Hungary will take on Andorra at 6pm on Sunday in the Groupama Aréna of Budapest as Bernd Storck’s men seek to garner three more points in their bid for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. Hungary are considered clear-cut favorites against Andorra and the home team’s players must meet the expectations in order to keep alive the hope of qualification for the next World Cup to be held in Russia.
Hungary are currently on the 3rd position of Group B with 4 points after 3 games, they have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1. They are trailing Portugal and Switzerland, while Faroe Islands, Latvia and Visitors Andorra are behind them. Anything less than a win in this game will dash their chances of overtaking Portugal in the group table. Andorra are at the foot end of the group B table with 0 points after 3 games. They kicked off the campaign losing 0-1 to Latvia, got mauled 6-0 by Portugal and were also defeated 1-2 by Switzerland. As for history, Hungary won both of the two sides’ past meetings without conceding during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Hungary head coach Bernd Storck said at a press conference held in the training camp that he did not expect an easy match on Sunday. Storck insisted his squad would be treating the Andorra game just as seriously as they had the previous World Cup qualifier against Switzerland. “At international level there are no easy matches so we respect the opponent and will approach this match just as we would any other. We expect that Sunday’s match will be against a defensive and well-organised opponent. It is important to create as many chances as possible and to score the first goal early on, while also entertaining the fans too”, he said.
Bernd Storck has boosted his usual Hungary squad with four potential young debutants but cannot count on prolific striker Nemanja Nikolic, who has been ruled out after sustaining a broken finger in last weekend’s league match with his Polish first division club Legia Warsawa. As the German coach has not revealed his cards two days before the game, we cannot possibly know the starting eleven. However, according to the previous games, he might prefer the following starting line-up: Péter Gulácsi – Barnabás Bese, Richárd Guzmics, Tamás Kádár, Mihály Korhut – Ádám Nagy, Zoltán Gera – Krisztián Németh, László Kleinheisler, Balázs Dzsudzsák – Ádám Szalai.
Two days after the Andorra game, the Hungarian national team will also play an international friendly against Sweden to give fans the opportunity to say farewell to national-team stalwarts Gábor Király and Roland Juhász. Both the goalkeeper and the defender retired from international duty after the successful Euro 2016 campaign but will are due to make one more special appearance at 19:45 on Tuesday 15th November, once again in the Groupama Aréna in Budapest.