Our football match prediction:
Hungary failed to impress in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign. The Hungarians played out a goalless draw with Faroe Islands at Torsvollur and they will have even bigger fish to fry in Friday’s football match against Switzerland. The Rossocrociati outplayed Portugal in their opener and they will be looking to build on the triumph when they square off against Hungary at Groupama Arena in Budapest. Switzerland aim to cement top position in Group B, but they will have to be at their sharpest if they are to pick up all three points from the match. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka misses the match through suspension, but the likes of Shaqiri and Embolo are widely expected to make life difficult for the opposition back line. In their last meeting on the international stage Switzerland recorded a 2-1 win over Hungary and, taking everything into account, away win appears on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Nemanja Nikolic):
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 (Switzerland):
While missing the first ever World Cup, Switzerland played at next four, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions, but they were unable to repeat the success in next six appearances. Nati reached the first knockout stage in 1994, 2006 and 2014, but they couldn’t make the next step. When it comes to their European Championship appearances, the situation is even worse, as the team only qualified for the 1996, 2004 and 2016 finals, while they automatically qualified for the 2008 tournament together with co-hosts Austria. Switzerland national team of late have profited from the multicultural environment, as they appear to have closed the gap behind top European sides and also adopted a more adventurous style of play. The new generation is probably the most talented yet, with players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez and Valon Behrami all held in high regard. Nati now have a unique chance to try and reach the closing stages of a major tournament as their key men are either at their peak or will be there in the next couple of years.