Hungary vs Croatia - 24/03/2019 Preview

Hungary will face Croatia at Groupama Arena, in Budapest, in UEFA Europe 2020 Qualification 2nd Round. Hungary against Croatia is the match with big interest because of great National squads and great perspectives in Qualification. Review our thoughts on this match here below.

Group E

1. Croatia

2. Slovakia

3. Hungary

4. Wales

5. Azerbaijan

 

Hungary

FIFA Rating – 52

Hungary is playing at the middle-class level in Europe. In World Cup qualification two years ago they finished at 3rd position, however, they had very big points difference against second-place Switzerland. The quality of the game makes it possible to win against weak teams, but unfortunately, skills and experience are not enough for victories against strong teams. In UEFA Nations League they saved their place in League C, however, failed to be promoted to PlayOffs and League B. Although, Hungary won against Finland in last round, Finland was stronger in previous games, as a result, promoted to the higher league.

In the year 2018, Hungary played 10 games including friendly matches. They won only 3 matches at home ground. Moreover, they failed to score at home only against Scotland and lost with one goal difference. The called-up national Hungary team have great players from different Top 5 Europe’s highest Leagues. However, they will need to fight strongly for a second place in the table, since Croatia are clear favorites of the group.

 

Head Coach

Balazs Dzsudzsak

Squad

Goalkeepers

Péter Gulácsi; Dénes Dibusz; Ádám Kovácsik;

Defenders

Tamás Kádár; Gergő Lovrencsics; Ádám Lang; Barnabás Bese; Mihály Korhut; Paulo Vinícius; Willi Orban; Botond Baráth;

Midfielders

Balázs Dzsudzsák; Ádám Nagy; László Kleinheisler; Máté Pátkai; Zsolt Kalmár; István Kovács; Dominik Nagy; Dávid Holman; Dániel Gazdag; Dominik Szoboszlai;

Strikers

Ádám Szalai; Krisztián Németh; Roland Varga; Norbert Balogh; Filip Holender;

 

Croatia

FIFA Rating – 4

After a good performance at the World Cup, the team rose high in the Fifa Rating. Now the main thing is not to lower the bar and show that they deserve high places in all championships. Croatia became vice-champions of World Cup 2018 where they played against France and lost in incredible clash 4:2. The most interesting thing is that Croatia could repeat the Portuguese and become champions without a single victory in regular time in the European Championship.

After they played in UEFA Nations League and failed to save their position in League A. In 4 matches they lost 2 against England 2:1 and surprisingly 6:0 against Spain. However, that was revenge after Croatia’s  3:2 win. For this qualification, they collected star players with very good experience and abilities. Luka Modric became the player of the year in 2018 and will also fight for getting into Euro 2020. Unfortunately, Corluka, Mandzukic, and Subasic retired from international football. 

 

Head Coach

Zlatko Dalic

Squad

Goalkeepers

Simon Sluga; Dominik Livaković; Lovre Kalinić;

Defenders

Domagoj Vida; Dejan Lovren; Tin Jedvaj; Borna Barišić; Marin Leovac; Antonio Milić; Duje Ćaleta-Car; Karlo Bartolec;

Midfielders

Luka Modrić; Ivan Rakitić; Mateo Kovačić; Marcelo Brozović; Milan Badelj; Marko Rog; Mario Pašalić; Filip Bradarić; Nikola Vlašić;

Strikers

Bruno Petković; Josip Brekalo; Ante Rebić; Andrej Kramarić; Ivan Perišić;

 

H2H

These teams have met in a friendly match in the 2016 year. They played in Hungary and have drawn this game with 1:1 as a result. The game was absolutely equal without big chances to score and control the game.

 

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