Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at Groupama Arena in Budapest pits together Hungary and Latvia. The Hungarians head into the game following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Andorra and Portugal and this has to go down as a must-win match for the hosts. Bernd Storck’s men are eight points behind top two in Group B and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Latvia in the upcoming qualifier. The Latvians have slim chances of booking their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals as well as they have collected only three points from possible 18 in the process and, taking everything into account, the hosts want this win more than the visitors. The Hungarians are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s clash and there is every chance they will record their third win in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group.
Highlighted Player (Adam Lang):
Adam Lang is a Hungarian footballer who plays for Dijon as a centre-back. The centre-back is a product of Veszprem football academy and he continued playing for the club at senior level. Lang scored three goals in 44 appearances in the league for Veszprem, but he played for Gyor and Videoton in his homeland as well. The player who was born on January 17, 1993 made 57 appearances for Gyor, while playing 23 games for Videoton in the Hungarian top flight. In the autumn of 2016 Adam Lang joined French club Dijon and he has been playing for the Mustards ever since. The Hungarian defender played 19 games for Dijon in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign, but he failed to find the net for Olivier Dall’ Oglio’s troops during the season. Adam Lang has five caps for Hungary U21 team and he made his debut for the senior team on May 22, 2014 in a 2-2 draw with Denmark.
Highlighted Team (Latvia):
Latvia is yet another former Soviet republic. The Latvian footballers played for the Soviet Union national team until 1992 and they have been playing for Latvia ever since. The Sarkanbaltsarkanie (Red-white-red) did remarkably well to qualify for the Euro 2004 finals, but they failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in Portugal. Latvia kicked off their Euro 2004 campaign with a 2-1 loss to Czech Republic and they managed to hold Germany to a goalless draw in their second group game. The former Soviet republic suffered a 3-0 loss to Netherlands in their last game in Group D and, as a result, they did not make it to the knockout stages of the European Championship finals. Latvia suffered their biggest defeat on May 29, 1927 when they were beaten by Sweden 12-0 in Stockholm. Speaking of their biggest victory, the Latvians outclassed Lithuania 5-0 on two occasions. The Latvian national football team play their home games at Skonto Stadium in Riga and the capacity of the venues is 9.500.