England travel to Hungary on Thursday night for their first outing since the heartbreaking Euro 2020 final in which they were defeated by Italy on penalties. Will the Three Lions resume action with a convincing victory? Read here our Hungary vs England predictions, betting tips, team news and probable line-ups, free bets and exclusive promo codes!
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How to watch England v Hungary
This game will take place at Puskás Aréna in Budapest on September 2, 2021 at 7:45 PM UK time.
The game is being screened live by ITV with the programme starting at 7.15pm. ITV also have a highlights show scheduled for 10.45pm which will also include other World Cup qualifying matches from around Europe.
Hungary vs England Betting PreviewHungary will be buoyed by their positive performances in the European Championship where they drew with France and almost beat Germany in the final group stage game. They went so close to escape the "Group of Death" despite losing 3-0 to Portugal in their opening game. That defeat is their only slip in the last 14 games in all competitions. Marco Rossi's men sit second in the group World Cup qualifying group with two wins and a draw so far. After being forced to settle for a 3-3 draw with Poland courtesy of Robert Lewandowski's late equaliser, Hungary proceeded to sink San Marino 3-0 before an equally dominant 4-1 victory over Andorra.
England enjoyed an almost perfect European Championship this summer. The Three Lions cruised past the group stage and beat Germany, Ukraine and Denmark in the knockout rounds. They only lost in the final to Italy - on penalties - after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. As to World Cup qualifiers, Gareth Southgate's men are group leaders with 9 points and three wins without losses or draws, after beating San Marino 5-0, Albania 2-0 and Poland 2-1. The loss at the hands of Italy ended a 12-game unbeaten run across all competitions for England Lions - who kept an impressive 10 clean sheets during that run.
Best OddsEngland are red-hot favourite to take all three points here with STS pricing the away win at 9/20.
The draw is backable at 7/2 with Grosvenor Sports while Hungary are 15/2 to win with Betfair.
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Hungary (3-5-2): Gulacsi; Botka, Orban, At. Szalai; Bolla, Schafer, Szoboszlai, Kleinheisler, Fiola; Sallai, Ad. Szalai
The bulk of the Hungary squad is the same as that which impressed at Euro 2020. They lost Hajduk Split defender Gergo Lovrencsics as he damaged ankle ligaments on Tuesday but added two interesting debutants as striker Daniel Salloi and defender Mark Tamas. High rated midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is fully recovered after missing the Euros due to an injury. The RB Leipzig star should take Adam Nagy's place in midfield due to the 26-year-old's suspension and support the likes of Adam Szalai and Roland Sallai up front.
England (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Sterling, Mount, Grealish; Kane
Southgate welcomed back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who missed out through injury. Anyway, the English manager had lost striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin after he injured his thigh during Everton’s win over Brighton the past weekend while Jadon Sancho is a major doubt and could miss the game. Leeds forward Patrick Bamford could play at some stage considering that Harry Kane is not 100% fit having played just 90 minutes with his club so far. Ollie Watkins and Marcus Rashford remain out through injury, as well as Phil Foden, Ben White and goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Jack Grealish will most likely start from the off.
England v Hungary PredictionsHungary proved throughout Euro 2020 that they are a tough nut to crack and will surely fight to get at least a point. Anyway, England have the undoubted quality advantage and if Southgate clears their heads then they'll have enough to make it four wins from four in qualifying. We expect a narrow win for the The Three Lions. The 1-2 scoreline is our pick in the Correct Score markets. As to goalkeepers, keep an eye on Raheem Sterling, who was England's top scorer at the Euros.
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