England is on the verge of securing a place in the 2022 World Cup after defeating Andorra 5-0 on Saturday. It was England's sixth win in seven Group I matches. They will host Hungary on Tuesday, hoping to add to their 19 points so far and extend their lead in the group.
England, a free-scoring team, has scored 15 goals in their last five games. They selected a second-string team against Andorra and still won 5-0, demonstrating not only their depth but also their strength. In the last five games, 11 of the 15 goals have come in the second half. With 21 wins in 28 World Cup qualification matches, England is undefeated, and they have won 12 consecutive games at home. The last time England lost at home in World Cup qualifiers was against Germany in 2000, and they haven't lost in 26 games since then.
Hungary doesn't have the numbers that England does; for starters, they're coming off a 1-0 loss to Albania and haven't kept a clean sheet in their last seven games. They have one victory and four losses in their previous eight games, and they have failed to score in three of their last four. They have lost three of their four World Cup qualifying matches. In their last five World Cup qualification matches, they've given up eight goals, all of which came in the second half.
Hungary has one clean sheet and three losses in its last five World Cup qualification road matches. This will be their 13th match with England, who have ten wins and Hungary one in the previous twelve. Hungary was defeated 4-0 in their first match in this group.
England is heavily favoured to win this match, and they are expected to attack right away. Hungary is the underdog in this match, and they will not play an open game. I anticipate them lining up defensively in order to frustrate England. The Three Lions might still be able to break them down in the second half, when exhaustion sets in.
Hungary has lost their magic touch since Euro 2020, and another qualifying campaign for the visitors looks poised to end in shambles. This is a game that I believe England will win.
Kickoff Time: The match will be played today at 8 PM Nigerian time.
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