MOL Vidi vs Mezőkövesd Preview

Vidi host Mezőkövesd at Pancho Arena tonight, making up their postponed match from round three.  The originally scheduled match was in the middle of Vidi’s impressive qualification run to reach the Europa League group stage.  Mezőkövesd make the long trek west to Felcsút in good form, but come with the knowledge that they’ve never defeated Vidi away from home.  Marko Nikolic’s side are preparing for a battle ahead of quite possibly their biggest test ever against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next week.


MOL Vidi

Coming off a tough home defeat to BATE Borisov last week in the Europa League, and the surprise decision of veteran forward Danko Lazovic to retire from the game, Vidi are in a bit of a spin as they face a confident Mezőkövesd side.  With the fixture congestion already building they’ll have to rotate their squad at some point with a match against Diósgyőr on Sunday ahead of their Europa League group stage match in London against Chelsea next Thursday. 

Vidi were anything but dominant against third tier side Cigánd in the Magyar Kupa on Sunday with most of their starting XI in the side.  They played the final 24 minutes with an extra man and were still unable to add to the scoreline.  Roland Juhasz, Stopira, and István Kovács were all given a rest and probably will return to the side at Pancho Aréna tonight barring any training injuries. Starting goalkeeper Ádám Kovácsik remains out of contention with a serious head and facial injuries suffered against Puskás in round eight. 

Based on his performance against BATE, new Vidi forward Georgi Milanov looks like he could be an improvement on Lazovic.  Milanov was brought in from CSKA Moscow to add depth to their attack, but will now have to quickly adapt as their target man up front.


Mezőkövesd

Attila Kuttor’s side defeated fourth-tier Fovarosi Vizmuvek 5-0 in the cup last weekend with Denes Szakály scoring a brace.  Despite a goalless scoreline at the break, Mezőkövesd’s quality emerged in the second half and Kuttor was able to bring on newly-signed, German youngster Dominik Wieland for his debut.  Wieland was acquired from Ferencváros last Friday.

Winger Tamas Cseri has emerged as a beast for Mezo this season – seemingly covering every square inch of ground during recent games, and Daniel Vadnai has provided some amazing quality at left back defensively while supporting the attack as well.  Stefan Drazic leads their attack with 3 goals and an assist in seven games thus far.  Starting goalkeeper Dávid Dombó was injured in their last league game and didn’t play in their cup match last weekend.

This will be a much tougher game for Vidi than one might expect and it’s likely the visitors can get something from this game.  Tomas Tujvel will likely be starting in goal against his former club, and he isn’t quite up to the standard of regular starter Kovácsik.  Mezőkövesd’s current form should give them confidence to score a goal or two.


Prediction: 2-2 draw