UEFA Nations League - Match Prediction: Hungary VS Russia

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Match Time: 9/6/2020 23:59 Sunday(GMT+8)

UEFA Nations League -- Hungary VS Russia

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Russia make the trip to Hungary in the UEFA Nations League having begun their 2020-21 campaign with a 3-1 victory over Serbia.Meanwhile, the home side head into Sunday's contest on the back of a surprise 1-0 win in Turkey after Dominik Szoboszlai's 30-yard free kick.

 

Match preview

After a goalless first half, Artem Dzyuba took centre stage, netting a double which takes his return for his country to 26 goals from 43 appearances.While the argument that Russia are heavily dependent on the forward is justified, they still had to perform solidly at the back to restrict the impact of Aleksandar Mitrovic.Although the Fulham frontman eventually got himself on the scoresheet, Russia got off to the best possible start against opponents who they will regard as their biggest rivals in this group.Nevertheless, the pressure is on Cherchesov and his side ahead of squaring off against opponents who will be on a high after their excellent win in Turkey.The game was on course to end goalless, a result which would have still satisfied the visitors, but Szoboszlai's tremendous set piece with 10 minutes remaining has given Hungary something to work with ahead of Sunday's encounter.Having been stuck on a run of five defeats from six matches from last year, head coach Marco Rossi will admit that it was imperative that another setback did not follow on Thursday evening.However, the mood has now changed in the Magyars camp, and there will be a feeling that they can throw caution to the wind in their upcoming fixture in a bid to gain hold of top spot.Despite progressing through to Euro 2020 via the playoffs being at the top of their priority list, Hungary will want a positive result at the weekend ahead of back-to-back trips to Serbia and Russia in October.

 

Hungary Nations League form: W

Hungary form (all competitions): LLWLLW

 

Russia Nations League form: W

Russia form (all competitions): WWWLWW

 

Team News

While both managers will want to name unchanged starting lineups, much will depend on the recovery of their respective squads.Andras Schafer, Nemanja Nikolics and Zsolt Kalmar are all pushing for an appearance in the Hungary XI.As far as Russia are concerned, veteran Yuri Zhirkov could drop down to the substitutes' bench after playing 80 minutes on Thursday night.Anton Miranchuk, who is up to match speed through his appearances for Lokomotiv Moscow, is a natural replacement on the left.

 

Hungary possible starting lineup: Gulasci; Fiola, Lang, Orban, At.Szalai; Holender, Nagy, Siger; Szoboszlai; Ad.Szalai, Sallai

Russia possible starting lineup: Shunin; Fernandes, Semenov, Dzhikiya, Karavaev; Ozdoev, Zobnin; Ionov, Bakaev, Miranchuk; Dzyuba

 

Hungary VS Russia

Hungary 1-2 Russia

UEFA Nations League - Match Prediction: Hungary VS Russia

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