Hungary travel to Andorra tonight for the first time in their history on the opening day of World Cup qualification.
After a poor second half performance against Israel last month, Hungary will be looking to bounce back with a comfortable win against what most see as Group D’s whipping boys.
In a group also containing; Holland, Turkey, Romania and Estonia, Sandor Egervari will know that goals could be the difference come next October and a big win tonight could well set them on their way.
The Magyars will be without several key players for tonight’s clash with Adam Pinter, Gergely Rudolf, Imre Szabics, Jozsef Varga and Norbert Meszaros all set to miss out.
Thankfully, the return of the captain, Zoltan Gera will boost Hungary’s chances with Holland waiting in the wings on Tuesday night.
Hungary are set to start with a 4-3-3 with Adam Bogdan continuing in goal. The young Bolton keeper has secured his spot as number one for Hungary, and he’s likely to be first choice for many years to come.
Vilmos Vanczak will fill in at right back. Roland Juhasz and Zoltan Liptak will start in the centre, with Sampdoria’s out of favour, Zsolt Laczko set to remain at left back.
In midfield we’ll see a midfield trio of Vladimir Koman, Tamas Hajnal and Zsolt Korcsmar who deputise as a holding player for the injured Varga and Pinter.
The front three will be, Zoltan Gera on the right, the inform Balazs Dzsudzsak on the left and Adam Szalai through the middle.
Hungary are obviously massive favourites for the clash, and anything less than a 3-0 win will be seen as a disappointment for the Magyar fans and Head-Coach, Sandor Egervari.
Egervari has targeted at least 4 points from the next two games, and with Holland coming up on Tuesday, he’s really targeting a big performance from his boys tonight to kick start their qualification campaign.
Andorra as ever will sit deep, and will be difficult to break down with 10 men behind the ball. But if Hungary can get that first goal early on, the floodgates could open – just like the 8-0 battering against San Marino in 2010.
Prediction: Andorra 0-3 Hungary