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Preview: Hungary vs. Republic of Ireland - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Hungary vs. Republic of Ireland - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Tuesday's international friendly between Hungary and Republic of Ireland, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Hungary will round off their preparations for this summer's European Championships with a clash against Republic of Ireland in Budapest on Tuesday evening.

The home side will enter the friendly off the back of a 1-0 win over Cyprus on Friday, while Republic of Ireland came from behind to record a 4-1 success over Andorra.


Match preview

Hungary qualified for the knockout round of Euro 2016, but it is going to take some effort from Marco Rossi's side to advance through the group stages of this summer's European Championships.

Indeed, the National Eleven have been placed in Group F alongside Portugal, France and Germany, meaning that they are the serious outsiders to progress to the round of 16 despite their undoubted talent.

Hungary will be feeling good about themselves at the moment, though, boasting a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions, while they have picked up seven victories in the process.

Rossi's team will enter this match off the back of a 1-0 success over Cyprus on Friday, while they have made a strong start to their World Cup 2022 qualification campaign, picking up seven points from three games against Poland, San Marino and Andorra to sit second in Group I behind England.

Hungary have only lost two of their last 11 international matches with Republic of Ireland, but the two teams played out a goalless draw when they last met in a friendly back in June 2012.

Republic of Ireland, meanwhile, secured their first victory under Stephen Kenny last time out, as they came from behind against Andorra to run out 4-1 winners.

Troy Parrott scored twice for the visitors either side of the hour, before Jason Knight and Daryl Horgan netted in the final exchanges to ease some of the pressure on the head coach.

Republic of Ireland are now looking to win consecutive matches for the first time since March 2019, but unlike Hungary, they will not be present at this summer's European Championships.

The Boys in Green reached the last-16 stage of Euro 2016 but lost to Slovakia on penalties in the qualification playoffs for Euro 2020, meaning that their next competitive match is not until September.

Kenny's team have made a disappointing start to their World Cup 2022 qualification campaign, meanwhile, losing both of their matches to Serbia and Luxembourg to sit fourth in Group A.

Hungary International Friendlies form:
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Hungary form (all competitions):
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Republic of Ireland International Friendlies form:
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Republic of Ireland form (all competitions):
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Team News

Hungary recorded a 1-0 win over Cyprus in Budapest on Friday, and head coach Rossi is once again expected to make full use of his squad for this contest.

Adam Szalai was not involved last time out, but the 33-year-old will be in contention to play a part here, potentially taking the place of Janas Hahn in the final third of the field.

Bristol City midfielder Adam Nagy could also come into the starting side, while Willi Orban and Loic Nego, who both started on the bench against Cyprus, should feature in the first XI.

As for the visitors, Kenny has no fresh injury concerns from the clash with Andorra, and it would therefore not be a surprise to see a similar side take to the field.

Horgan's goal off the bench could see the 28-year-old feature in the first XI, while Harry Arter, Shane Duffy and Adam Idah are also pushing for starts.

Josh Cullen and Conor Hourihane should again start in the middle of the park, though, while Parrott, fresh from his two-goal showing against Andorra, is likely to retain his position in the XI.

Seamus Coleman will not be available for Republic of Ireland, with the Everton defender struggling to overcome a hamstring problem.

Hungary possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Orban, Lang, At Szalai; Lovrencsics, Nego, Nagy, Schafer, Varga; Holender, Ad Szalai

Republic of Ireland possible starting lineup:
Bazunu; Doherty, O'Shea, Egan, McClean; Cullen, Hourihane; Knight, Parrott, Horgan; Collins


We say: Hungary 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland will be looking to make it back-to-back victories under Kenny for the first time, but we are finding it difficult to look past the home side here. Hungary will want to enter Euro 2020 off the back of another victory, and we fancy Rossi's team to record a narrow success in Budapest.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data



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