Finland vs Hungary
UEFA Nations League
Date: Saturday, 8 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Ratinan Stadion, Tampere.
Hungary failed to make it back-t-back major tournament appearances coming only third in the WC qualifying Group B.
They were actually nowhere near challenging on of top two spots past the likes of Portugal and Switzerland who dominated the campaign with nine wins apiece in ten affairs.
Nemzeti Tizenegy are now set for a brand new start, aiming to make it to the European Championship 2020.
Months before the start to the new qualifying campaign, they are about to make a UEFA Nations League debut on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Tampere to take on Finland in the first game of the competition.
The hosts, who have never managed to qualify for a major tournament, made a dreadful start to the previous WC qualifications campaign.
However, the head coach Markku Kanerva seems to have managed to find the winning formula over the most recent set of qualifiers and friendlies and Scandinavians will enter the new competition in a decent mood.
Finland vs Hungary: Head-to-head
- Hungary have a positive head to head record in matches with Finland against whom they won five and lost two of ten so far.
- The two sides last met in the EURO 2016 qualifications when Nemzeti Tizenegy picked up two narrow wins (1-0 both home and away).
- Hungary won two, drew one and lost one of four H2H games on the Finnish soil.
Finland vs Hungary: Prediction
Finland kept their net untouched in three of last four friendlies (against FYR Macedonia, Malta and Belarus).
They showed strength in the very finish to the qualifying campaign when they were unbeaten in four straight games even though the opposition included the likes of Iceland, Croatia and Turkey along the way.
Hungary will come into the match in a completely opposite mood. They lost three and drew one of last four tests conceding at least a goal in each of the matches in the process.
The head coach Georges Leekens will be handicapped without the captain Balasz Dzsudzsak (stioll looking for a new team) as well as the likes of Daniel Bode and Zoltan Gera.
Adam Szalai will practivally be their lone attacking option and stopping the Hoffenheim striker should basically do the job for the Finnish outfut here,
Under 2.5 goals FT will be our top betting suggestion, while you can alternatively try with the hosts to keep a clean sheet at 2.50.
Finland vs Hungary: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.50 (1/2)
Finland to keep a clean sheet @ 2.50 (5/2).