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Prediction: Hungary vs Ireland

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 7 Jun 2021

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Verdict: Hungary draw no bet

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

Putting together their final preparations heading into this summer’s European Championships, Hungary will welcome Ireland to the Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Budapest on Tuesday night.

Hungary

Starting with the hosts, keeping the mood in their camp at a real high as they made their first friendly appearance last week, there is no doubt that Hungary find themselves enjoying quite the purple patch. Managing to secure their spot at this summer’s European Championships as they landed a 2-1 victory against Iceland in a one-off showdown last year, The Reds have a real party atmosphere in their camp. While Marco Rossi’s side might know that they need a miracle to get themselves out of Group F this summer, a group they share with Portugal, Germany and France, that will not bother a high-flying Magyarok. Last seen picking up a deserved 1-0 victory against Cyprus on home soil last week, Hungary are enjoying what has been a remarkable 10-match unbeaten run across all formats. Also shocking many across Europe earlier in the year, Tuesday’s hosts opened their World Cup qualifying campaign by mustering seven points from their first three attempts, a run highlighted by an action-packed 3-3 draw against Poland.

Team News

Adam Szalai was not involved in the friendly win over Cyprus last Friday, but is in contention to start alongside Bristol City midfielder Adam Nagy, Willi Orban and Loic Nego.

Ireland

As for the visitors, while Hungary might find themselves enjoying an extended purple patch, the same cannot be said for a downbeat Ireland. Although The Greens might have eventually managed to land themselves a much-needed victory last time out, it was far from another polished display from Stephen Kenny’s men. Having to shockingly come from 1-0 down away at whipping boys Andorra last week and avoiding what would have been another infamous banana skin, Ireland’s 4-1 win could only just be a minor boost. With many still openly unsure if the former Dundalk boss is the man to take them forward, their victory last week was remarkably the first win they have picked up in any of their last 12 matchups across all formats, a run that stems back to November 2019. Also opening up their World Cup qualifying campaign with back-to-back defeats against Serbia and a stunning 1-0 loss against Luxembourg on home soil, Ireland might face another stern test on Tuesday night.

Team News

Seamus Coleman will return home ahead of the trip to face Hungary after failing to recover from a hamstring injury.

Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott should once again lead Ireland’s charge on Tuesday.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Including a 1-0 win against Cyprus in a friendly contest last week, Hungary are unbeaten in each of their last 10 straight matchups across all formats.
    • Likewise, Tuesday’s hosts are also unbeaten in their last five contests on home soil, a run that has seen them grab victories against Turkey and Iceland.
    • Ireland’s turnaround 4-1 win against Andorra last week was their first victory in any of their last 12 straight attempts.
    • Likewise, The Greens have also mustered just a single clean sheet in any of their last eight appearances.
    • Ireland have won just a single matchup on foreign soil since March 2019.

    Conclusion

    While Ireland might have eventually grabbed themselves a 4-1 victory away at Andorra last week, it does not cover what has been a dreadful run of form under Stephen Kenny. Recording just a single victory in any of their last 12 straight contests, a high-flying Hungary should be smelling another golden chance on home soil. Enjoying what has been nothing short of a stunning run of form since booking their spot at this summer’s European Championships, Tuesday’s hosts find themselves enjoying a remarkable 10-match unbeaten run across all formats. Also, opening up their World Cup qualifiers with a real flurry and gaining a reputation for their continued success at home, we’re backing what could be another tough test for a struggling Ireland in midweek.

    Verdict: Hungary draw no bet

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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