England vs Hungary Prediction: Nations League | 14.06.2022

England vs Hungary Prediction: Nations League Match on 14.06.2022

After enduring a winless start to the Nations League campaign, England will be looking for their first triumph when they host Hungary on Tuesday at the Molineux Stadium at 19:45GMT. 


Match Preview

Can England get their First Win in this Nations League Campaign?

Gareth Southgate will be looking for his side to find inspiration and rally to find their winning formula ahead of their clash with Hungary.

After an underwhelming 0-0 result against Italy last time out, the Three Lions received criticism for their leggy performance lacking in energy, rhythm, and tempo, and the two dropped points.

Southgate will have to find solutions to his demonstrably fatigued squad as they host a Hungary inside that beat them 1-0 in the first leg of this fixture. 

With the Three Lions bottom of the League A Group 3 table, the match against Hungary will be important for the Three Lions as they seek to get their campaign back on track. 

Can Hungary make it a Double over England with a Win Away from Home?

After the surprising victory over England, Hungary will be confident of causing an upset at the Molineux against Gareth Southgate’s men.

Hungary are second on the table with 4 points, just a point below group leaders, Italy. They will be looking to consolidate their position in their group by taking points against bottom-of-the-table England on Tuesday. 

Hungary will also have to contend with issues of taking the knee, which have been controversial for the Hungarian team and their fans. English players insist that they will keep taking the knee.

From a footballing perspective, Hungary will need to be alert to contain an English side reeling from a three-match winless run in the Nations League campaign, as they look to get off the mark with a win.

Form Guide

England

In their last five outings in international football, the Three Lions have won two times, drawn twice, and lost once.

The two wins came in the friendly fixtures against Switzerland (2-1) and Ivory Coast (3-0). However, since the beginning of competitive football in the Nations League, England have not won a match, posting two draws and a defeat.

The loss came in the opening match of the Nations League where Gareth Southgate’s men lost 1-0 away to their opponents on Tuesday – Hungary. Subsequent matches have ended in draws; these were against Germany (1-1) and Italy (1-1).

Hungary

Hungary have won two times, drawn once, and lost twice in their last five outings in international football. 

The two wins came in the friendly match against Northern Ireland (1-0) and England (1-0) in the opening match of the Nations League campaign.

Hungary have also drawn against Germany in the Nations League matchday 3, which earned them an important point and elevated them to second in the group behind leaders Italy.

The losses came in a friendly match against Serbia (1-0) and the Nations league against group leaders Italy (2-1).

Possible Starting Lineups

England

Ramsdale; R. James, H. Maguire, F. Tomori, K. Trippier; J. Ward-Prowse, D. Rice; R. Sterling, M. Mount, J. Grealish; H. Kane

Hungary

Gulacsi; A. Lang, W. Orban, A. Szalai; L. Nego, A. Nagy, A. Schaler, Z. Nagy; R. Sallai, D. Szoboszlai; A. Szalai


Players to Watch

H. Kane

The Three Lions have to find their cutting edge again as they seek to get their Nations League campaign in order and prepare for the World Cup. To achieve this, they will need their captain and talisman back in his best form.

Kane will be pivotal if England are to get their first win in the Nations League on Tuesday.

D. Szoboszlai

Scorer of the goal that owned England in the first leg of this fixture, the forward will be equally important as England seek to turn the tables.

Hungary will need their forwards to work hard, close down the ball, and pose a threat in their attacking game; Szoboszlai will be crucial in this game plan. 

Prediction

Hungary will adopt a compact and solid approach designed to neutralize England’s attacking verve, deny their runners space, and make it hard for the Three Lions to create chances.

England will seek to use their dominance of the ball to create chances, pin Hungary back, and create goal-scoring chances.

England will win the match and get their first three points in the Nations League campaign. 

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Author: Jesus Simmmons