Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Sunday’s football game at Puskas Arena pits together Hungary and Russia, the two teams who proved their worth at the start of the new UEFA Nations League campaign. Hungary outplayed Turkey on the road in their opener, with teenage midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai scoring the winner. The 19-year-old is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up, but, as always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Mainz attacker Adam Szalai.
Russia, on the other hand, did well to beat Serbia 3-1 in Moscow, with experienced striker Artem Dzyuba scoring a brace. Stanislav Cherchesov’s men aim to keep their 100% record intact, but given Hungary’s performance in the 1-0 win over Turkey, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Alan Dzagoev remains on the sidelines through injury for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Adam Nagy):
Adam Nagy is a Hungarian footballer who plays for Serie A side Bologna as a midfielder. Nagy began his professional career at Ferencvaros and he made 26 appearances in the league for the Hungarian club. The 178-cm-tall player impressed at Euro 2016 and, as a result, Bologna chiefs decided to sign him in the summer transfer window.
Adam Nagy joined the Serie A club on July 14, 2016 and he has been playing for the Rossoblu ever since. The Hungary international quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Bologna and in December 2016 he was voted the team’s Player of the Month.
Speaking of his international career, Adam Nagy played for Hungary U20 team at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and he made his senior debut for the Hungarian national team on September 7, 2015 in a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of playing a central midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Russia):
While they won the 1960 European Championship, while losing in the final in 1964, 1972 and 1988 as Soviet Union, Russia have enjoyed little success since starting to compete as an independent country in 1992.
Their best result up to date is the third-placed finish at the Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, while the team failed to get past the group stage at the World Cup finals in three attempts. However, with Russian Premier League getting stronger by the day, the national team have started to improve as well, and they now finally seem capable of matching the world’s top sides.
The new generation includes high-quality footballers such as Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Kokorin, Artyom Dzyuba and Oleg Shatov, while the likes of Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Roman Shirokov and Yuri Zhirkov are nearing the closing stages of their careers. But, with plenty of exciting talent coming through the ranks, future definitely looks bright for the Russia national team.