2nd Leg Between Hungary and Norway to Decide First Euro 2016 Qualified TeamPublished November 15, 2015 by Florin P
Hungary tries to return to Euro after a four-decade drought (7:45 p.m UK Time)
Hungary clawed its way to the playoffs and despite being the only team to lose against Greece in Group F, they are still in the race for Euro 2016. It’s been a while since they played in a tournament of this magnitude and they were lucky to be drawn against Norway. The visitors were on the brink of elimination, but brilliantly rebounded in the final two months and won’t give up easily.
Ambitious Project for Manager Storck
When the German took over, Hungary was very much alive in the race for qualification but the team was struggling heavily up front. The new manager changed the starting formation and is now using a classic 4-4-2 lineup with Bode and Nemeth as strikers. The latter scored twice against Greece but that was not enough, as the backline crumbled in the last 10 minutes of the match.
The difference between that fixture and the second leg against Norway is that now everything is on the line and a scoreless draw wouldn’t help. Storck must stick to his strategy and hope that it will deliver the expected results, but punters would be better off betting on the number of goals. Bet365 sports will more than double your successful wagers if you bet on more than 2.5 goals to be scored at odds of 2.10.
Norway Has Edge in Head to Head Matches
The Scandinavian nation had the advantage of winning four of the last five games against Hungary including three in a row. It is the most recent three matches that actually matter because these were played over the last decade, whereas Hungary claimed its victories many decades ago.
Soderlund is used as the sole striker in most fixtures, but despite spending so many minutes up front he only leads in number of decisive passes. The top scorer is Tettey, followed by two other midfielders so the home side can’t afford to focus exclusively on the danger posed by strikers.