Euro 2020 qualifying group E leaders will be at stake at the meeting on Thursday, October 10, involving teams from Croatia and Hungary. The match will be hosted by Poljud stadium in Split, Croatia. The kick-off is scheduled for 3:45 pm EDT.
With ten points, the Croats are at the top of the leaderboard. The Hungarians, with nine, share second place with Slovakia. Wales, fourth on six points, are also in contention for a place in the tournament’s decisive stage.
In celebration of the tournament’s 60th anniversary, the sixteenth edition of the tournament will be played next year in 12 countries. The qualifiers have 55 teams in contention, including Kosovo’s first appearance. They were divided into ten groups with five or six participants who will face each other in turn and return. In the end, the top two will have their classification guaranteed.
The remaining four places will be contested by the 16 group winners in the four versions of the European League of Nations which had their first edition played in 2018. In case the winners also get a place in the playoffs, their place in the playoffs that will define the last participants of the tournament. Euro 2020 will be occupied by the team that took the next position in their tournament key. The final battle will take place in March next year, just before the start of the Euro Cup, which is scheduled for June 12 to July 12. The final will be in England.
European Qualifiers / Croatia – Hungary – The situation in this qualifying group is very interesting and four selections are fighting for the top two places, but still Croatia is the best. They are leaders with ten points, while Hungary has one less, like Slovakia. The problem for the Hungarians is that they have lost the previous two duels and are in a negative streak, and Croatia have also been knocked out in the last round. In the first match Hungary beat Croatia 2: 1.
▪️The Croatians had their best performance followed by the worst in the double round of September’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.
▪️They started with the highlight of their campaign by making it 4-0 away from home in Slovakia.
▪️However, fluctuating as they have always been since the run-up to the 2018 Russian World Cup, they were responsible for giving up the first point for Azerbaijan.
▪️Again playing as a visiting team, they were leveled 1-1, letting go of the chance to gain some slack in the lead.
▪️Of the three games left, two will be at home. In addition to Hungary, they will welcome Slovakia in November.
▪️They will visit Wales on October 13. However, they do not have room to slide, as they will be off on the tenth day.
▪️The Hungarians also scored well below their expectations on the sixth round of qualifying for Euro 2020.
▪️They missed the chance to take the lead by being beaten 2-1 at home by Slovakia.
▪️In the double round of October will have, besides Croatia, the meeting with Azerbaijan, which will be in their domains.
▪️In the final double matchday, the team will play on round nine and will host the Wales team in the final round.
▪️For the duel this Thursday will still need to manage a loss of confrontation with the Slovakians.
▪️Defender Botond Barath, who defends Sporting Kansas City and has been used as an absolute starter, has been sent off in extra time and will be on automatic suspension.
He holds the current world vice-champion leadership position in this group, though they do not shine and are mostly tormented. It was expected that they would be absolutely dominant in this kind of competition, however, they already have one defeat, right from Hungary. In the last round, they also made a guest appearance with an outsider of Azerbaijan and won only a point. They beat the same rival on home soil with a lot of problems with 2: 1, and with the same result they won Wales. It turns out that they only played one game in grand style against Slovakia away when Croatia celebrated 4-0. The good news for coach Dalic is the return to the selection of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, and there is still no Kramaric.
Probable starting lineup for Croatia: Livakovic – Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Barisic – Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic – Perisic, Brekalo – Petkovic
In the first and last game played so far, the Hungarians were defeated, with three victories in between. Fatal for Hungary was the selection of Slovakia, which defeated them both times, while Hungary won the best game against Croatia. Then they won 2: 1 after the turnaround and on the wings of that triumph they defeated both Azerbaijan away and Wales at home. They had a great opportunity to win Slovakia in the first place, but they lost and lost 1: 2. Stoper Barath received a red card so he could not play now, as was Nagy’s yellow card.
Probable starting lineup for Hungary: Gulacsi – Lovrencsics, Orban, Kadar, Korhut – Kleinheisler, Patkai – Dzsudzsak, Szoboszlai, Sallai – Szalai
Football Prediction of the Day Croatia vs Hungary
Croatians, despite the swings, have shown that when necessary, they have quality football. Thus, the prognosis for its success against Hungary is the most appropriate guess for Thursday’s match for the seventh round of qualifiers for Euro 2020.
Bet Tips: Croatia