Hungary vs Holland: Live Stream, TV Info & Preview 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Hungary and Holland are both unbeaten after the first set of games in the UEFA 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, and now both teams will vie for the top spot in Group D.
The Netherlands beat Turkey 2-0 while Hungary crushed Andorra 5-0.
The next game will prove to be significantly more difficult for the Hungarians, as the Dutch will try to slowly regain their confidence after a disappointing performance at Euro 2012.
Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming match.
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: Tuesday, September 11, 2:30 p.m. ET
Watch: Eurosport2 UK (Replay)
Live Stream: ESPN3
Will the Dutch finish first in Group D?
Biggest Storyline: Will the Dutch Play Together?
At Euro 2012, the Netherlands looked disjointed and unorganized during much of their matches, and it led to a lackluster offensive performance.
There is an overwhelming amount of attacking talent available to Louis van Gaal. But it was clear in Poland and Ukraine that the best players do not always play well together.
Against less-talented opponents, the Dutch can get by purely on talent, but the team’s stars must develop chemistry during the qualifiers, or they will suffer another disappointing performance in Brazil.
Player to Watch for Hungary: Tamas Priskin
With captain Zoltan Gera likely out of the match due to injury, Priskin will be called upon to put pressure on the Dutch defense.
The 25-year-old has 12 goals in 40 appearances for his country, making him the second-leading goal-scorer behind Gera. Priskin, who plays for Alania Vladikavkaz in Russia, will certainly have to add to his goal total in order for the Hungarians to have a chance in this game.
Holland Player to Watch: Robin van Persie
The Dutchman is off to a soaring start after moving to Manchester United. He failed to score after coming on as a substitute against Everton, but he scored four goals in his first two starts for the Red Devils.
But the striker’s chemistry with Wesley Sneijder has deteriorated as the two attackers have feuded over the past four years. If van Persie and Sneijder can’t make nice, both of their talents will be wasted.
Key Matchup: Dutch Back Line vs. Hungarian Attack
With players like van Persie, Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar available to Louis Van Gaal as attacking options, it is unlikely that the Hungarians keep the Netherlands out of the goal.
The underdogs’ only hope is to take advantage of a Dutch defense that is not overly impressive. If the Netherlands can stay organized at the back, the Hungarians have little chance to earn points in this game.
What They’re Saying
With the Netherlands’ lackluster performances in 2012, The Guardian’s Amy Lawrence notes that the hype surrounding the team is significantly softer than it often is heading towards a World Cup. She writes, "All in all, expectations heading into a round of World Cup qualifiers are cooler than they would normally be. There has certainly been enough food for thought to keep a glutton busy for a while."
Reuters’ Brian Homewood, via The Daily Star, notes that Hungary has a glorious football history, and although the country has struggled in the modern era, this current squad has given its supporters reason for hope. He writes, “Hungary, who revolutionized football in the 1950s, have not qualified for a senior tournament since the 1986 World Cup but are now on the way up again, having reached a best-ever 27th in the FIFA rankings last year.”
Final Score: Holland 4, Hungary 1
This match will not be close, as the attacking talent for the Dutch is simply too much for the Hungarian defense to contain.
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