches
Czechia Team News
Silhavy could rest a number of his experienced Czechia stars with Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek among those who could drop to the substitutes’ bench.
Although there are no uncapped members of the squad, David Zima, Michal Sadilek and Adam Hlozek are all players who may be in line to come into the team.
Czechia's Last 5 Matches
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