SZUSCA FERENC STADION
JUNE 4th 2012
KICK OFF: 19-30 (UK TIME)
Hungary face an in-form Ireland tonight in Budapest in what will be the Irish’s last preparation game before they kick off their campaign against Croatia next Sunday.
After Hungary’s fantastic 2-1 victory over Czech Republic in Prague on Friday, Egervari is likely to try out something different with 4-4-1-1 looking like the preferred formation for tonight’s clash.
Centre back, Roland Juhasz and left back, Zsolt Laczko are definitely out while Vladimir Koman looks like he will be fit. Meszaros will most likely replace Juhasz, Halmosi will cover for Laczko and Koman will displace Tamas Koltai who had a poor game on Friday night. Adam Gyurcso, after that superb goal on Friday night, is set to start ahead of Tamas Koltai.
Hungary looked very strong defensively against the Czech’s on Friday, and allowed very few chances on their goal. That was in no small part down to the two defensive midfielders, Jozsef Varga and Adam Pinter who protected the defence admirably. However, Hungary will struggle without the leading presence of Roland Juhasz at the back who has been Hungary’s most consistent player down the years.
The Magyars will look to Dzsudzsak again tonight to create the spark. He had a fantastic game on Friday night scoring a superb quick free kick and setting up the winner on a platter for Adam Gyurcso. Hungary need the Dinamo Moscow man to be in form tonight to have any chance.
The return of Vladimir Koman should also boost Hungary through the middle. The Magyars lacked any real spark last Friday, with only Dzsudzsak causing any problems. Vladimir Koman will definitely provide some creativity while also giving composure to an inexperienced side who gave the ball away way too often in Prague. The introduction of Adam Gyurcso should also bring some pace on the right, and hopefully he can build on his debut performance against the Czech’s.
You can also catch a quick tactical preview of the Hungarians here on goal.com
Unbeaten in thirteen, Ireland go into tonight’s game full of confidence and ready to fight for the right start in Poznan next Sunday.
The Irish seem to have quite a settled side, and Trapattoni see’s the game as vital preparation for the stiff task of facing Croatia at the start of Euro 2012. This will mean that the side playing tonight, could indeed be the one facing the Croats in Poland on June 10th.
Their whole side is full of Premier League players (with the exception of Spartak Moscow winger, Aiden McGeady and LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane), and this will frighten Egervari who’s inexperienced midfield could be bossed by the quality andwork-rate that Ireland possess.
Looking at the lineup, it’s quite clear Ireland will look to get the ball out wide as soon as possible to create openings or the inverted wingers of Damien Duff and Aiden McGeady. Doyle and Keane will provide a nuisance up front, two players who never give up.
The central midfield, even though it lacks creativity, still has a lot of bite and they’ll exert a lot of pressure on the Hungarians once they get hold of the ball.
Defensively, Ireland look quite suspect. In their last friendly against Bosnia, they were opened up fairly frequently, and if it weren’t for poor finishing and great goalkeeping, Ireland could have easily drawn in Dublin.
Hungary will have to be aware of the threat from the two wingers, and with both of Hungary’s full backs being rather frail defensively, Ireland could be in for a field day, and it could be great preparation for Euro 2012.
Hungary XI: Bogdán – Varga, Mészáros, Korcsmár, Halmosi – Gyurcsó, Pintér, Szakály, Dzsudzsák – Koman – Szalai
Ireland XI: Given - Ward, Dunne, St Ledger, O'Shea - Duff, Whelan, Andrews, McGeady - Doyle, Keane
11 1993.05.29 Ireland - Hungary 2 : 4 Friendly
10 1991.09.11 Hungary - Ireland 1 : 2 Friendly
9 1989.06.04 Ireland - Hungary 2 : 0 WC 1990 qualifying.
8 1989.03.08 Hungary - Ireland 0 : 0 WC 1990 qualifying.
7 1969.11.05 Hungary - Ireland 4 : 0 WC 1970 qualifying.
6 1969.06.08 Ireland - Hungary 1 : 2 WC 1970 qualifying.
5 1939.05.18 Hungary - Ireland 2 : 2 Friendly
4 1939.03.19 Ireland - Hungary 2 : 2 Friendly
3 1936.12.06 Ireland - Hungary 2 : 3 Friendly
2 1936.05.03 Hungary – Ireland 3 : 3 Friendly
1 1934.12.16 Ireland – Hungary 2 : 4 Friendly
Tomasz Mortimer (@HungariaFootbal): Hungary 0-2 Ireland
Gaby Kovacs (@DJGabyG): Hungary 2-1 Ireland
Paul Lorinczi (@indypaul) Hungary 1-1 Ireland