England host Hungary at Wembley in a World Cup qualification fixture the Three Lions are heavy favourites to win. Gareth Southgate’s side were on a different level to the Nemzeti Tizenegy when these teams met last month, and will be expected to deliver a comfortable victory again here in front of their own fans.
Where and when: Wembley Stadium – 12 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see England vs. Hungary: ITV
Last time: Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice were all on target as England thrashed Hungary 4-0 in Budapest at the start of September, in a game that was marred by disgusting racist abuse directed at English players from the stands.
England v Hungary Predictions and Preview
There’s little chance of the vile abuse we saw in Budapest being repeated when England play Hungary in the return fixture at Wembley. There may be added motivation for the English squad to dish out an even heavier beating to their opponents back in London though, which could spell trouble for Marco Rossi’s side.
England looked all 37 of their higher places in the world rankings than Hungary the last time these teams met, if not more. The Magyars did put up a solid first-half resistance to go into the break on level terms, but it always appeared to be a matter of time before the Three Lions would score and go on to open the floodgates.
This England side is adept at putting opponents to the sword once they’ve managed to break them down, while the Three Lions have also enjoyed near complete superiority over Hungary for almost 60 years. The Hungarians last tasted victory in this fixture at the 1962 World Cup, courtesy of a 2-1 group stage win before both teams exited the competition in the quarter-finals.
England have won 10 of the 11 meetings between the countries since then, only failing to beat Hungary in a 1999 friendly in Budapest that ended 1-1. In their three encounters since, the Three Lions have scored nine goals and conceded only two, and we can expect the English to keep another clean sheet here.
The hosts are the heavy favourites in this England v Hungary preview, while a home win to nil appears a good option if you want to get a better price on Southgate’s side. There seems little chance of the visitors springing an upset, with a draw surely the very most they can hope for.
More likely, the Hungarians will be tasked with keeping the scoreline respectable, especially if England score early. Try backing a goal in the first 15 minutes, combined with a big home victory, if you think Southgate’s side will press home their advantage both in quality and home comforts.
One to watch for England: Raheem Sterling was one of the England players racially abused in Hungary. The Manchester City man is an important figure in the fight for equality in the UK, and after starring for the Three Lions at Euro 2020, is one of the favourites to break the deadlock against Hungary once again here.
One to watch for Hungary: Fehervar forward Nemanja Nikolic is the top scorer in Hungary’s squad, following Adam Szalai’s withdrawal through injury. He has eight goals from 42 caps, and will be up against it leading the line at Wembley in these England v Hungary predictions.
Long shot: Big odds in this game are hard to come by in the outright market, but you can get them with correct score predictions. A big 7-0 victory for the home team could be of interest in these England v Hungary tips, while you can boost that price further by adding Three Lions captain Harry Kane as the first scorer.