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Hungary vs Serbia match preview
Group G’s top two go head-to-head in Budapest, both targeting three points that would leave them on the cusp of securing European Championships qualification.
A mere 37 days ago, Hungary caused a big upset in the reverse fixture, leaving Stadion Rajko Mitić 2-1 winners, despite the fact Serbia led after just ten minutes, courtesy of Attila Szalai’s unfortunate own goal.
Barnabás Varga fired home an equaliser before, less than 100 seconds later, Willi Orbán poked the away side in front, stunning the Marakana into silence.
This result means Marco Rossi’s side remain unbeaten in Euro qualifying, sat top of the table on ten points, having played four games.
Thus, with a trip to bottom of the standings Lithuania to come on Tuesday, a victory for the Magyars here would be a giant step towards reaching a third successive Euros.
Serbia meantime also kick off with ten points to their name, albeit having played one game more.
The Eagles bounced back from that aforementioned defeat by swatting aside Lithuania in their last outing, courtesy of Aleksandar Mitrović's first half hat-trick at Darius and Girėnas Stadium.
Amazingly, despite reaching three of the last four World Cups, Serbia have never featured at the European Championships as an independent nation, failing in four attempts.
With their last two games against Montenegro and then Bulgaria, both at home, any sort of result here would leave Dragan Stojković’s team well-placed to make history.
Roared on by a partisan home crowd, will Hungary make home advantage count at Puskás Aréna?
Hungary team news
Captain and star centre-back Willi Orbán, who scored the winner in the reverse fixture, is out injured although, in better news, his club teammate Péter Gulácsi is back fit, so will be donning the gloves between the sticks.
Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai will be aiming to add to his seven international goals, the last five of which have come at Puskás Aréna.
English-born Callum Styles made his debut against Serbia 19 months ago, starting 14 of 16 internationals since then, so will once again feature in midfield.
Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Gulácsi; Szalai, Balogh, Lang; Négo, Styles, Nagy, Kerkez; Sallai, Szoboszlai; Varga.
Serbia team news
Despite now plying his trade in Saudi Arabia, Aleksandar Mitrović remains Serbia’s talisman, emphasised by his 22 minute hat-trick in Lithuania last month.
Given that Dušan Vlahović is injured and Luka Jović hasn’t been called-up, Mitrović will be deployed as a lone striker this time.
Vanja Milinković-Savić is the number one goalkeeper these days, while his brother Sergej who, like Mitrović, moved to the Saudi Pro League this summer, will remain vital in midfield.
Captain Dušan Tadić earned his 100th cap last month, just the fourth Serbian man to reach this milestone, now chasing down Branislav Ivanović's national record of 105.
Predicted XI (3-4-3): V Milinković-Savić; Gudelj, Milenković, Veljković; Radonjić, Maksimović, Ilić, Kostić; S Milinković-Savić, Tadić, Mitrović.