Euro 2020 Fantasy Football Tips – Hungary
Euro 2020 Fantasy Football Tips by the Hub’s Euros’ expert @CoysFPL.
In this team preview series, Dan reviews all 24 teams participating in Euro 2020 and details their route from qualification, expected lineups, best player picks, under the radar gems and players to avoid.
Route from qualification:
Hungary finished fourth of the five teams in their qualifying group. Despite that, they only finished two points behind Wales in second, and had to take on tougher opposition than average in Croatia and Slovakia.
They only scored eight, which was the lowest of any qualified team, and were even beaten by the likes of Kazakstan, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Kosovo. Slovakia scored the second least of all qualified teams, yet they still scored five more than Hungary.
Defensively, Hungary conceded 11 and kept two clean sheets: a far more respectable record.
In the play-offs, they had to overcome Bulgaria and Iceland, which they did without need for a penalty shootout, winning 3-1 against the Bulgarians and 2-1 against the Icelanders.
In the Nations League, Hungary competed in League B, finishing top in their group with Turkey, Russia and Serbia.
They were only defeated once, kept four clean sheets and did the double over highly rated Turkey. The campaign resulted in a promotion to League A.
This year, Hungary maintain an unbeaten World Cup qualifying record, with wins over Andorra and San Marino and a draw against Poland.
In conclusion, Hungary’s results have certainly come on since the disappointing qualifying campaign. Their excellent Nations League campaign – particularly defensively, shows they have it in them to cause an upset.
Moreover, I have a feeling their Group of Death may actually aid their potential success – Portugal, France and Germany will treat the fixture as the ‘must-win’ game, which may actually benefit them depending on the way you see it.
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Euro 2020 Hungary expected lineup
Botka – Orban – Szalai
Fiola – Kleinheisler – Nagy – Gazdag – Hangya
Sallai – Szalai
Endre Botka‘s spot is the most at risk in the 11: Gergo Lovrencsics could come in for him, which would move Attila Fiolo to centre back. Adam Lang could also play instead of Botka.
Szilveszter Hangya should start over Filip Holenger to provide more defensive cover.
Zlolt Kalmer and key-man Dominik Szoboslai have been ruled out of the competition so Daniel Gazdag and Laszlo Kleinheisler could deputise for them. That being said, the more defensive-minded David Siger could also start in one of those two positions.
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Euro 2020 Hungary best player picks:
Rolland Sallai tallied up a nice record of eight goals and four assists for Freiburg in the Bundesliga, and has international form of late, with three goals and an assist in six caps this season (two goals and the assist came in his last two games). Furthermore, he should take penalties.
Peter Gulasci might have the most saves to make of any goalkeeper in the group stage, so for that reason he is a good option. Hungary actually kept an impressive four clean sheets in their challenging Nations League Group B campaign.
Under the radar players:
Daniel Gazdag is an interesting option. He wouldn’t be near the line-up if Szoboslai and Kalmer were fit, but now he makes for a tempting budget enabler. Gazdag will get a share of set-pieces, and racked up 18 goals and eight assists in 35 appearances this season.
Willi Orban and Attila Szalai both provide good threat from set-pieces. Orban scored four times in the Bundesliga this season and has five goals in just 20 caps. Szalai is yet to score for country, but scored six times for Fenerbahce in all competitions this season.
Wing-backs Attila Fiola and Szilveszter Hangya should get into advanced positions. However, Hangya isn’t nailed and Fiola could be moved to the right of the back three. Fiola scored once and assisted four for Hungarian top-tier side Fehervar, so Orban and Szalai’s numbers are far superior.
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Players to avoid:
Forward Adam Szalai only scored one Bundesliga goal this season, despite making 18 appearances. Despite scoring twice and assisting in the last international break, he scored only once in eight qualifying starts. I prefer Sallai.
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