International Friendlies | Ireland VS Hungary; Wednesday 05 June at 02:45 GMT +8

Despite UEFA’s expansion in the number of teams participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, the Republic of Ireland failed to secure an appearance after the last qualifying cycle. The Boys in Green finished in 4th place in Group B with France, Netherlands, Greece, and Gibraltar, with only six points. They had a poor run in the UEFA Nations League B before the EURO Qualifiers, finishing 3rd and securing survival through a win against Armenia. Meanwhile, Hungary has been on the rise, performing well in the UEFA Nations League A, finishing second with only one point behind the top spot. In the EURO Qualifiers, Hungary secured the top spot without losing a single match, making them the 14th-favorite to win the EURO title.

The Republic of Ireland has suffered six losses in eight games in the EURO Qualifiers, with only one win against Gibraltar. They have also struggled in the next three friendly games against Switzerland, Belgium, and New Zealand. Hungary, on the other hand, has been playing excellent football, undefeated in the last 14 and winning the previous three. They have recently won against England, Germany, and Serbia. Based on their recent performances, it is believed that Hungary is a better team and should secure a draw in this game.

The absences of Chiedozie Ogbene, Evan Ferguson, Nathan Collins, Gavin Bazunu, and John Egan for upcoming friendlies against Hungary and Portugal pose a significant problem for the Boys in Green, who struggle to score even with their best squad. Coach O’Shea has called Leicester’s striker Thomas Cannon, who has not had a great season in the Championship, but has been highly regarded by O’Shea, suggesting he could become a valuable player soon.

The team is expected to have minimal injuries, with Zsolt Kalar, Attila Fiola, and Peter Szappanos missing upcoming games and Euro. Coach Marco Rossi plans to use these friendlies to test his squad, with an offensive 3-4-3 formation against the Republic of Ireland.

Predicted lineups:


Goalkeeper: Caoimhín Kelleher
Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy, Dara O’shea, Andrew Omobamidele, Robbie Brady
Midfielders: Josh Cullen, Mikey Johnston, Sammie Szmodics, Jason Knight
Forwards: Adam Idah


Goalkeeper: Péter Gulácsi
Defenders: Adam Lang, Attila Szalai, Willi Orban
Midfielders: Loic Nego, Adam Nagy, Dominik Szoboszlai, Milos Kerkez
Forwards: Martin Adam, Barnabas Varga, Roland Sallai

  • Ireland – — wins
  • Hungary – — wins
  • Draws – 2

Over all competition record

Hungary and Ireland may face a draw, with a hard-fought 1-1 score at full-time.

Winning probability:

Ireland – 37%

Draw -26 %

Hungary – 37%

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