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Finland vs Hungary Prediction

September 7, 2018

Looking at Finland vs Hungary Prediction, Finland play host to Hungary at the Ratinan Stadion.


They have an experienced manager in Markku Kanerva, who has traveled across the national coaching world for fourteen years and is very popular among players and fans. Indeed, with only one defeat in their last ten international matches in all competitions, it looks like Kanerva has really managed to make improvements in the Finnish squad.


A resounding victory against lower teams such as Estonia and Malta, has indicated that Finland are now ready to move to a higher level in European football, although a goalless draw at home against Macedonia shows that there are still jobs must be done by Kanerva.


On the other hand, Hungary have good memories of recent European tournaments, namely when they qualified for the Euro for the first time in 44 years in 2016. They performed well in the group stages with an unbeaten run against Austria, Iceland and most impressive, did not lose against Portugal who eventually won. Although it was finally destroyed 4-0 by Belgium in the second round, but they were good enough to qualify for the next stage. Now, they will try to repeat it now.

 

Although they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup yesterday in Russia, they managed to finish in third place behind Portugal and Switzerland.

 

Hungary now has a new coach in Marco Rossi and he will fight to improve on the terrible performance of The Magyar, having already lost three of their last four international matches.

 

They will depend on star striker Adam Szalai, who is in excellent form earlier this season with the German Bundesliga team Hoffenheim. Szalai has scored three goals in two matches, including one against Bayern Munich. Therefore, he is expected to be able to replicate his current appearance at the club later on.

 

However, it seems that in this match there will not be many goals created, given the head to head record between the two teams, as well as Finland's tight defense has also grown in recent years.

 

Hungary has an advantage in the history of the last clash between the two sides. Seeing that, there is a possibility that they will get better results than defeat against Finland later.

 

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki and former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulasci are the most prominent players in the Finnish squad, who are very confident and well organized under Markku Kanerva.

 

In the Hungarian camp, Endre Botka had to withdraw from the squad due to injury, and Litausk Rosberg was called to be his replacement. Adam Szalai became a mainstay in the Hungarian attack, and he will try to continue his impressive performance with Hoffenheim in this match.

 

Finland vs Hungary head to head
13/06/15 ECQ Finland 0 - 1 Hungary 
15/11/14 ECQ Hungary 1 - 0 Finland 
06/06/14 FRI Hungary 1 - 2 Finland 
12/10/11 ECQ Hungary 0 - 0 Finland 
12/10/10 ECQ Finland 1 - 2 Hungary 
25/04/01 FRI Hungary 0 - 0 Finland

 

Finland's last 5 matches
11/01/18 NOF Jordan 1 - 2 Finland 
23/03/18 FRI Finland 0 - 0 FYR Macedonia 
26/03/18 FRI Finland 5 - 0 Malta 
06/06/18 FRI Romania 2 - 0 Finland 
09/06/18 FRI Finland 2 - 0 Belarus

 

Hungary's last 5 matches
11/15/17 FRI Hungary 1 - 0 Costa Rica 
24/03/18 FRI Hungary 2 - 3 Kazakhstan 
28/03/18 FRI Hungary 0 - 1 Scotland 
07/06/18 FRI Belarus 1 - 1 Hungary 
09 / 06/18 FRI Hungary 1 - 2 Australia

 

Possible line up

Finland: P. Gulasci, J. Raitala, M. Halsti, J. Toivio J. Uronen, T. Sparv, R. Lod, G. Kamara R. Karjalainen T. Väyrynen, Teemu Pukki

Hungary: P. Gulácsi, J. Szabó, T. Kádár, P. Vinícius K. Vadócz, J. Varga, L. Kleinheisler, R. Sallai, Á. Szalai, R. Varga, G. Lovrencsics

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