Sports Mole is previewing the Nations League clash between Hungary and Serbia on Sunday, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Two countries that had different experiences in the Euro 2020 playoffs on Thursday will meet in the UEFA Nations League B Group 3 on Sunday as Hungary host Serbia.
Hungary reached the tournament with a 2-1 win over Iceland next summer, while Serbia’s dreams were shattered when Scotland were beaten by Scotland on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.
Hungary made an impressive comeback against Iceland when they were behind from the 11th minute but leveled Loic Nego with two minutes of the 90 left, in front Dominik Szoboszlai broke through the heart of the Icelandic defense and rolled into the match winner in the second minute of injury time.
Marco RossiThe Portugal team will now play in the “Group of Death” with Portugal, France and Germany at Euro 2020. Two of their games will be played in Budapest.
For now, however, their attention is turning to the Nations League as they can still win their group and move up to League A.
Hungary, ranked 47th in the world, are currently one point behind group leader Russia, the only team to have lost in four games so far.
They remained clean in the other three games, including a 1-0 win in Serbia in October, secured by a goal by the 31-year-old debutant in the first half Norbert Konyves.
Serbia – ranked 30 – followed this defeat with a 2-2 draw with Turkey and is now fighting to avoid relegation to League C.
They are bottom of the table and have not won any of their first four games. You have only scored three goals with Aleksandar Mitrovic network two of them.
Mitrovic missed the crucial penalty in the loss to Scotland Luka Jovic had balanced late in normal time to keep her hopes alive.
This means that Serbia has not qualified for the European Championship in each of its four attempts since its first competition as an independent country in 2006.
The Eagles have not conceded a goal in their last eight away games, most recently in Romania in October 2018 – before Ljubisa Tumbakovic was responsible.
Hungary Nations League Form: WLWD
Hungary form (all competitions): WLWWDW
Serbia Nations League Form: LDLD
Serbia Form (all competitions): LDWLDD
Loic Nego may have placed himself in the frame to start for Hungary after falling off the bench to score against Iceland.
Marco Rossi can bring those too David Siger and Nemanja Nikolic He wants to keep his team up to date ahead of the last Nations League game against Turkey on Wednesday.
After not playing against Scotland, Serbia was the captain Alexander Kolarov could start but their club Inter Milan want him not to play a role as he has been suffering from a muscle injury lately.
The attacking trio of Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Luka Jovic have not all played together in the Nations League, but could all start Serbia’s search for goals.
Hungary possible starting line-up:
Gulacsi; Orban, Lang, Szalai; Nego, Siger, Nagy, Szoboszlai, Holender; Szalai, Nikolic
Serbia possible starting line-up:
Dmitrovic; Milenkovic, Spajic, Kolarov; Gudelj; Lazovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic, Mladenovic; Jovic, Mitrovic
We say: Hungary 1-0 Serbia
This is likely not a classic as both teams are yet to recover from their grueling Euro 2020 playoff games. Morale in camp Serbia will also be low after the defeat, which could result in Hungary taking a one-goal victory.
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