Best Odds: 14/5
The UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers are set to come to an end as we look ahead to the playoffs next March. Prior to all of that, however, we’ve still got to determine all of the nations who will be qualifying for next year’s tournament courtesy of the top two automatic spots. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at Wales vs Hungary in what will be a winner-takes-all showdown in Cardiff. If the two sides draw, it will swing the door wide open for Slovakia to finish second if they’re able to defeat Azerbaijan.
Many have questioned whether or not Ryan Giggs is the right man to lead this Welsh team into the future, but even if you were doubting him at first, there’s no denying the fact that he’s getting some great performances out of this squad now. With some legitimate world class stars within their ranks from the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United, they’ve got a great foundation with which to build on. Now, it’s all about piecing the team together around those star names.
Ramsey’s full fitness has been called into question with Allen expected to come into the starting XI elsewhere, as Ryan Hedges bids for an appearance.
Hungary are a quick, fun and rapidly growing team within the European game, as they attempt to qualify for their second straight European Championships. Their passionate fanbase alone is going to be enough to take them far if they’re able to make it to Euro 2020, and at this stage, the task is pretty simple: beat Wales again. They’ve already done so earlier on in the campaign and they even kept a clean sheet, so all they need to do is try and stick to that gameplan and it should be enough to guide them through.
Kalmar is out through injury with Holman likely to come in for what should be the only change from the game against Uruguay.
Factors to Consider
- In the reverse fixture back in June, Hungary beat Wales 1-0.
- Wales have won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six games.
- Hungary have won two and lost four of their last six games.
- Wales have scored seven goals and conceded four in their last six games.
- Hungary have scored five goals and conceded nine in their last six games.
The pressure is going to be high for both teams and while we’re expecting them to both get on the scoresheet, we can’t see either doing enough to get the job done. That’ll ensure that Slovakia, unless they mess up in a big way, are able to slip through the back door and claim second place. It’s going to be a physical affair in Cardiff with a lot of free-flowing football, but we’re anticipating this to be a day in which both goalkeepers really show up and put in a top shift for their sides.
Best Odds: 14/5
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