Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over star-studded Germany, Hungary will look to seal their spot in the Nations League final-four when they take on Italy at Puskas Arena. A man to watch in the home team will be Basel forward Adam Szalai, who scored the winner against Hansi Flick’s troops, while head coach Marco Rossi has no fresh injury worries. The Azzurri, on the other hand, face a must-win situation if they are to clinch top position in Group 3.
Hungary, though, are enjoying a Nations League campaign to remember, and we predict that they will hold Roberto Mancini’s troops to a draw. Napoli forward Giacomo Raspadori should keep his place up front alongside West Ham man Gianluca Scamacca after scoring the winner against England. Mancini is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Three Lions on Friday evening.
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 (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.
After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.
There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.