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WC Qualification Europe

  • September 11, 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 22000

Hungary - Netherlands Preview: Van Gaal's men aiming for second victory

Hungary - Netherlands Preview: Van Gaal's men aiming for second victory


Oranjer recorded a hard-fought win over Turkey on Friday and will be looking to add three more points to their tally on Tuesday evening


Vanczak, Liptak, Juhasz, Laczko
Koman, Hajnal, Korcsmar
Priskin, Szalai, Dzsudzsak


Van Rhijn, Heitinga, Martins Indi, Willems
Clasie, Sneijder, Strootman
Narsingh, Van Persie, Robben

National team coach Sandor Egervari will be without several key players for Tuesday's clash with Adam Pinter, Gergely Rudolf, Imre Szabics, Jozsef Varga and Norbert Meszaros all set to miss out, while Zoltan Gera is doubtful due to an Achilles problem.

Egervari is likely to field the same 11 players who beat Andorra 5-0 on Friday, with Tamas Priskin taking the place of the injured Gera as the only change.

Netherlands will have to make do without the services of Leroy Fer on Tuesday after the midfielder picked up a knee injury in the win over Turkey, while shot stopper Tim Krul is sidelined with an elbow injury.

Therefore, Maarten Stekelenburg is likely to return between the sticks, while Jordy Clasie is expected to hold on to his starting berth in midfield following Fer's absence.

Louis van Gaal could drop Daryl Janmaat from his starting XI compared to the Turkey game, with Ajax youngster Ricardo van Rhijn to take his place at right-back.

  • Hungary and Netherlands have met 15 times before, with the Hungarians recording five victories over Tuesday's opponents. Oranje came out victorious on eight occasions, with the remaining two games ending all square. 
  • The home side last qualified for a World Cup in 1986, when they failed to survive the group stage.
  • Hungarian star player Balazs Dzsudzsak plied his trade in the Dutch Eredivisie at PSV from 2008 until 2011, before he left Holland for Anzhi Makhachkala. The winger is currently under contract with Dynamo Moscow.
  • Netherlands have won their last nine World Cup qualification games. Their last loss goes back to September 1 2001, when Ireland proved to be too strong.
  • Robin van Persie (pictured) moved into eighth position on Oranje's all-time topscorers list with his goal against Turkey. The Manchester United star has now netted 30 goals for the Dutch.
  • Holland have scored 39 goals in 16 games under national team coach Louis van Gaal. They have conceded 15 times under their current boss.

Players to watch

B. Dzsudzsák

Position: Midfielder

Games: 5

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The former PSV winger is his side's undisputed star player and will be determined to prove his worth against the Dutch. Dzsudzsak has a history in the Dutch top flight and will run into plenty of familiar faces on Tuesday. That won't hold him back, though, and the Dutch defence could be in for a difficult evening if the Dynamo Moscow attacker is on fire.

R. van Persie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Van Persie somewhat surprisingly got the nod ahead of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar against Turkey and proved his coach right by netting the only goal of the game. The Manchester United star needs only three more goals to match Oranje legend Johan Cruyff on 33 goals for the national side, and Tuesday's encounter with Hungary could be the perfect opportunity to add to his tally.

Editor's Prediction

The hosts will be high on confidence following their comfortable win over Andorra on Friday, while Holland were lucky not to drop points against Turkey as they recorded a hard-fought win. Nevertheless, Louis van Gaal's men will fancy their chances of bagging the full three points on Tuesday. Oranje beat the Hungarians twice on their way to Euro 2012 and have a good record against the Magyars. The individual quality of players such as Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben should be enough for Netherlands to come out victorious.

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