Hungary take on the visitors Italy in the round 6 match of UEFA Nations League (League A). The match will be played on Monday, September 26th at Puskás Aréna (Budapest).
Hungary was viewed as an outright outsider in this quartet. It was precisely for the sake of direct confrontations with the giants in the last cycle of the League of Nations that Marco Rossa's wards won the group in division B. But the opponents were not easy - Turkey, Serbia and Russia! In addition, the "Magyars" were able to harden at last year's Euro, where the company of favorites was no worse. Again, as in 2021, they played Germany, and in addition there were England and now, Italy. It seems that the Hungarians constantly need to play champions, current and future. And it turns out quite often to give nominally stronger opponents in the teeth! The games with the “three lions” stand apart, with which they managed to take the maximum in June including impressive 4-0 on the road. Although Budapest is considered a trump card with its hot stands.
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Italy national team became the main disappointment, and of the whole year. More precisely, the entire segment after the triumphant Euro. Unfortunately, having reached the peak, the wards of Roberto Mancini began to collect failures. In the final part of the previous Nations League, they lost to their first opponent, Spain. Then there was another 2nd place in qualifying for the World Cup and again a failure in the playoffs. But even more resonant than 4 years earlier. Then they lost at least strong Sweden, now, at home, to a clear underdog, North Macedonia. For the second time in a row, Squadra Azzurra misses the World Cup now in the status of European champion. Roberto Mancini this time have not particularly surprised by personnel decisions. The results are also different. For example, having taken 1-1 draw with Germany at home and having beaten Hungary, on the road the Germans thrashed them 2-5!
Hungary only won 1 match out of 8 head-to-heads, 15 years ago. And it was a friendly match. Italy has 5 victories during this time. Bookmakers are traditionally skeptical about Hungary. But this is a fighting team, besides holding the match in Budapest will be an additional trump card - remember what kind of stands there are. Let's stop at "both to score".
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score – yes.