Preview: Prediction, Team News, and Lineups for Hungary vs. Switzerland

The football teams of Hungary and Switzerland will begin their Euro 2024 journey with a Group A match at the RheinEnergieStadion in Koln on Saturday afternoon.

Group A consists of two countries, Scotland and the host nation, Germany, who will kick off the tournament in Munich on Friday night.

Preview of the Match

On June 8, 2024, Hungary’s Barnabas Varga and his teammates celebrate their second goal together.

Following their unsuccessful attempt to advance past the group stage in Euro 2020, there is a great deal of hope surrounding Hungary as they prepare for Euro 2024. Many experts are considering Marco Rossi‘s team to be one of the underdogs to watch in the upcoming tournament.

Since the start of 2023, Hungary has suffered only one defeat in their previous 14 international matches. They maintained an undefeated streak during the Euro 2024 qualifying round, winning five matches and drawing three out of eight, which resulted in them topping their group for the first time.

Hungary, currently placed 26th in the FIFA rankings, is preparing for their third consecutive appearance in the European Championship. After their comfortable 3-0 win against Israel in their last preparation game, they have travelled to Germany for the tournament.

In the first 22 minutes, the Magyars quickly scored three goals with an 11th-minute goal by Roland Sallai and two goals by Barnabas Varga. This comfortable win provided a much-needed boost for Rossi’s team after experiencing a surprise 2-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in a friendly match just four days ago.

Hungary will be eager to have a victorious beginning in Group A of the Euro 2024 tournament. However, they will face a strong Swiss team who have emerged victorious in six out of their nine previous encounters.

The upcoming match on Saturday will mark only the second occasion where Hungary and Switzerland will face each other in a major tournament. The previous encounter, which took place at the 1938 World Cup, ended in a 2-0 victory for Hungary. However, in their subsequent two international meetings, Switzerland emerged victorious, scoring a total of eight goals.

Switzerland, who holds the 19th rank in the FIFA world rankings, faced a tough qualification journey for Euro 2024 and managed to secure four victories and five draws in 10 matches, ultimately coming in second in their group after Romania.

Manager Murat Yakin faced mounting pressure towards the end of last year due to his team’s unconvincing campaign. However, despite this, the 49-year-old has managed to retain his position and is now getting ready for his first Euros as the Swiss boss. His cause has been strengthened by a four-game unbeaten streak since the start of the year.

Ahead of Euro 2024, Switzerland demolished Estonia with a score of 4-0 in their initial preparation match. This was followed by a 1-1 tie against Austria last weekend, as Christoph Baumgartner‘s early goal was cancelled out by Silvan Widmer.

The responsibility lies on Yakin to guide Switzerland towards the elimination rounds and follow the path of his forerunners. The Swiss team has successfully progressed from the group stage in the past five European Championships and notably made it to the quarter-finals at Euro 2020. This achievement is one that they hope to repeat this season.

Information about the Team

The captain of Hungary was substituted during the friendly match against Israel due to a slight hamstring problem, however this was only as a precautionary measure. The midfielder from Liverpool is now fully fit and ready to play in an attacking position alongside Roland Sallai, who is on track to reach his 50th cap.

It is expected that Rossi will use a 3-4-2-1 formation in which Adam Lang, Willi Orban and Attila Szalai will line up in the central defence, while experienced goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi will be protected.

Loic Nego and Milos Kerkez will be playing as wing-backs, while Adam Nagy and Andras Schafer will partner up in the midfield. Leading the attack for Ferencvaros will be Barnabas Varga, who had an impressive 29 goals last season.

Switzerland’s Steven Zuber sustained an injury to his calf during the team’s friendly match against Austria and was limited to individual training on Wednesday. This puts his availability for Saturday’s game in question.

Nevertheless, the pair of Monaco footballers Breel Embolo and Denis Zakaria have overcome their injury concerns and joined the team’s training sessions this week. This could potentially make them eligible for selection in the team’s lineup for the upcoming match against Hungary.

Some well-known players such as Granit Xhaka, Manuel Akanji, and Xherdan Shaqiri are likely to be in the starting lineup, along with Zeki Amdouni, who plays for Burnley and has netted seven goals in 15 games for his country.

Probable lineup for Hungary:

Gulacsi; Lang, Orban, Szalai; Nego, A. Nagy, Schafer, Kerkez; Szoboszlai, Sallai; Vargas

Potential starting lineup for Switzerland:

Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Freuler, Xhaka, Ndoye; Shaqiri, Vargas; Amdouni

 Tip for Hungary vs Switzerland

The two countries are aware that winning on Saturday would greatly benefit their efforts to advance to the next round. However, they may choose to approach this match in a practical manner, potentially leading to a tightly contested game in Koln.

There is a good possibility that Hungary will be able to score in their upcoming game, as they have managed to find the back of the net in their previous 11 international matches. However, we anticipate that the seasoned Swiss team will also be able to secure a draw in their first group-stage match.

Tip: Hungary and Switzerland draw 1-1

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