Hungary vs England Predictions

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England to Win

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England 3-1

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Raheem Sterling To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • England have a maximum nine points from three games in Group I.
  • The Three Lions have 11 wins in their last 13 games (D1, L1).
  • Raheem Sterling has scored three goals in his last seven England appearances.

England looking for response after Euro 2020 heartache

England return to action for the first time since their Euro 2020 final defeat on Thursday as they travel to Hungary in World Cup 2022 qualification.

There aren’t too many surprises in boss Gareth Southgate’s latest squad and he has largely kept the faith with the team that came agonisingly close to silverware this summer.  Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is back in the fold after missing Euro 2020, despite having played just five minutes of football for his club side so far this season, and Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has been handed a call up as he pushes for his debut but I expect both to be named among the substitutes.

The big talking point is whether or not Manchester City new boy Jack Grealish will be included in the starting XI after being used sparingly at Euro 2020.  I would expect Southgate to start with the playmaker in a front three with club team-mate Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, but it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him on the bench either given the manager’s reluctance to unleash the former Aston Villa man over the summer.

Hungary have a few key absentees in defence as Loic Nego and Gergo Lovrenczics miss out due to quarantine and injury respectively.  The host have been able to include RB Leipzig’s highly-rated midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai though, after injury saw him miss Euro 2020.

Expect an England response

The Three Lions sit at the top of Group B with a maximum nine points from three games and they have a chance to extend their lead further as Hungary sit second with seven points.  The hosts should not be underestimated, they managed to hold both France and Germany to draws at Euro 2020, but I’m still expecting England to come through with a win on Thursday.

Hungary have just one defeat in their last eight home games, a 3-0 loss to Portugal in Budapest at Euro 2020, and England are not invincible away with two defeats in their last seven away games prior to the tournament over the summer.  

Hungary will be up for the challenge

The hosts will be desperate to make a statement in this fixture and Hungary may well be able to get a goal but as England are clean sheet specialists I’m reluctant to mess around with this fixture too much and a straightforward away win is my main tip here.  Southgate’s men managed seven clean sheets prior to conceding from a free-kick against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals so it is hard to back an away win with both teams to score with any real confidence.

That said, Hungary did manage to score against both France and Germany and have only failed to score in two of their last 18 home games.  The hosts also have 10 goals from just three qualifiers so far and with that in mind a 3-1 win for England is my correct score selection.

A Sterling strike has potential

Raheem Sterling looks a strong option in the anytime scorer market.  The forward was judged to have had a poor season domestically for City last term but then responded with three goals and an assist for the Three Lions at Euro 2020.  

Sterling has one goal in three games for City this term, despite starting just once, and the forward may feel he has a point to prove in Hungary on Thursday. 

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