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San Marino vs Hungary Prediction & Match Preview


San Marino vs Hungary Prediction & Match Preview

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28 March 2021 18:45 UK/ 19:45 CET World Cup Qual

David faces Goliath at Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle as San Marino and Hungary go head to head in the 2022 World Cup qualifier on Sunday. 

San Marino suffered a heavy 5-0 loss to England in their opener, and they are once again seen as big underdogs. 

The minnows are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Sunday’s clash, but preventing Hungary attackers from scoring is easier said than done.

The Hungarians looked sharp in front of goal in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Poland, and we are positive that they will roll over San Marino to record their first win of the process. 

Despite scoring a brace in the draw with Poland, Mainz attacker Adam Szalai is likely to be rested for the Andorra game. Experienced attacker Nemanja Nikolics is pushing for a start. 

Anyhow, anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. Defender Attila Fiola is bannedfor the visitors.

San Marino vs Hungary Head-to-head

Teams San Marino Hungary played so far 4 matches.
San Marino won 0 direct matches. Hungary won 4 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 4.75 goals per Match.

San Marino vs Hungary Prediction

San Marino in actual season average scored 0.04 goals per match. In 9 (81.82%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (54.55%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Hungary average scored 1.31 goals per match in season 2021. In 8 (61.54%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (38.46%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Only two members of San Marino's 23-man squad have ever scored for their country – forward Filippo Berardi and left-back Mirko Palazzi – and both are expected to start on Sunday.

Elia Benedettini, who plays for Italian third division outfit Cesena, is the man with the unenviable task of playing in goal, while club teammate Nicola Nanni could start once again in attack.

Hungary centre-back Attila Fiola is suspended after he was shown two yellow cards against Poland, which could see Adam Lang start in his place.

Star midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is ruled out with a thigh injury, but his absence should not be an issue for the visitors when facing San Marino this weekend.

Freiburg's Sallai and Mainz 05's Szalai both scored in the draw with Poland and are both expected to keep their places up front.

Winger Kevin Varga could be one player brought into the first XI at the expense of left wing-back Szilveszter Hangya.

San Marino possible starting lineup:
E. Benedettini; Battistini, Brolli, Rossi, Grandoni, Palazzi; Berardi, Lunadei, Golinucci, Hirsch; Nanni

Hungary possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Lang, Orban, At. Szalai; Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Nagy, Kalmar, K Varga; Sallai, Ad. Szalai