On November 19, the Puskas Ferenc Stadium (Budapest) will host the match of the 10th round of qualifying for Euro 2024, in which the Hungarian national team will meet with the Montenegro national team. The match will begin at 17:00 Kyiv time.
The team spent the last cycle unsuccessfully, not making it to the World Championship. But it just so happened that the Magyars are good precisely in the Euro format. Well, in the League of Nations, where they rose from division C to division A as quickly as possible, and last year they almost won the group there. The team took part in both past continental tournaments, and showed themselves there with dignity. It is already clear that she will play in France. This year they went undefeated. Yes, they didn’t win against Montenegro and Lithuania, but the Hungarians scored 6 points against the Serbs, the maximum possible. That’s why they were with the Baltic states, it seems, in October and played 2-2 because Szoboszlai and the company were already celebrating their early exit to the next tournament – and had the right to do so. As a result, they almost lost to Bulgaria, fortunately, thanks to an own goal in the 97th minute, they achieved a 2-2 draw, which granted them a pass to the championship de jure.
The team was again left without a pass to the final tournament. Like all previous ones in its, admittedly, rather short history – not so long ago the country, and, therefore, the national team separated from Serbia. By the way, it was she who had the chance to take second place in the group, taking advantage of her own good form, shown in 2023, and the misfires of her neighbors. But in the end, Mitrovic and company won 3-1 in October, making the Falcons’ chances largely mathematical. In any case, to keep them, all they had to do was win in November. At home against Lithuania it was easy: they scored in the third minute of each half.
Statistics of personal meetings
The fight between the teams was always stubborn. Before the draw in this selection, they were 3-3 in a friendly match in 2008 and 2-1 in favor of the Hungarians in the same format in 2019.
Bookmakers consider the Hungarians to be the favorite. But the guests may still need something – let’s risk betting on them with a handicap of +1 goal (odds – 1.96).
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