Things are very tight in Group E of Euro 2020 qualification. Croatia are leading the way but with only a one-point advantage over both Slovakia and Thursday’s opponents Hungary. So will the Curtains be able to deliver a home win to leave them in a strong position to lock down a qualification place? Read our Croatia v Hungary betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)
The Croatians are top of Group E but only by the narrow margin of one point. They suffered a shock 2-1 loss on their trip to Hungary earlier in the group and were held to a draw by Azerbaijan. But despite those setbacks, their record of W3 D1 L1 has seen them lead the way in the group. A win in this game will pretty much secure them a place at Euro 2020 next summer as it would move them four points clear of Hungary with two to play.
Croatia’s form is patchy. They are W3 D1 L2 in their last six fixtures (competitive and friendly). A 2-1 home defeat against Tunisia in a friendly back in June snapped a four-match winning streak of home form that they were on. Croatia’s form in European Championship home qualifiers is excellent. They are W6 D2 in their last eight such fixtures but have only nailed the one clean sheet in their last five. But their home scoring is worth noting as they have netted at least two goals in six of their last seven European Championship qualifiers at home.
Croatia have won their last three home games against Hungary
This is the first meeting in Croatia since 1996
Hungary are unbeaten in their last four against Croatia (W1 D3)
There was a 2-1 home win secured by Hungary in the first group meeting
If Hungary could pull off the double over Croatia in this group, they would leave themselves in a fine position. Not only would they be two points clear of Croatia, but would boss the head to head tiebreaker with them if it came down to it. Hungary are on a W3 D2 record in the group, their two reverses happening against Slovakia. That is back to back defeats which Hungary have suffered, a friendly loss in Montenegro being followed by a loss in the qualifiers to Slovakia.
Those were both 2-1 defeats. Hungary have scored in each of their last five games. Hungary have taken a W2 D1 L2 record in their last five European Championship away qualifiers, the losses happening against Greece and Slovakia. They are one of those sides who are a bit hit and miss. Without question, they are a bigger threat on home soil than anything. If you look at their away form in all types of fixtures, they are W1 D2 L5 in their last eight.
Croatia were shocked on that trip to Hungary, but they should be able to even things out by winning their home fixture against them. Hungary are not a good away side at all and Croatia on home soil should have enough quality to get the job done. Home win.
9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Hungary are the Group E leaders with six points on the broad from their two games so far. Wales are having to play a bit of catch up now after some poor defending led to their demise against Croatia on the weekend. Another defeat could be highly costly for them. Read our Hungary v Wales betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 10:18 p.m.)
Hungary are W2 L1 from their three qualifications matches so far. One of those wins were on home soil against Croatia, a superb 2-1 success. That is four wins in their last five games now that Hungary have collected so they are in pretty good shape at the moment (l1). The one defeat that they suffered in that sequence was a 2-0 away defeat at Slovakia in their open Euro 2020 qualifiers. They are currently on a four-match winning streak at home it is worth noting. Hungary scored exactly two goals in each of those home wins.
Back in the nations League, Hungary finished second behind Finland and they did claim a win in all three of their home games (Finland, Greece and Estonia). So they may very well present a bit of a challenge for the Welsh in this fixture. A win would actually leave them in a pretty strong position, but they have already played a game more than Wales have done in the group.
The last meeting was in 2005, Wales winning 2-0 in a home friendly
Wales have won the last two meetings with Hungary
The last competitive meetings between them was in Euro ‘76 qualifiers
Wales are W5 D2 L3 from their previous games against Hungary
Wales basically threw points away in Croatia. They lost 2-1 there because of some bad defending. David Brooks got their consolation in the 77th minute of the fixture. Even though they were heavily second best in terms of possession in the game, they did produce six shots on target against the two from Croatia. That defeat came after Wales had opened their Euro 2020 qualifiers with a home success over Slakova.
Wales are W4 L5 in their last nine games so they are hit and miss. They do have problems in getting enough goals. They haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last eight fixtures now. Walse have lost three of their last four away games as well now, scoring just the two goals in that sequence of fixtures. This is a big game for them at this stage. A win puts them level on points with Hungary, but still with a game in hand over them. Basically, anything out of this away game would be a decent return for the Welsh, especially considering the home form that Hungary have been in.
This is not an easy game for the Welsh here. Hungary should be more than a match for them on the night. The temptation is to simply go with the home side here, especially as underdogs because Wales do struggle to get themselves goals. Home win.
9th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting