Hungary vs Netherlands
Hungary started of with an expected 5:0 victory in Andora, much needed big margin victory in front of tougher opponents. After failing to make more positive result in previous qualifying rounds for Euro 2012, in a group where they have also been drawn with Netherlands, Hungary started serie of friendly matches where they weren’t that bad at all.
In these friendlies, which were made as a preparation period for the Qualifiers, they drew to Bulgaria, Ireland and Israel, but also won on the road over Czech Republic 2:1, results that can’t be written of just like that. Although there is still work to be done in order to improve this team, they surely look much more competitive in comparison to just few years ago. Hungarian starting eleven should be similar to the one that played in Andora which was full of creative players:
Bogdan, Vanczak, Liptak, Juhasz, Laczko, Koman, Korcsmar, Hajnal, Gera, Szalai, Dzsudzsak.
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Netherlands started with a well earned victory over Turkey at home 2:0. They opened the game very well, taking early lead in seventeen minutes with a goal from Van Persie, while they dominated the most of the game, they were able only to increase their win just before the full time whistle with a goal from Narsingh. After making a negative result at Euro 2012 (they got eliminated in the group stage, very early for them) and a 2:4 debut loss on the road to Belgium, this win was much needed for them in order to start improving the things.
And surely, team looked much better on the field, with much more fluent game in the midfield and creativity. Although, it should be said that they didn’t looked poor at the Van Gaal’s debut last month when they lost to Belgium, but poor defensive mistakes cost them of three conceded goals in a really short time (five minutes) near the end of the game, although they were leading 2:1 till 75th minute, goals scored by Narsingh and Huntelaar. After that poor period, the Dutch are surely looking to make a strong start in the qualifying group and to get the first position with two wins. Probable starting line up should be:
Krul, Janmaat, Heitinga, Indi, Willems, Sneijder, Clasie, Strootman, Narsingh, Van Persie, Robben.
Goals are expected here, just like in their previous two meetings last year when Netherlands have won at home 5:3 and 4:0 in Budapest. Away team is surely a favorite to win this game and should score couple of goals at least, while Hungarians will surely be a threat in this game and should also score at least one, having more creative players in their team than in previous few decades. Their attacking line is working very well, with Van Persie, Narsingh and Huntelaar being in a really good form.
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