Russia didn’t meet the expectations in their last match in the UEFA Nations League against Turkey, as they come from a 1:1 home draw, despite being a strong favorite.
The hosts were looking far better during the first forty-five minutes of the clash and took the lead first in the 28th minute over Miranchuk, but as the match progressed, the Turks completely took over the control. They scored an equalizer in the 62nd via Karaman and were seemingly closer to victory here, but failed to be more efficient, so the result remained unchanged.
Russia shares the group with Serbia, Hungary, and above mentioned Turkey. They are currently in 1st place, having seven points out of three matches.
Goalkeeper Guilherme (13/0, Lokomotiv), defender Petrov (5/1, Krasnodar), midfielder Golovina (33/5, Monaco) and forward Smolov (39/14, Lokomotiv) won’t play compared to previous call-ups.
Hungary did their job in the play-off match against Bulgaria last Thursday evening when they come with a 1:3 away victory, and approached the match with Serbia in a relaxed state, only three days later.
Even though the Hungarians fielded against Serbia a rotated squad, they were still able to record a 0:1 victory, as the Serbs too managed to qualify to the play-off finals, and approach this clash seemingly uninterested. Despite having a ball possession disadvantage, the visitors from Hungary were sharper with the ball to their feet, and manage to score the only one in this clash in the 20th minute over Konyves. A deserved victory against a less interested Serbian side.
Hungary is currently in 2nd place in the group, lacking only one point to Russia, with the chance to settle the score from the last time these two meet.
Defender Hangya (6/0, Fehervar) won’t play here, as well as midfielders Szoboszlai (10/2, Salzburg), Patkai (23/2, Vasas), forward Sallai (19/2, Freiburg) compared to a previous call-up.
Not too much of a favorite
The Russians are considered a strong favorite in this clash by the bookies. but I am not that convinced in their positive result. They didn’t outplay either of the nations so far, and their chances are decreasing here against very inconvenient Hungary, that performed very well via counters. The Hungarians didn’t field their best squad against Serbia but also were neither outplayed by the Russians in the previous clash – on contrary, they deserved more out of that game too.