Hungary welcome the visitors Croatia in the Euro Qualification – Round 2. The match will be held on Sunday, March, 24th, at the Groupama Arena (Budapest).
In the 1st qualifying game, Hungary conceded in Slovakia, 2:0. And the loss was to the point, indeed. The homeside on the day are staffed with local players and frugal international performers of which we could single out Szalai from Hoffenheim, Orban and Gulasci from RB Leipzig, and Nagy from Bologna (but he featured only 13 matches this campaign). Well, there is also Kadar from Dynamo Kyiv – not enough to oppose well to the world vice-champions on Sunday.
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Not without difficulties, but the Croatia national team attained their first win this qualification – it was registered against Azerbaijan. They made their fans nervous, losing till the 44th minute, but then they leveled the score in the 2nd half, so, now, they are travelling to Budapest in high spirits. The side never needed to be introduced – almost all their players compete in the leading European leagues – after the Russian World Cup, they are even more recognized.
The Croats have a lethal attack, and Azerbaijan’s minimum 2:1 loss is seen as a piece of luck. Croatia made 22 shots, had 13 corners, and possessed 68% of the time. They will most probably play first tomorrow either, despite their traveling status. Croatia cannot do otherwise. The World Cup silver medals holders boast Kramaric from Hoffenheim, Perisic from Internazionale, Kovacic from Chelsea, Rakitic from Barcelona, and Modric from Real Madrid. They will certainly manage to score over one or two goals tomorrow. With all due respect to the Croats’ attack though, their defense regularly makes mistakes. Croatia allowed in 10 of 12 recent clashes; in the last fixture, even Azerbaijan unlocked their defense, so, the Hungarians may also do. All in all, this will result in a spectacular match that will produce 3+ goals. The sides met 5 times, 2 head-to-heads saw the Croats win, 3 latest encounters ended level. On Sunday, the guests are not expected to concede as a minimum.
Prediction for the match: Croatia to win or Draw & Over 2.5 goals.