NB1 Round 25 Preview
Matches go on but without fans and rightly so. I hope all goes well for players, coaches and everyone health wise. Selfishly I’m happy the matches go on as many of us need our NBI fix. All matches available on TV. Check M4sport.hu which graciously shows ALL Hungarian first division matches every week. On a side note, impressive display by all Hungarian NBI sides for giving free admission to all woman for International Women’s Day! A classy move.
Paul: Ferencváros were fortunate to leave Zalaegerszeg with a draw. Fradi have shown that they are very beatable lately. In truth, all sides go through these periods. Their attack has been very quiet of late but a home match against Kaposvár should do the trick in reviving a sputtering offense. Just what the doctor ordered for Ferencváros.
Prediction: Ferencváros 4-0 Kaposvár
Paul: Paks and Újpest both find themselves in the relegation zone and in a very important battle. Paks has lost their last two matches while Újpest has lost their last two home matches but in an empty stadium, the statistics are not much of a help this week in any match. Újpest are in a precarious situation and will be without arguably their best player, Donát Zsótér. Neither side will be pleased with a draw here.
Prediction: Újpest 1-1 Paks
Paul: A big clash between two teams battling for the coveted third spot and a place in the Europa League. Currently, six points separate the two sides and a Mezőkövesd win would be huge. Puskás has not lost in their last five away matches and an empty Mezőkövesd stadium will be of no help to Mezőkövesd. With that said, once again a draw that aides the home side more than the away club.
Prediction: Mezőkövesd 2-2 Puskás Akadémia
Paul: Giuseppe Sannino is back roaming the sidelines after his clean bill of health. My favorite animated manager. Honvéd made it through to the quarterfinals of the Hungarian Cup which appears their best route to European football. Davide Lanzafame continues to “missing in action” and this has affected the whole team. Kisvárda sputtered and were outplayed in their match against Debrecen which continues this week in a similar style match.
Prediction: Honvéd 1-0 Kisvárda
Paul: Debrecen found some defense in their defeat of Kisvárda to break a three match losing streak. The empty stadium is of some concern as this young squad really feeds off the energy of their home crowd. Zalegerszeg was run over mid-week in their Hungarian Cup clash and now can focus on NBI survival. Against all I know and believe to be true, the “upset of the week.”
Prediction: Debrecen 1-2 Zalaegerszeg
Paul: Fehérvár looks like a new side with renewed life and vigor. The new winter additions have done well and the “Joan Carillo” effect is really showing off the last few weeks. Diósgyőr has won their last two matches and has not lost in their last five away matches. A few weeks ago, a draw would have been the pick but I will go with Fehérvár in a very difficult choice. I would not mind being wrong in this one as the play of both Diósgyőr and Mezőkövesd has been great for Hungarian football. Last week’s support of the fans in Miskolc was heart warming.
Prediction: Mol Fehérvár 2-1 Diósgyőr