England’s relentless march to the World Cup continued on Saturday night with a merciless 5-0 victory in Andorra. And while the scoreline was to be expected, what will really have pleased Gareth Southgate was the form of some of his fringe players.
Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish all found the net, with Phil Foden also impressing with a range of passing that at times must have reminded Southgate of his old team-mate Paul Gascoigne.
When: Tuesday, October 12, 7:45pm BST
Where: Wembley Stadium
How to watch: ITV
Best bets for England vs Hungary
England top Group I with six wins and a draw from seven matches, scoring at a prodigious rate of over three goals a game, and they easily won the reverse fixture 4-0.
And the visitors’ task is made even more difficult by the fact that The Three Lions are on a remarkable streak of 12 successive World Cup qualifying victories on home soil, and they have not lost at Wembley since 2018.
After chaotic scenes in the reverse fixture, England will be even happier to be back home, but the way Gareth Southgate‘s men coped in the Budapest bearpit bodes well for their latest clash with Hungary.
And not that they would admit it publicly but we reckon the antics of the home fans in the Hungarian capital will motivate England to really take it to their opponents, so our first selection is England -2 on the handicap.
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Last three meetings between England and Hungary
Hungary 0-4 England (World Cup qualifier – September 2, 2021)
The first meeting between these two sides for 11 years was eventful both on and off the pitch, as England won comfortably thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice.
And an unexpected plus for all the scorers was a nice refreshing drink courtesy of the many cups launched from the stands at the celebrating England players!
All jokes aside, the abuse from the stands was something that has no place in the game, and all England fans would have been delighted to see Sterling in particular find the net and Hungary punished by having to play their next home game against Albania behind closed doors.
England 2-1 Hungary (International friendly – August 11, 2010)
Back when it was appropriate to call a matchup between these two sides a ‘friendly’ clash, England hosted Hungary in their first game since their ill-fated 2010 World Cup campaign ended with a 4-1 defeat by Germany and Frank Lampard‘s goal that never was!
Fabio Capello’s men had fallen behind at Wembley after a Phil Jagielka own goal, but were hauled back into the game by Steven Gerrard, who netted twice in four second-half minutes to secure the victory.
England 3-1 Hungary (International friendly – May 30, 2006)
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s so-called ‘golden generation’ of England players continued their preparations for the 2006 World Cup with a 3-1 win over Hungary at Old Trafford.
Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Peter Crouch netted for the hosts to secure a win that enhanced their reputations further, but sadly it all ended in familiar fashion, losing on penalties to Portugal in Germany.
Last five head-to-heads
England wins: 3
Hungary wins: 1
England goals: 12
Hungary goals: 3
Expect another clean sheet at Wembley
Unsurprisingly for a side managed by a former international defender, the recent success of the Three Lions has been built from the back, with England having conceded just two goals in seven World Cup qualifying matches.
Ignoring their results against group minnows Andorra and San Marino, Hungary have largely struggled to break down their Group I opponents, failing to score in both games against Albania and in the reverse fixture against England.
A 1-0 defeat at home to Albania was a surprising result last time out and the visitors already look like their race is run in Group I, so we’re backing England to win to nil.
Yellow fever once again
England’s last four qualifying matches have contained an average of six bookings per game and it will surprise no one to learn that there were five in the reverse fixture.
And if Hungary are to have any chance at Wembley their gameplan will once again be to unsettle the hosts, which as we all know often crosses the line into (quite literally) foul play.
And with no love lost between these two sides we can see a card-happy encounter once again, so our third selection is over 42.5 booking points, at the current price of 11/10.
Goalscorer bets for England vs Hungary
After coming on as a late substitute against Andorra, Jack Grealish made an instant impact, winning the penalty from which James Ward-Prowse ultimately profited and more importantly, opening his own England account.
After the match, Gareth Southgate spoke about how Grealish can improve his game by getting into goalscoring positions more often, and with the psychological boost of his first England goal in the bag we reckon Grealish will waste no time in taking that advice to heart.
The Man City ace is currently 2/1 to find the net once again, which is great value as Grealish looks to have a strong chance of making the starting line-up. But even if he has to settle for a place on the bench, a second-half cameo would surely spell trouble for tired Hungarian defenders.