Our football match prediction:
Hungary desperately needed a win over Latvia on Thursday evening and they managed to get one. Bernd Storck’s troops managed to keep their hopes of securing their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals alive, but they will have a big fish to fry in Sunday’s football game against star-studded Portugal. Seeing that they are eight points behind A Selecao in the standings, only a win counts for Hungary in this one and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. A lively contest appears on the cards and there is every chance the visitors will have a number of opportunities to score on the break. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Faroe Islands at the weekend and the Real Madrid ace is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. The two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Euro 2016 and we would not be surprised if fans see goals galore at Groupama Arena.
Highlighted Player (Nemanja Nikolics):
Serbian-born 28-year-old striker Nemanja Nikolic is the Hungarian international currently playing Legia Warsaw. Nikolic began his career at Serbian side FK Senta, but his professional debut came in Hungarian club Barcs where he spent one year before he moved to Kaposvoglye. His career took a turn upwards upon the arrival to Kaposvar in 2008. Nikolic managed to notch thirty goals in just 49 appearances, attracting attention from Hungarian biggest sides. His fine form earned him a transfer to heavyweights Videoton in 2010. Almost 150 matches later and 87 goals to hi name, Nemanja Nikolic joined Polish giants Legia, where he continued his fine form by finishing the 2015-16 Ekstraklasa season as the league’s top scorer with 28 goals in 37 matches. Hungarian striker has been linked with a move away from Legia with Premier League sides such as Hull City expressing interest in acquiring his services, but Nikolic remained with his club to take part in Legia’s Champions League campaign.
Highlighted Team (Portugal):
Portugal started competing at the biggest stage in the 1930’s, but they had to wait for almost seventy years to establish themselves as a top side. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Selecao needed another 40 years to get past the group stage, reaching the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Portugal enjoyed more success on the continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held on home soil. Despite being able to count on one of world’s best ever footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selecao have yet to lift a major trophy and they will not have too many opportunities to do so before the Real Madrid superstar retires. Eusebio remains the most famous footballer to have played for Portugal, while Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, Rui Costa and Nani are also worth mention. The Selecao currently boast an impressive pool of world-class talent and it should not be long before they end the trophy drought.