Latvia vs Hungary by Isaiah
Latvia had a great chance to start the qualifying path with two victories and they did decently to win over Andorra last month with a narrow 1:0 result, but the team disappointed a lot few days ago when they suffered 0:2 home defeat against one of complete outsiders in the group from Faroe Islands.
It needs to be said that the victory for Faroe Islands came completely deservedly, since the team held the ball more and simply did what was needed in order to get all three points. They opened up the scoreline in 19th minute with a goal from Nattestad, but continued being more concrete in attack, which can be said for the whole game, as the team doubled up the lead in 70th minute via Edmundsson and sealed the three pointer without further problems experienced. Midfielder Cauna (45/12, CSKA Moscow) and forwards Rudnevs (37/2, Koln) will not be playing here.
Hungary really started poor these qualifications and the team from Central of Europe will need to improve starting from today, if they are to keep the chances of qualifying to Russia high this time. After two matches played, they have only one point taken, which is far below the expectations for a team that was able to reach the last sixteen phase at European championship just few months ago.
In the previous round they looked way better than the opponent, but stood to a goalless draw away to Faroe Islands, however, the team wasn't good enough to stay undefeated against more favorites Switzerland in front of own fans, suffering 2:3 defeat just few days ago. The game itself was quite passive and with lack of offensive efforts in the first halftime, but the things got changed completely in the second. Visitors were taking the lead twice, but Szalai managed to respond with a goal each time, just couple of minutes later on both occasion, however the Swiss team took the victory thanks to a goal from Stocker in 90th minute.
Players such as midfielder Pinter (Ferencvaros, 24/0), striker Priskin (Slovan Bratislava (59/17) and striker Bode (Ferencvaros, 14/4( weren't invited due injuries.
Latvians did really poor against Faroe Islands and they need big time improvement in order to stay undefeated here. Hungarians have enough of previous experience and quality upfront to solve this game, even easier than the bookies' odds suggest.