Hungary vs Finland
UEFA Nations League
Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Groupama Arena (Budapest).
Hungary lost all hopes of challenging the top spot in the Group 2 after claiming just a single point in two matches in October. They fell 1-0 away in Greece just days before drawing 3-3 to the rock-bottomed Estonia. Such a negative form in October kept them eight points short of Finland at the top coming into November’s pair of final Nations League fixtures.
The story is completely opposite with the visitors who did an extraordinary job so far in the competition. They deservedly hold the very top of the standings having won four from four so far. Huuhkajat did not concede a single goal in opening four matches of the campaign. Markku Kanerva’s 4-4-2 formation with Joona Toivio and Paulus Arajuuri as center-backs worked just perfectly in the last couple of months. Can Finland finish the year in style and pick up a three-pointer when they take on Hungary at Groupama Arena?
Hungary vs Finland: Head-to-head
Hungary lead the head to head tie by two wins coming into their 12th meeting with Huuhkajat.
Magyars came on top both home and away when teams battled it out in European Championship qualifications in 2014 and 2015.
Four of last five head to head matches saw fewer than two goals scored.
The streak includes a narrow 1-0 victory for Finland when outfits met each other at the start of the maiden UEFA Nations League campaign in September.
Hungary vs Finland: Prediction
Both teams should feature with quite strong squads here. The visitors will certainly head into the game in much higher spirits following a streak of five consecutive clean sheet wins before November’s pair of outings. Finland kept their net untouched in seven of last eight matches (including both friendlies and Nations League affairs).
Knowing Hungary won just one of past eight matches, we find the value in backing the visitors to leave Budapest undefeated in their last action in 2018.
Hungary vs Finland: Bet Tips
Finland or Draw @ 5/7 (1.72)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 4/7 (1.57).