9/3/20 2:45 pm
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Turkey is hosting Hungary in round 1 in the UEFA Nations League.
Turkey was in good form before the pandemic hit, and they have lost only 1 of their last 13 games. Turkey is a solid team, and they are in the 29th place in the FIFA standings. In the Euro Cup qualifications, Turkey has ended their group in second place with 23 points, 2 points behind France. With only 3 conceded goals, Turkey was the best defensive team in the group, while with 18 scored goals, Turkey was the second-best offensive team. There is a lot of talented players in Turkey’s roster, and Unal, Calhanoglu, and Under are just some of those players. In their last match against Andorra on the road, Turkey has had massive 82% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 5 big chances created, and a solid 88% of the correct passes. Turkey has won this match 0-2 with 2 quick goals in the first half. Gunes has been Turkish head coach since March of 2019, and during his time on the bench, Gunes has 8 wins, 2 draws, and only 1 loss. I think that Turkey is a good team, but they tend to struggle in the attacking end, and if they want to make some kind of impact in the Nations League and the Euro Cup next year, Turkey must become more dangerous in the attacking end.
Hungary has had some good results during the Euro Cup qualifications, but unfortunately for them, Hungary has not qualified for said Euro Cup. Hungary was in a group with Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, and Azerbaijan, and they ended in 4th place in the standings with 12 points, 2 points away from the Euro Cup. Hungary has some solid players, but they are far from their glory days, and it will be some time before Hungary becomes a more competitive team, but if they continue investing in their youth academies and giving chances to younger players, the Hungarian future is bright. In their last and crucial match in the qualifications against Wales on the road, Hungary has had 59% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, and 80% of the correct passes, but they have lost this match 2-0. Marco Rossi is Hungary’s head coach, but I suspect he will not be in this position for much longer as he has 7 wins, 1 draw, and 8 losses during his time on the bench. Hungary is in the 52nd place in the FIFA standings, and that is where they belong at the moment. Hungary is the weakest team in their group in the Nations League, but they certainly can complicate the situation with their teamwork.
Turkey has never lost to Hungary at home, and I don’t think they will start now. Turkey is the better team in this matchup, and they have the advantage of playing at home. I see Turkey getting another nice win here.