Hungary vs Luxembourg Preview

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Hungary travel to Luxembourg tomorrow for a friendly that will prepare them for the mighty San Marino on Tuesday night, and hopefully provide them with a bit of momentum for the rest of the qualifying campaign.

Egervari provided a few shocks in his squad selection including the call up of Tamas Koltai from Gyor. Koltai hasn’t exactly been in top form this year providing just 3 goals from midfield, and to call him up ahead of Daniel Tozser, Racing Genk’s captain, is quite ludicrous. Tozser has been in scintillating form this season and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Europe’s top clubs with Fiorentina having a reported interest in the centre midfielder. Egervari said that “Tozser doesn’t fit the system we play” but with Tamas Hajnal constantly getting a call-up, who also doesn’t fit the usual system, it just seems like a feeble excuse.

The Hungarian boss also said that there will be major changes to the starting XI in the game this Friday, so I suspect Bolton’s Adam Bogdan may make his international debut in goal.

With the defensive call ups being unaltered since the back-to-back games with Holland, I expect a similar backline to normal, with the exception of Juhasz being rested for Tuesday. That means Lazar will start at right back, Liptak and Vanczak at centre back with Laczko completing the back four at left back.

The midfield line-up will be interesting. Hungary usually deploy a five man midfield, but with Luxembourg being significantly weaker than the Magyars, Egervari may plump for a 4-4-2. However, Hungary have somewhat of a crisis up front, so a 4-4-1-1 may be the better option. Captain Zoltan Gera is injured so Vladimir Koman or Peter Czvitkovics will start on the right.

The centre of midfield will be hard to call. The Hungarian boss might play both Nb1 players in the middle to give them some experience in the international games so that means Jozsef Varga and Tamas Koltai could start.

Balazs Dzsudzsak may not feature but with no other recognised left midfielder in the squad, it could only be Czvitkovics who could fill in and he would not be 100% comfortable out on the left.

I expect Tamas Hajnal to play behind the front man, and that front man will probably be Sturm Graz’s Imre Szabics, who once scored a famous goal against Manchester United in the Champions League for Stuttgart.

It’s not going to be a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but it will give Egervari the chance to test a few players out who wouldn’t usually get the chance on the international stage. The omission of Mainz’s Zoltan Stieber does seem like a mystery when no other left midfielder is in the squad, especially when Egervari is planning some changes for this game, but it shouldn’t stop Hungary from winning and I expect them to beat a poor Luxembourg side 2-0.

Probable XI: Bogdan – Lazar, Vanczak, Liptak, Laczko – Koman, Koltai, Varga, Czvitkovics –Hajnal – Szabics

Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Király Gábor (1860 München), Bogdán Ádám (Bolton Wanderers), Csernyánszki Norbert (Paks)

Defenders: Lázár Pál (Videoton), Lipták Zoltán (Videoton), Juhász Roland (Anderlecht), Vanczák Vilmos (Sion), Laczkó Zsolt (Sampdoria), Pintér Ádám (Real Zaragoza)

Midfielders: Gera Zoltán (Fulham), Koman Vladimir (Sampdoria), Elek Ákos (Videoton), Varga József (DVSC-TEVA), Vadócz Krisztián (Osasuna), Dzsudzsák Balázs (PSV Eindhoven), Koltai Tamás (Győri ETO), Hajnal Tamás (VfB Stuttgart), Czvitkovics Péter (DVSC-TEVA)

Strikers: Tököli Attila (KTE-Ereco), Szabics Imre (Sturm Graz), Németh Krisztián (Olimpiakosz Volosz)

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