June 12, 2022 Sports Betting
When England hosts Hungary in matchday four of League A Group 3 at Molineux, they will be looking to get off to a winning start in the UEFA Nations League for the fourth time.
On Saturday night, Gareth Southgate’s team had a dreary goalless draw with Italy, while the Magyars convincingly held Germany to a 1-1 draw.
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Following the Euro 2020 crowd disturbance, Gareth Southgate had no qualms in calling a behind-closed-doors match at Molineux a “embarrassment” for England, but the display on the pitch from both teams was not far off a comparable description in front of a youthful and restricted crowd.
The lucky fans in attendance may not have felt so fortunate to attend a largely flat affair – one that leaves the Three Lions winless in the section. Aaron Ramsdale was called into action on a couple of occasions, while Mason Mount hit the bar for England, but the lucky fans in attendance may not have felt so fortunate to attend a largely flat affair – one that leaves the Three Lions winless in the section.
Southgate’s side has only taken two points out of a possible nine to remain bottom of the group, which would mean an unfathomable relegation to League B unless things changed quickly, and scrutiny has inevitably come his way.
England hasn’t gone four games without a win in all competitions since the 2014 World Cup, when they drew a friendly with Honduras before failing to win at all in Rio, and a goal tally of one goal in three games would definitely worry Southgate considering the attacking firepower at his disposal.
Of course, Southgate’s crop returned to the frantic schedule of fixtures after grueling domestic and European seasons, sparking a far broader debate over player welfare, and Hungary’s tenacity against the big guys is showing no signs of waning.
Whatever attitude lessons Marco Rossi has been teaching this Hungary team have been paying off, as the Magyars nicked a point from a Germany side they also held during the Euro 2020 group of death after falling to a narrow defeat to Italy. After Zsolt Nagy’s early opener and Jonas Hofmann’s immediate comeback for Die Mannschaft, there were no more goals to be had after the ninth minute, and Rossi should be pleased with his side’s start to life in League A after beginning the inaugural Nations League in the third tier.
Hungary is in fourth place, one point ahead of Germany and England, and one point behind Italy, with a chance to reach the Nations League finals, but their tenacity was not enough to secure them a berth in Qatar for the World Cup. Hungary beat the Three Lions 1-0 in Budapest less than two weeks ago, and the Magyars’ most recent journey to England – which was overshadowed by a percentage of their fans instigating disturbances in the stands – saw them return home with a 1-1 draw to brag about.
The fact that England’s only goal in the Nations League so far has come from a penalty spot shows how much Southgate’s men could use a break, but Three Lions fans are growing increasingly apprehensive about their team’s chances in Qatar with each passing game.
While a high-scoring match is unlikely, Southgate’s team can finally post a long-awaited win before the summer holidays begin, the probable arrivals of Jude Bellingham and Conor Gallagher to the midfield might be key in breaking Hungary’s lines.