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Hungary

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Groupama Arena

27/03/2018 | 7:00 pm

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Scotland

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Groupama Arena

27/03/2018 | 7:00 pm

In a sentence: Preparations for Euro 2020 continue, as neither country will feature in Russia this summer.

Last time: Hungary ran out comfortable 3-0 winners back in 2004. Szabolcs Huszti bagged twice at Hampden Park before a catalogue of errors in the Scotland area resulted in goalkeeper David Marshall diverting in to his own net.

This time: Hungary are 7/4 to emerge triumphant, with Scotland available at 13/8 and the draw is 2/1.

You might remember: Hungary’s memorable run at Euro 2016. The Zoltan Gera-led side were expected to finish bottom of a group consisting of Portugal, Iceland and Austria, but defied the odds and went through as Group F winners. The Eastern Europeans were ultimately knocked out by Belgium in the round of 16.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Hungary take on Scotland at the Groupama Arena in a friendly that helps both sides prepare for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying campaigns

On paper, and considering their respective plights, Hungary and Scotland are evenly matched, and this is reflected in our international friendly predictions betting. Alex McLeish’s second reign in charge started in disappointing fashion, though the Glaswegian acknowledged it would take time to implement his methods. Furthermore, with a host of new players coming into the fold and losing the experience of veterans Scott Brown and Darren Fletcher, it is sure to be a long process.

Football predictions for this duel include Hungary at 7/4 to win, and head coach Georges Leekens does have talent at his disposal. European champions Portugal can testify to that, having gone behind on three separate occasions in the group stages two years ago. Hungary were very close to knocking out the eventual victors altogether, which would’ve changed the complexion of the tournament in the process.

Visitors Scotland were sluggish against Costa Rica but McLeish will have another chance to experiment with his new look squad. The Tartan Army are 13/8 to pick up what would be a fourth victory from seven matches, a run of form that has gone somewhat under the radar due to the failure to qualify for the World Cup. Predecessor Gordon Strachan was a goal away from a play-off berth and there is a reasonable foundation for the returning McLeish to build upon. A good showing at the Groupama Arena would give further encouragement towards the qualifying campaign next March.

The draw in this international friendly preview is 2/1 but appears unlikely, given Hungary’s last stalemate was 18 months ago against Faroe Islands. Moreover, Scotland have been held twice from their last nine matches and it is in the interests of new additions like McTominay and McBurnie to impress and play for the best result.

Adam Szalai is the obvious choice in the first goalscorer market at 6/1. The Hoffenheim striker is averaging over a goal every three international appearances, and will relish the showdown with Scotland captain Charlie Mulgrew and partner Grant Hanley.

Newcastle man Matt Ritchie is 9/1 to net any time during the 90 and there is value here. The winger possesses searing pace and his wicked left foot is likely to head the queue when it comes to dead ball opportunities.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Tom Cairney in the Scottish midfield. The Fulham captain has enjoyed a stellar campaign at Craven Cottage and is technically gifted.

2

We fancy:

The both teams to score predictions offer at 10/11. Other appealing football betting predictions include Hungary to convert in both halves at 7/2.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

A thrilling 3-3 scoreline is 100/1, and these odds conclude this preview’s football score predictions.

Written by Nick Valerio

Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.