Northern Ireland pushes for another European tournament qualification, after the other ones in recent history have turned to be a disaster. Smaller teams have been boosted in their attempts to qualify after UEFA changed the format of the competition allowing more teams to qualify. Northern Ireland travel to Hungary for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier and hope to break the curse of almost never winning against them.
Hungary come into the match after an unbeaten run of three matches, narrowly missed qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil and without a European tournament appearance since 1976. On home soil they look quite impressive having lost this year only to Finland back in March. The hosts intend to live up to their name The Magical Magyars during these qualifications and earn back the respect their team had back in the 50’s with the great Ferenc Puskas.
Northern Ireland have injury worries without even starting the qualification campaign as Stuart Dallas and Ryan McLaughlin had to step back from the national team. Apart from that, Northern Ireland sport horrible results being unable to win in 8 matches. Michael O’Neill is optimistic about his team, and says that this time around they have much more potential to do well, asserting that: “All the players have had a decent pre-season and we’ll feel the benefit of that.”
Hungary are the obvious favorites to win the match at 1.45 with Unibet, as Northern Ireland gets 7.25 and a draw at 4.00. Hungary to lead at half time is at 2.08, Northern Ireland at 6.40 and both teams to score are at 2.45, while we’re betting 8 units on home team to score in both halves at 2.60 with Unibet.
Hungary: Team’s Formation
Northern Ireland: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Home team to score in both halves