Your guide to ZTE vs Ferencváros

In the midst of all the attention this week surrounding Ferencváros’ return to continental competition and the start of this season’s Magyar Kupa this weekend, there is a league match that mustn’t be forgotten. Zalaegerszeg’s home opener against Ferencváros was postponed in round 2 due to Fradi’s involvement in continental qualification, but they will shoehorn that match in between Europa League and Magyar Kupa matches on Sunday at ZTE Aréna in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd.

The stats:

Zalaegerszeg (LDWL) – 10th place, 4pts

This is just ZTE’s second home game of the season. The first was a 1-1 draw against Puskás Akadémia. They’ve been held goalless twice this season and they’ve kept one clean sheet (against Kaposvár).

Former Ferencváros prospect András Radó leads ZTE with two goals this season (both penalties), while Krisztián Tamás has two assists.

Only three field players have played every minute of their five matches thus far. Tamás, defender Zoran Lesjak, and midfielder Bence Bedi.

They’ve scored four first half goals and three in the second half while five in the first half and just one in the second half.

Ferencváros (WWLW) – 5th place, 9 pts.

This will be Fradi’s third game away from home this season. The first two were polar opposites they conceded four at Pancho Arena in defeat against Puskás and then pummeled Paks with four last week on the banks of the Danube. All three of their league victories have been clean sheets.

Roland Varga and Oleksandr Zubkov share the league team lead in scoring with 2 goals apiece, with the majority of those goals coming in their win in Paks last week.

Only one player has played every minute of each league match and that is right back Endre Botka who is sure to end that run this week as he is likely out with an injury suffered against Espanyol on Thursday.

Ferencváros have scored six goals in the first half and just one in the second half this season.

The predictions:

Chris: Barna Dobos’ side has been competitive in every game this season, conceding more than one goal only once in their 3-2 defeat at Debrecen.  They’ve seemed to lock down everyone else and still manage a formidable attack.  ZTE will be missing the services of captain Szilárd Devecseri and midfielder Gergo Kocsis, who has arguably been their best and most consistent player thus far. 

Ferencváros are coming off an amazing result in the Europa League.  Their 1-1 draw in Barcelona against Espanyol was unexpected and showed they won’t be looked over in their group. Turning their attentions back to the league they will be playing at a sold out ZTE Aréna with a rotated side as they have a cup match midweek.  This should be a test of their depth.

Prediction: ZTE 1-2 Ferencváros

Paul: This should be a full house of near 9,000 spectators.   I sure hope so as the home squad could use the extra energy of the “12th man.”   Zoltán Stieber made his NBI debut last week but was not very impressive in my eyes.   Perhaps this is the match where he will get things right? I won’t be surprised with any result here but just don’t have the faith to see a home win.

MOL Fehérvár showed us last season how difficult it is to compete on two fronts in Europe and the NBI.  Ferencváros have a deeper squad and hopefully their blunder against Puskás will prove to be the exception and not the rule.   We have no idea what type of starting 11 Rebrov will list, so your guess is as good as mine. These matches were made for Roland Varga who will score two goals in a hotly contested match.

Prediction: Zalaegerszeg 1-2 Ferencváros