Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Croatia and Azerbaijan, Hungary will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Wales at their Groupama Arena. The Hungarians have been impressive in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to qualify for the next year’s European Championship.
A man to watch in the home team will be Leipzig defender Willi Orban, who scored a brace in the 3-1 win over the Azeri. The Dragons, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Croatia, but seeing that the hosts seem to be on top of their game ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier, we predict that Gareth Bale and Co. are going to return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind, though, that Wales emerged triumphant in each of their previous three meetings in all competitions.
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 (Wales):
Despite being part of the United Kingdom, Wales national football team has been competing in FIFA tournaments since 1950, although they have so far only reached two tournament finals. The Dragons surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but little did they know that it would remain their only World Cup appearance up to date.
Wales had plenty of problems in the European Championship qualifiers as well, but they finally managed to end the barren run by securing their place at the Euro 2016 in France. Led by the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams, the Dragons performed admirably throughout the campaign and even reached the 8th position in the FIFA Rankings in October 2015.
Neville Southall remains the team’s most capped player, but the generation that included Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and John Hartson will also be remembered for some impressive performances against top European national teams.