Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
All eyes will be on Puskas Arena when Hungary and Iceland face each other in the Euro 2021 playoffs final. Hungary have been impressive at the back of late, with the team keeping a clean sheet in each of their previous two group games in the Nations League, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the decider. Experienced attacker Nemanja Nikolic is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
The Icelanders, on the other hand, head into the playoffs final following back-to-back defeats to Denmark and Belgium. Iceland are not regarded as good travellers, but seeing that they are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s clash, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Premier League ace Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has netted 24 goals in 76 appearances for the national team to date.
Highlighted Player (Willi Orban):
Willi Orban was born on 3 November, 1992 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Orban plays as a centre back, but he can operate as a defensive midfielder as well. The 185-cm-tall footballer is a product of Kaiserslautern’s youth academy and he played 35 league games for the reserve team between 2011 and 2013.
Orban made his debut for the first team in 2011, against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. The Kaiserslautern footballer made 68 league appearances for Kaiserslautern, scoring 7 goals for the German outfit between 2011 and 2015, but in May 2015 he signed a contract with Leipzig. Kaislerslautern fans were very angry with the defender when he decided to join die Bullen.
Willi Orban has two caps for Germany U21, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. He has a contract with Leipzig, which expires on 30 June, 2019. Willi Orban has a dual citizenship (Germany, Hungary).
Highlighted Team (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century.
The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake.
As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.