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Three Hungarian teams are in action tonight who are looking to progress to the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Tomasz Mortimer previews the ties.

KTE vs Aktobe

KTE play their first ever European game tonight at home to Kazakhstani outfit, FC Aktobe. Travelling 2,000 miles for a European game does seem like a ridiculous ask for any side, and it is sure to have an effect on the side from Asia.

The high scorers from Kecskemet will be looking to get a few goals under their belt to take to Kazakhstan to give them a cushion ahead of the monster trip next week. With Hungarian international Attila Tököli set to miss out through injury, it looks like Foxi and Listingi will take on the reigns up front. Foxi was in superb form last season, and scored the hat-trick in the final of the Magyar Kupa which got them into the Europa League.

However, this is KTE’s first ever game in a European competition whereas Aktobe have played in Europe before, so their experience could be the difference tonight. Aktobe are built around their defensive play, but this has lead to their attacking threat being nullified and consequently a lot of 1-0 losses. You can read a full profile of Aktobe here.

Prediction: KTE 2-0 Aktobe

Paks vs Tromso

Paks will have to deal with Norweigan opposition tonight in the shape of Tromso, who currently sit in second place in the Tippeligaen. This will be Paks’ first real test in Europe after their first tie was against lowly Santa Coloma from Andorra who Paks wiped the floor with – 5-0 on aggregate. Tromso on the other hand beat FC Daugava of Latvia 7-1.

Paks had a very good season last time out, achieving their highest ever finish in Hungary’s top division,  securing the runners-up spot ahead of teams like Ferencváros and Újpest. Paks are a very high scoring team, who can get goals from anywhere. Their main danger man is Daniel Bode who had an excellent season last year, scoring 15 goals in 19 starts, and if he’s on form tonight, Paks could get a vital win.

Tromso however will be well disciplined and look to play on the counter. TIL don’t often concede many goals, and tonight will be very interesting to see how they deal with Paks’ pace and movement.  You can read a full profile of Tromso here.  

Prediction: Paks 1-1 Tromso

Ferencváros vs Aalesunds

Hungarian football giants Ferencváros are back in Europe this season after 6 years away, and will be looking  to build on their first round win over Ulisses of Armenia, by beating Aalesunds of Norway in the second qualifying round.

Ferencváros finished 3rd last term, and with so much flair and attacking promise in their side, they’ll definitely be a team to watch this season. Again they are a high scoring side, but leave a lot to be desired at the back, and they’ll need to watch that tonight, especially with the away goal rule in play. Mark Otten at the back is a great addition for Fradi, and he will definitely sure things up for them, whilst also being a major threat at set pieces.

Aalesunds got to the second round by beating Neath of Wales and will like to play with a lot of width, and get forward in numbers. If Ferencváros allow AaFK a lot of space, they might be going back to Norway with a lot to do. You can read a full profile of Aalesunds here.  

Prediction: Ferencváros 1-1 Aalesunds


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