Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
David faces Goliath at Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle as San Marino and Hungary go head to head in the 2022 World Cup qualifier on Sunday. San Marino suffered a heavy 5-0 loss to England in their opener, and they are once again seen as big underdogs. The minnows are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Sunday’s clash, but preventing Hungary attackers from scoring is easier said than done.
The Hungarians looked sharp in front of goal in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Poland, and we are positive that they will roll over San Marino to record their first win of the process. Despite scoring a brace in the draw with Poland, Mainz attacker Adam Szalai is likely to be rested for the Andorra game. Experienced attacker Nemanja Nikolics is pushing for a start. Anyhow, anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. Defender Attila Fiola is bannedfor the visitors.
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 (Hungary):
Widely known as the Mighty Magyars during the 1950’s, Hungary national team had the world at its feet as the team featuring Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis and Zoltan Czibor reached the final of the 1954 World Cup, while recording several impressive wins over England and other top sides in international friendlies.
Hungary also made it to the semi-final at the Euro 1964 and Euro 1972, but they have since largely struggled to return to old glory days. The barren run finally came to an end as Foci defeated Norway in the play-off to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, but there still appears to be a huge gap behind the top European sides.
Long-serving goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly has managed to break a 58-year record held by Jozsef Bozsik, having surpassed the 101-cap mark, but Ferenc Puskas still remains the top goalscorer in the history of the national team with an unbelievable record of 84 goals in 85 caps, followed by Sandor Kocsis, who has 75 goals in 68 appearances.