Hungary vs Holland – Preview

 

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Hungary vs Holland

World Cup 2014 Qualifying

Kick off: 20:30 (CET)

Puskas Ferenc Stadion – Budapest

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Hungary face Holland tonight in Budapest ahead of yet another mouth-watering clash.

As soon as the balls came out and the two sides were drawn together for the 2nd successive qualifying campaign, the Magyar fans and players have been itching to get this one started. After an incredibly close battle in Amsterdam last year, Hungary will go into tonight’s clash with a lot of optimism, against are side which many see, as being in disarray.

Holland started their campaign off on Friday with a 2-0 victory against Turkey, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The Dutch defence looked shaky throughout, and if it wasn’t for some incredible last gasp defending and poor Turk finishing, it could easily have been a different result.

There are rumours of a rift within the camp, and Arjen Robben’s sulky display on Friday only added more fuel to the fire. Louis Van Gaal has inherited the side from their poor Euro 2012 performance, and Holland are still trying to adapt to the new manager’s philosophy.

Hungary meanwhile, are at the best they’ve been this century and have confidence brimming to their eye balls. The captain, Zoltan Gera is back for the first time in over a year. Balazs Dzsudzsak has refound his form at club level, and at international level. Tamas Priskin and Krisztian Nemeth are both scoring goals for their clubs sides. While Tamas Hajnal and Vladimir Koman have also found some form.

But as like every Hungarian side, they do look suspect at the back, and with Zsolt Laczko not featuring at all for Sampdoria this season, he’ll have a stiff task awaitening him with Robben likely to start on the right for the Dutch.

The omission of Gergely Rudolf is also a big blow for Hungary tonight. In Amsterdam last year he had an incredible game, holding it up nicely and going on some incredible ox-like runs, bustling his way through the defence. That’s where Adam Szalai has to do better tonight. He needs to give the rest of his team some breathing space by holding the ball up and bringing the players into play. With Hungary likely to be on the defensive for most of the game, the way Szalai holds the ball will be crucial to their chances.

Sandor Egervari likes to surprise in his team selection, but I think a 4-5-1/4-2-3-1 is likely tonight. Last time the two sides met in a back-to-back clash, Egervari played a 4-5-1 at home, and 4-4-2 away. The 4-4-2 worked much better, but it was in a game where Hungary had nothing to lose after being thumped 4-0 at home.

Adam Bogdan will start in goal behind a back four of Friday’s man of the match, Vilmos Vanczak, Zsolt Korcsmar, Roland Juhasz and Zsolt Laczko.

The midfield will consist of two sitting players, and three more likely to push on. Sitting will be Jozsef Varga and Akos Elek. Elek will make his first start for Hungary since last year after a torrid time in Turkey left him out of international reckoning. Zaragoza’s Adam Pinter misses out because of injury but Jozsef Varga is back to take up the mantle.

In front of the two sitters will be Gera, Hajnal and Dzsudzsak. Dzsudzsak and Gera both had an incredible game in Amsterdam, and they’d love to put on another massive performance in Hungary’s biggest international in years.

A prediction for this one is hard to make. Hungary have the confidence, but do they have the self belief? A nervy start can be expected from the Magyars, and the Dutch could easily capitalise on that with the force they have up front. Meanwhile Holland themselves are supposed to be in dissaray, and after a shaky start to the group against Turkey, Hungary’s strong attacking threat could pose problems for a suspect Oranje defence – Prediction: Hungary 2-2 Holland

Predicted Lineups:

Hungary: Bogdán – Vanczák, Korcsmár, Juhász, Laczkó – Varga, Elek – Gera, Hajnal, Dzsudzsák – Szalai.

Holland: Stekelenburg – Van Rhijn, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Willems – Clasie – Strootman, Sneijder – Narsingh, Van Persie, Robben.

Referee: Pedro Proenca (Portugal)

Key Duel:

Zsolt Laczko vs Arjen Robben – Arjen Robben can be an incredibly frustrating player at times, but against a poor defender, he can make him look like a vulnerable schoolboy. Zsolt Laczko will fit into the category of poor defender, and seeing as the Sampdoria defender is lacking in match-fitness, it’s a worrying sign for Hungarian fans. Balazs Dzsudzsak will have to help out a lot defensively, but if Robben gets one-on-one, you can only see one outcome.

Quotes from the Bosses

Sandor Egervari (Hungary): “We are in a much better place than when we last faced them. We are not the favourites, but we are no longer underdogs to gain a point.”

Louis Van Gaal (Holland): “In my opinion, Hungary are stronger than Turkey and I believe it’ll be much harder to break through their defence. I wouldn’t be too disappointed with a draw.”

Twittersphere Predictions:

@DJGabyG: Hungary 2-2 Holland

@magyarorfraz: Hungary 1-1 Holland

@Brusma: Hungary 0-3 Holland

@Csanad_Kocsis: Hungary 2-1 Holland

@magyarlegiosok: Hungary 1-3 Holland

@PaulSeery: Hungary 2-1 Holland

@SJCornwall81: Hungary o-2 Holland

Head-To-Head

2011.03.29 Hollandia – Hungary 5 : 3 Euro 2012 Qualifying.
2011.03.25 Hungary – Hollandia 0 : 4 Euro 2012 Qualifying
2010.06.05 Hollandia – Hungary 6 : 1 Friendly
1994.06.01 Hollandia – Hungary 7 : 1 Friendly
1987.04.29 Hollandia – Hungary 2 : 0 Euro 1988 Qualifying
1986.10.15 Hungary – Hollandia 0 : 1 Euro 1998 Qualifying
1985.05.14 Hungary – Hollandia 0 : 1 WC 1986 Qualifying
1984.10.17 Hollandia – Hungary 1 : 2 WC 1986 Qualifying
1967.05.10 Hungary- Hollandia 2 : 1 Euro 1968 Qualifying
1966.09.07 Hollandia – Hungary 2 : 2 Euro 1968 Qualifying
1961.10.22 Hungary – Hollandia 3 : 3 WC 1962 Qualifying
1961.04.30 Hollandia – Hungary 0 : 3 WC 1962 Qualifying
1939.02.26 Hollandia – Hungary 3 : 2 Friendly
1936.12.09 Hollandia – Hungary 0 : 1 Unofficial
1933.06.25 Hollandia – Hungary 6 : 5 Unofficial
1933.03.05 Hollandia – Hungary 1 : 2 Friendly
1930.06.08 Hungary- Hollandia 6 : 2 Friendly