Italy will host Hungary in Cesena on Tuesday evening, May 7, in the second leg of the UEFA Nations League. Can we expect another sensation from the visitors? Full statistics and current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet app.
The Scuadra Azzurra will miss their second World Cup in a row! Contrary to expectation, they finished second in their qualifying group, losing out directly to Switzerland in Qatar. Roberto Mancini’s side have scored 16 points in 8 games. Last summer, the country enjoyed a victorious Euros, with the Italians not suffering a single defeat, beating England at Wembley in the final. Possibly too much for the players to handle at the continental championships – they had already drawn twice in the World Cup qualifiers in September (against Bulgaria and Switzerland), then crashed out of the Nations League semi-finals before losing to Spain 1-2 in the final.
It seemed that the first round of the play-offs would be trouble-free for the Bilo-Syni, facing a modest North Macedonia. However, a rare counter-attack by the underdog in the closing stages of the game resulted in a stray goal from outside the box. Last Wednesday, the hosts lost 3-0 to Argentina in Finalissima before drawing a 1-1 draw with Germany in the first leg of the Nations League.
Hungary had a poor showing in qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar, finishing just fourth in their qualifying group. They scored 17 points in 10 rounds, scored 19 goals and conceded 13. The Whites made some noise at the Euros last summer when they took points from the top two sides in the quartet of death against France, Germany and Portugal and virtually held on to a draw with the Southerners. Since then, however, the hosts have only managed to beat Andorra, San Marino and an unmotivated Poland in official meetings.
Last season, Hungary finished top of their Liga B group and secured promotion to the top division of the UEFA Nations League. In the first leg of the competition, the Tricolours unexpectedly thrashed England, who beat Dominique Soboslái on penalties (1-0) (2.5pm).
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Italy have an impressive record against Hungary, winning 16 of their 33 meetings. However, the last time the teams faced each other was back in 2007 in a friendly sparring and the Hungarians were 3-1 up.
Italy vs Hungary
The Italians will want to rehabilitate themselves in front of their fans after a humiliating defeat at Finalissima, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to do that. The current generation of Azzurri are a mixture of talented wunderkinds and experienced Wolves, with everyone on the pitch complementing each other in Mancini’s tactical intricacies. The visitors have a far more modest squad and were lucky not to concede a goal against England on Saturday. The underdogs are unlikely to pull off another sensation against the motivated favourites, so we’re betting on the home side to win with a -1 handicap.