NBI Round 15 review: Fradi fall, Vidi roll

Ferencváros suffered their second home defeat of the season dropping into third place in NBI, five points adrift from league leaders Vasas, while Videoton demolished Gyirmót at home to regain second place and draw to within three of the summit.

Eagles shot down
Fradi’s 2-1 defeat to Paks on Saturday gives them four losses already this season. In comparison to last season, they were still undefeated at this point of the campaign and didn’t record their first defeat until round 16. They didn’t experience defeat in front of their home support until December and only lost five games all season. They started quickly out of the blocks and left the peloton behind early, winning the league by 21 points leaving no doubt of their dominance in Hungarian football.
Five points adrift at this point of the season can only be seen as disappointing considering the embarrassment of riches Thomas Doll has at his disposal. The loss to Paksi FC on Saturday could be considered a shock, but the writing has been on the wall all season as their back line have been leaking goals like crazy. A week ago the champions’ defense allowed lowly DVTK back into the game, conceding goals on either side of the break. Fradi got a second half winner and managed to hold off Diósgyor, but this week their luck ran out against Paks and a late goal offered no consolation against a team they hadn’t lost at home to in 6 years. For Aurél Csertoi’s side it gives them a three-point cushion from the relegation zone.

Vidi climbing
There may not have been much doubt as to who was going to win this one, but Videoton’s 4-0 thrashing of Gyirmót FC Győr signaled that they’re back in this title race despite a disappointing start to the season. A resurgent Róbert Feczesin roared back to life in attack as he fired home his second brace of the season to take his league leading total to 8. They were his first goals since early September, and he assisted on both of Marko Scepovic’s goals as well to reclaim his role as Henning Berg’s go-to player. It was Videoton’s first clean sheet in 7 matches. I’m sure it helped that Győr had only scored one away goal in their last four.

Lanzafame on a roll
Italian roll anyone? Davide Lanzafame scored his seventh goal of the season to lead Honvéd to a 2-0 victory over a resilient Diósgyor. Remarkably, it was the seventh consecutive match the Italian has found the back of the net making him just the 7th player to manufacture that kind of production in the club’s history within the top flight (thanks for @emgergo for that bit of history). It was the first time Honvéd have won consecutive home games this season and it kept them on pace with the pack in the title race. Critics of Marco Rossi will ask why Márton Eppel wasn’t inserted into the game earlier, as the game seemed to be headed for disappointment for the home support until his arrival in the later stages.

Déjà vu for Vignjevic, Lilak
It would be ridiculous if it wasn’t true, but Újpest have not only drawn their last five matches, but they’ve taken a lead into the last 30 minutes and have conceded the equalizer in each during that stage of the game. Saturday’s game against Vasas was no different as Enis Bardhi came off the bench to put the hosts ahead on the hour. Lightning struck for a sixth time, however, as Zsolt Korcsmár slotted home for the league leaders 14 minutes from time to give them a share of the spoils. For Vasas it extended their unbeaten run to five matches, but for Nebojša Vignjevic’s squad it’s back to the drawing board as they drift 11 points off the pace.

Showdown in Debrecen ends in bore draw
Looking for consecutive wins for the first time since, well … the last time they played Mezőkövesd this season, Debreceni VSC took the game to their guests but were unable to make the breakthrough and had to settle for a goalless draw at Nagyerdei Stadion. Leonel Pontes’ men controlled the game throughout in terms of possession and chances, but couldn’t grab a winner. For newly-promoted Mezőkövesd this extends their unbeaten run to four increasing their cushion from the drop zone to seven points. It also makes four consecutive clean sheets for Attila Pintér’s boys.

Torghelle heads his way to a point
If you missed the first fifteen minutes of Haladás vs. MTK Budapest you missed the best part. Bálint Gaál scored in his second consecutive game to give the hosts the lead on 11 minutes, but MTK responded just three minutes later as Sándor Torghelle headed home his third in four matches. It was MTK’s first point away from home since a goalless draw against Újpest in late August.

With the international break coming up here’s who’s hot and who’s not:
Mezőkövesd – unbeaten in four, 10 points, and four clean sheets in a row
Vasas – just two defeats in last 11, unbeaten in last 5
Videoton – one loss in last nine, unbeaten in last 3, 10 goals in last three matches

Diósgyor VTK – 6 points in last 13 rounds (39 possible)
Gyirmót – 4 consecutive defeats

Davide Lanzafame (Budapest Honvéd) – 7 goals and 1 assist in last seven matches
Marco Scepovic (Videoton) – 4 goals and 2 assists in last four matches
Mahir Saglik (Vasas) – 4 goals in last four matches

Daniel Böde (Ferencváros) – one goal in last six matches
Dorde Kamber (Honvéd) – one goal all season

Honorable mention: Újpest’s Enis Bardhi scored 6 goals in 29 appearances last season. So far this season he’s already reached six goals after just 14 appearances.

Other interesting facts:

  • There have been no hat-tricks this season (only one was accomplished during last season).
  • 23 penalties have been awarded in the league this season – 8 have been awarded to Honvéd, 5 have been awarded against Ferencváros.
  • Only 3 penalties have been missed (each were saved by the opposing goalkeeper)
  • Honvéd’s Márton Eppel and Davide Lanzafame are level in most penalties converted (4 each)
  • Haladás have allowed the most own-goals (2)
  • Honvéd, Gyirmót, and MTK lead the league with 6 clean sheets apiece.