Hungary vs Australia
Competition: International friendly
Date: 9 June 2018
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
Hungary’s national team made their compatriots proud two years ago, first qualifying for Euro 2016 (their first appearance in the finals since 1972!), and then finishing the group unbeaten, on five points, making it to the knockout stages. In the World Cup qualifiers, they were unlucky to get Portugal in the group, as well as almost spotless Switzerland. They lost all four games to them, and, embarrassingly, they lost to Andorra as well, that one defeat that definitely hurt the most. In five friendly matches since November, they’ve managed one victory (over World Cup finalists Costa Rica), one draw (with Belarus, a few days ago), and lost the other three games, to Luxembourg(!), Kazakhstan(!), and Scotland. Two years after their more than decent run in France’s Euros, they are not where they were hoping/expecting to be.
First game with Bert van Marwijk in charge, back in March, Australia got humiliated (4-1) by Norway, a team that won’t even be in the World Cup finals. A few days later, they earned a decent 0-0 draw against Colombia. Fast forward to June 1, they destroyed the Czech Republic 4-0, playing the way their compatriots hope to see them play in Russia. Mathew Leckie scored twice, Andrew Nabbout added one (his first with Australia’s national team), and a Czech player made sure to put the cherry on top for the Aussies with an own goal late in the game. That 4-0 was a major morale boost for the Socceroos, exactly what they needed with the flight to Russia coming up.
Previous five matches:
Belarus vs Hungary 1-1
Hungary vs Scotland 0-1
Hungary vs Kazakhstan 2-3
Hungary vs Costa Rica 1-0
Luxembourg vs Hungary 2-1
Australia vs Czech Republic 4-0
Colombia vs Australia 0-0
Norway vs Australia 4-1
Australia vs Honduras 3-1
Honduras vs Australia 0-0
Hungary’s next game is against Finland, in September. Australia are facing France next Saturday, their first match in the World Cup finals.
Hungary vs Australia: Head to head Stats
Hungary have faced Australia twice before, both times on home soil. They lost 3-1 in 1997, and 3-0 in 2000. Both were friendly matches.
Hungary vs Australia: Prediction
The game is held in Budapest, Hungary. The Aussies are considered slight favorites to win, something I – partly – agree with.
Hungary vs Australia: Betting Tips
Australia’s win in “draw no bet” is at 1.63. Their double chance doesn’t pay more than 1.36, but feels very-very probable.