Hungary vs England: World Cup qualifying preview


ngland resume their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign away to Hungary on Thursday night, in what is potentially the trickiest test in their bid to reach Qatar.

Of course, Gareth Southgate’s side go into the match on the back of coming within a penalty shootout of winning their first trophy since 1966.

Hungary failed to reach the knockout stages of Euro 2020 but gave a good account of themselves in the so-called ‘Group of Death’.

They were supposed to be the whipping boys but led Germany until the final six minutes of their match, a result that would have been enough to go through.

Both sides are unbeaten in Group I, where only the winners are guaranteed qualification, but England hold a two-point lead at the top after Hungary dropped points in their 3-3 draw with Poland.

Marco Rossi’s side were leading that game in Budapest until Robert Lewandowski equalised seven minutes from time.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Hungary vs England will kick-off at 7.45pm BST on Thursday September 2, 2021.

The match will be at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, one of the grounds that hosted Euro 2020.

Where to watch Hungary v England

The game is being screened live by ITV with the programme starting at 7.15pm.

There is also a highlights show featuring this match and others from across Europe at 10.45pm.

And you can also follow live coverage with Standard Sport’s match blog.

Hungary v England team news

Jadon Sancho is the one concern for Southgate as the manager revealed on Wednesday that the winger had picked up a knock.

Earlier in the week, England had lost striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin after he injured his thigh during Everton’s win over Brighton on Saturday.

Southgate did not draft in a replacement, raising the prospect that Patrick Bamford may see some action off the bench after getting his first call-up. The Leeds striker was on target in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday, his first Premier League goal of the season after hitting 17 last term.

On Tuesday, Hungary lost Hajduk Split defender Gergo Lovrencsics after the 44-cap international damaged ankle ligaments.

Andras Schafer celebrates giving Hungary a shock 2-1 lead over Germany

/ Pool via REUTERS

Hungary v England prediction

The bulk of the Hungary squad is the same as that which impressed at Euro 2020 with additions including debutants in striker Daniel Salloi and defender Mark Tamas.

And as they showed at those finals, it would be wrong to take them lightly.

But England made their own mark this summer, have also got the majority of the players who served them so well then, and welcomed back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who missed out through injury.

A tight game, yes, but one that England will edge.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Their last meeting was in 2010 when England won 2-1 with both goals coming from Steven Gerrard.

It is almost 40 years since their last competitive clash, with England running out 3-0 winners in Budapest. Glenn Hoddle opened the scoring in the Euro 84 qualifier.

Betting odds and tips

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