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Match Preview: Wales vs Hungary

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Wales will welcome Hungary to the Cardiff City Stadium, as both sides go head to head for the second place in Group E.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs is on the verge of achieving something he never managed to do as a player – lead the Dragons to a major international tournament.

A true Premier League legend and arguably the greatest Welsh footballer of all time, Ryan Giggs took over the national team in January 2018 when they were already out of chances for sealing a place at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The 45-year-old now needs a victory over Hungary to guide Wales in what would be their second consecutive appearance at the European Championships.

The visitors, on the other hand, would settle for a draw, as they also chase back-to-back appearances at the UEFA Euros.

They are currently sitting in second in Group E with a one-point advantage over the Dragons and five behind already-qualified Croatia.

Team news

Wales have called up Aberdeen winger Ryan Hedges for the visit of Hungary on Tuesday,
while Joe Allen returns after serving a suspension against Azerbaijan last time out.

Bournemouth loanee Harry Wilson should keep his place in the starting XI, as he was directly involved in both goals in the 2-0 win against Azerbaijan, along with Manchester United’s new star Daniel James.

Hungary will be without Zsolt Kalmar for their trip to Wales as the midfielder picked up an injury against Uruguay that forced him off late on.


Hungary have never tasted victory on their four visits to Wales, but the Magyars have managed to get one draw, which would do the job for them on Tuesday evening.

Only two of Wales’ seven games in the EURO 2020 qualifying campaign saw more than two goals, as the Dragons have the best defensive record in Group E with only six goals conceded.

The Dragons are unbeaten in their last five outings, since the 1-0 defeat in Budapest (vs Hungary) in the fourth qualifying round.

They have registered four wins and one draw (1-1 against Croatia) in the five games they’ve hosted in 2019.

Hungary have registered just one win from the last 12 games they’ve played on the road across all competitions, losing nine in the process.