The hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat to Italy in the mid-week, while the Germans were held to a 1-1 draw by England in their last game.
Hungary will host Germany in the UEFA Nations League fixture at Puskas Arena Park on Saturday. The hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat to the European champions Italy at Stadio Dino Manuzzi in the mid-week while the Germans were held to a 1-1 draw by England in their last game. After completion of two rounds of games, Magyarok sit at the second spot in League A Group 3, with three points, behind Italy, while Germany are placed at the third spot with two points from as many games. Meanwhile both sides have faced each other on 35 occasions and none of them have a clear advantage. Die Mannschaft has recorded 13 wins, 11 draws and 11 defeats.
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— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) June 10, 2022
Marco Rossi’s side began their 2022-23 Nations League campaign with a memorable 1-0 upset victory over England earlier this month. Dominik Szobszlai scored the lone goal of the match from the penalty spot in the second-half. And then, against the Azzurri, Magyarok proved a tough nut to crack but then, the hosts managed to clinch three points. Nicolò Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini found the back of the net for Italy, while the visitors pulled one back through Gianluca Mancini’s own goal. Hungary has been pretty inconsistent in the last 12 months or so, having registered 5 wins, three defeats and a draw in their last 10 games.
Germany on the other hand, are using these fixtures to prepare themselves for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year. Hansi flick’s side are yet to register their first win, having drawn both of their last two Nations League games. Against Italy, Pellegrini broke the deadlock for the hosts before Joshua Kimmich quickly equalised to share the points. And then, on home turf, Joshua Kimmich gave the lead to the hosts before Harry Kane’s late equaliser from the penalty spot broke the German hearts and shared the spoils. It was their third successive 1-1 draw in all competitions. Meanwhile Germany’s form this year hasn’t been very great by their standards, having won only once and drawn thrice in their four games in 2022 so far.
Hungary midfielder Andras Schafer will be out with suspension after the 23-year-old picked up his second booking of the tournament last time out. Therefore, Balint Vecsei is likely to be deployed in the middle of the park. The attacking trio of Dominik Szboszlai, Adam Szalai and Roland Sallai are unlikely to be changed. Meanwhile the Germans will definitely have to manage without forward Marco Reus, who is sidelined with a muscle fiber tear. Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry has a slight calf issue and his availability is still not sure. Chelsea-man Timo Werner, who came off the bench in the previous match could find a place in the starting XI ahead of Jamal Musiala.
Hungary probable starting lineup: Gulacsi, At. Sazalai, Lang, Orban, Fiola, Vecsei, A. Nagy, Z. Nagu, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Ad. Szalai.
Germany probable starting lineup: Neuer, Hofmann, Rudiger, Sule, Raum, Kimmich, Goretzka, Sane, Muller, Havertz, Werner.
The UEFA Nations League fixture between Hungary and Germany will take place at the Puskas Arena Park and it will kickoff at 12:15 am IST on June 12, Sunday
Select UEFA Nations League 2022-23 matches will be telecast live on the Sony TEN network in India. Besides, live streaming of these matches will be available on SonyLIV and JioTV apps and OTT platforms in India.