|Int Friendly: Australia v Hungary
Sunday 10th June 1:30am
at Groupama, Budapest, Hungary
|Best: Under 2.5 goals ($1.53)
Value: Under 1.5 goals ($2.75)
Correct Score: Australia 1-0 ($7.00)
Just where did the 4-0 win over the Czech Republic come from! Like most Socceroos fans, The Wolf was left stunned with the final scoreline and the side will get one last hit-out before they take on France in their opening group game at the World Cup. The result with provide the Socceroos with some much needed confidence and building on that performance against Hungary would be a bonus.
Can the Socceroos back it up?
It must be noted that everything went the Socceroos way. The Czechs were the better side in the opening half hour before Risdon found Kruse at the back post who found Leckie square for a tap in. When Nabbout added a second the game opened up and the Socceroos had it all their own way. It is clear that under Van Marwijk, the Socceroos will look to use their wide men at every opportunity which should see a much improved attack. If the Socceroos can continue to score multiple goals there will be nothing but success.
Squad and Formation
Troisi, Karacic, Rukavytsya and Brilliante were the four men to miss out on World Cup selection with the 23 man squad confirmed. The Wolf would like to warn anyone who thinks the Socceroos were perfect against the Czechs. Milligan was exposed on several occasions at the back and our new found willingness to push numbers forward will put further pressure on the dual centre backs. We could see Jedinak get the start over Luongo with MacLaren likely to again share the striking duties with Nabbout. Outside of that, we may not see many changes as Van Marwijk looks to create as much continuity as he can in a short period of time.
Stats That Matter
It has been over a year since the Socceroos won back to back matches with Hungary conceding more than once in only 1 of their last 6 games at home. The Socceroos have won both prior encounters, 3-1 and 3-0, in 1997 and 2000 respectively. Hungary has failed to find the back of the net in 6 of it’s last 13 and 4 of it’s last 8 at home. There has been exactly one goal scored in 4 of their last 5 with at least four goals in 3 of the Socceroos last 4. Australia are also aiming for a 3rd consecutive clean sheet for the first time in almost 3 years.
The Socceroos could turn The Wolf into a bit of a believer if they can replicate the performance they produced against the Czechs. Maintaining a clean sheet will again be priority one so we could see the brakes placed on Behich and Risdon. Australia should again dominate the midfield battle and have enough weapons to find the back of the net. With the opening game just one week away, The Wolf isn’t expecting a frantic pace. Socceroos to grind their way to a 1-0 win.