After a bit shaky start in the qualifiers and a loss away to Hungary, the Croatians have upped their form and are now again red hot favorites to promote to the European championship directly from the first position.
Still, their form isn’t the best possible expected recently, coming from a very impressive 4:0 victory away to Slovakia, but disappointing in the next leg this September when they took a point in a 1:1 draw away to Azerbaijan.
They had an early lead and were very close to score the second as well, however, they paid the price of being a bit uninterested to seal that victory in the continuation of the game.
The Croats have no fresh injury worries ahead of this one. Central defender Mitrovic from Club Brugge will miss this time.
Hungary can’t be very satisfied with their results in September, as the side firstly lost away to Montenegro in less important friendly match 2:1, but then suffered 1:2 defeat in front of their own fans against Slovakia in a far more important match.
The Hungarians had bit more of the ball possession and even more of the chances created, however somehow failed to turn over the game into their favor despite better situations in front of opponents goal.
After this loss, they are at the second position together with Slovakia and need to get something out of this one in order to remain more competitive in the battle for the first two positions.
Central back Barath from MLS and defensive midfielder Nagy from Bristol City are suspended. The guests also miss defender Bese from Le Havre, midfielder Patkai from Fehervar and another defender Tamas from Zalaegerszeg.
Croatia is a strong favorite in this one, but they aren’t to be trusted a lot at the back nowadays. on the other side, Hungarians do have quality and surely will approach this match with bit more offensive tactics, something that can easily result in more than a couple of goals scored.