Hungary vs. Russia 9/6/20 UEFA Nations League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hungary 1-0-0, Russia 1-0-0
9/6/20 12 pm
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Hungary is hosting Russia at Ferenc Puskas in round 2 in the UEFA Nations League.
Hungary didn’t qualify for the Euro Cup through their qualification group, but they still have a shot at getting there through the Qualification playoffs where they will face Bulgaria. In their latest match against Turkey on the road just a few days ago, Hungary was solid with 41% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 81% of the correct passes. Hungary was solid throughout the entire game, and their good defending paid off in the 80th minute when they scored a winning goal. Dominik Szoboszlai is the only goalscorer for Hungary in the Nations League so far. Hungary can play good soccer, but they need to be more consistent on both ends if they want to take down Bulgaria who are playing better and better with every game. With the Italian coach Marko Rossi on the bench since 2018, the improvement in Hungary’s game is visible, but they lack consistency, which is partially due to the lack of depth and quality in this team. There are plenty of good, young players in this Hungarian team, but it will be another year or two before they are ready to step up.
Russia has been playing really well, and they have only 1 loss in their last 10 games. Thanks to their good form during the Euro Cup qualifications, Russia has ended the group stage in second place with 24 points, 33 scored goals, and 8 conceded goals, and with that, Russia has qualified for the Euro Cup next year. In their latest game against Serbia at home a few days ago, Russia has had only 38% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 75% of the correct passes. Russia has won this match 3-1 despite being the weaker team. Artem Dzyuba has scored 2 goals for Russia, while Karavaev added 1 goal. Zobnin has 1 assist. Russia is in 38th place in FIFA standings, but they might move up a few spots after this cycle is over. I like Russia, and I think they are moving in the right direction, especially when everyone wrote them off after the World Cup two years ago where they reached the quarterfinals. I’m sure that competition was emotionally draining for Russia, but they stayed composed after, they played great in the Euro Cup qualifications, and they continue playing well on both ends. Russia is playing in, for them, good group in the Euro Cup with Denmark, Finland, and Belgium, a group where Russia will have a lot to say.
Hungary has never beaten Russia before, but both teams are coming into this game with positive results from their previous games. I think Russia is the better team in this match, but as we saw from Hungary’s game against Turkey, Hungary can be dangerous in the attacking end, and compact on the defensive end. I think I will pick something on goals here.