On Friday, Germany will have the potential to capture the first position in Group A3 of the league if they win their home match against Hungary in the UEFA Nations League. The match will take place in Germany.
Following their surprising victory against England in their most recent encounter, in which they prevailed by a score of 4-0, the visitors find themselves in the unanticipated position of the lead heading into the contest.
Match Preview: Germany vs Hungary
The German national team under Hansi Flick’s leadership won all seven of their World Cup qualifying matches by a comfortable margin after he took over as head coach in August 2021.
However, the Nations League has proven to be a more difficult test for both Flick and his players as they prepare for the winter World Cup. The Mannschaft ultimately broke their winless streak with a 5-2 thrashing of Italy at Borussia-Park in their last encounter of June.
Before that, they had drawn three consecutive matches with a score of 1-1 against Italy, England, and Hungary. This hinted that there were some teething difficulties.
Timo Werner’s early double put Germany up 5-0 in the encounter, but Willy Gnonto and Alessandro Bastoni scored in the second half to make the result a bit more reasonable for the away team.
Germany won the match 5–0. If Germany beats Hungary in the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig on Friday, they will have a chance to climb to the top of Group A3 and remain undefeated in Flick’s 13 matches in command of the team.
They will need to show considerably more inventiveness against a well-disciplined defensive outfit since the previous time they played each other, they were only able to manage one shot on target against Marco Rossi’s side.
Hungary has been a revelation in League A following back-to-back promotions from League C. Having performed beyond expectations in the ‘Group of Death at Euro 2020 – when they collected two points from three games against Portugal, France, and Germany – it may not be a surprise to find them dominating Group A3 after four matches.
Magyarok’s opponent Joshua Kimmich said last week, “I’ve seldom played against a squad with such discipline.
“Hungary’s defensive stability has been the cornerstone of their recent success, but their 4-0 annihilation of England at Molineux in June demonstrated their possession talents, with Union Berlin’s Andras Schafer providing a technically skilled center in midfield.
Rossi and his players will carry confidence from their Euro 2020 meeting with Germany to Friday’s match in Leipzig.
They led 1-0 and 2-1 until Leon Goretzka’s late equalizer helped them through. Should Hungary create another shock on the road, they will have their fate in their own hands moving into Monday’s home encounter against Italy, but the significance of that match hinges on how the Azzurri do against England this week.
Team News: Germany vs Hungary
Armel Bella-Kotchap, 20, has received his first senior team call-up from Flick after a good start to his Premier League career with Southampton. However, with so much at stake in Friday’s match, the defender may have to wait a while before making his international debut.
Timo Werner, who leads all players in the Flick era with eight goals, should start at his home stadium.
Also, Borussia Monchengladbach winger Jonas Hofmann feels confident heading into Friday’s meeting after scoring twice against Leipzig over the weekend, giving him a goal or an assist in each of Germany’s previous three Nations League games.
Goretzka’s early recovery from injury means he should start with club colleagues Kimmich, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, and Manuel Neuer despite Marco Reus’s withdrawal from the national team camp due to an ankle injury sustained in the Revierderby against Schalke 04 last weekend.
Meanwhile, Hungary has three debutants in Milos Kerkez, Attila Mocsi, and Peter Barath on their team, but none of them are likely to play in the first match against Germany.
Freiburg striker Roland Sallai’s brace against England demonstrated his mix of quickness and finishing talents, making his absence an issue for Rossi to address in the attack.
It will be up to Dominick Szoboszlai to provide more ideas on home territory, while Peter Gulasci and Willi Orban will be gunning for a clean sheet. After an injury to Zsolt Nagy, right wing-back Loic Nego will likely get the nod, with Attila Fiola moving to the other side.
- Germany Lineup: Neuer, Kehrer, Sule, Rudiger, Raum, Kimmich, Goretzka, Hofmann, Muller, Sane, Werner.
- Hungary Lineup: Gulacsi, Lang, Orban, At Szalai, Nego, Schafer, Styles, Fiola, Adam, Szoboszlai, Ad Szalai.
Our Prediction: Germany 2-0 Hungary
Even though Hungary has shown that they are capable of competing on an international level with any country in the globe when they are playing in front of their passionate home crowd, they are often more difficult to defeat.
The loss of Sallai may prevent them from getting a good out-ball while they are transitioning, and we anticipate that Germany will have an advantage in terms of control and ability in possession over them in the end.
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