Hungary vs England: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
After their Euro 2020 heartbreak, England return to World Cup qualifying on Thursday with a trip to Hungary at 7:45pm (UK time).
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The summer brought happiness and then devastation for England as they reached the final of a major tournament for just the second time in their history (first since winning the 1966 World Cup) but lost to Italy on penalties at Wembley in the Euro 2020 showcase. But they cannot dwell on the heartbreak any longer as the road to Qatar 2022 resumes this week, and another chance for England to finally end their 55 years of hurt. Having finished semi-finalists at the World Cup in 2018 and runners-up at Euro 2020, England’s improvements should lead to glory in Qatar and they have started their qualifying campaign in perfect circumstances. The Three Lions have won all three of their opening games, scoring nine goals and only conceding once, against Poland.
One of the great teams of the 1950s, Hungary were also involved at Euro 2020 but bowed out at the group stage, placed in a tough group alongside Portugal, France and Germany. Now, they will have their sights set on a return to the World Cup, having not featured at the tournament since 1986 which brought the third of three straight group-stage exits. Hungary have also started qualifying for Qatar in good fashion, unbeaten in their three games with two wins and a draw (against Poland), currently sitting second behind England and occupying a play-off spot.
Hungary vs England: Match Stats
England are blessed with an array of attacking talent and Raheem Sterling will be looking to carry his Euro 2020 form over to World Cup qualifying. The 26-year-old scored three goals at the Euros, including the winners against Croatia and Czech Republic, and also has one goal in World Cup qualifying, netting in the 5-0 victory over San Marino.
One of the key reasons behind England’s run to the Euro 2020 final in July was their defence, as Gareth Southgate’s side conceded just two goals in their seven matches, keeping five clean sheets. However, Hungary have been goal-crazy in World Cup qualifying, netting 10 times so far, more than any other team in the group and are yet to score fewer than three goals in a single match.
Hungary vs England: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Hungary 1-3 England
Hungary vs England: Odds
Hungary vs England: Head to Head
11 August 2010 – England 2-1 Hungary – Friendly
30 May 2006 – England 3-1 Hungary – Friendly
28 April 1999 – Hungary 1-1 England – Friendly
18 May 1996 – England 3-0 Hungary – Friendly
12 May 1992 – Hungary 0-1 England – Friendly
England were haunted by the great Hungary team, including defeat at the 1962 World Cup, but since then the Three Lions have gone unbeaten in 13 games against their next opponents. Only four of those games have been in competitive football, however, with nine friendlies including the most recent meeting – over 11 years ago.