Euro 2016 play-offs: Hungary host Norway for deciding duel
Holly Thackeray | November 13, 2015
Hungary v Norway
- Euro 2016 play-offs
- Sunday, November 15th
- Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
- Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary
- Live on Sky Sports 5
Can Hungary make home advantage count?
It’s been almost 30 years since Hungary (7/4 with Coral to win in 90 minutes) last packed their bags for a major tournament, but now the Magical Magyars are within touching distance of a place at the Euro 2016 finals, after stunning Norway in the first-leg of their play-off.
Now for the reverse, Hungary have home advantage as they welcome the Norwegians back to Budapest, and they will need to make the most of it.
The Scandinavians showed much intent in Oslo, though were repeatedly denied by the safe hands of former Crystal Palace keeper Gabor Kiraly, who is 3/1 to help the Hungarians win to nil by keeping a clean sheet again.
Alternatively, a splitting of the spoils is priced nicely at 21/10, as with Bernd Storck’s boys keen to cling on to their lead a draw in normal time would more than do.
Young prospect and match-winner in Oslo, Laszlo Kleinheisler, wil be seeking to repeat his sensational debut scoring feat. While, Hoffenheim hitman Adam Szalai is also one to watch out for, and lucky Coral customers can back the striker at 5/1 to score with Hungary to win, in a cracking match special (max stake £20). Yet, the Magical Magyars men will have to do without former Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera, now 36, who misses the vital match through suspension.
Norway need to up their game
Nordic nation Norway are 9/5 for a victory on the road and must put their foot on the gas as they arrive in the Hungarian capital, where they have previously defeated their hosts 2-0. That scoreline in the Scandinavian side’s favour is 11/1 to occur again, but Norway must be aggressive from the off against their canny opponents.
Perhaps the Norwegians can benefit from now being slight underdogs, with their former favourites tag now firmly shaken after the first leg defeat. The visitors’ form away from home is promising, with three victories from five as guests in qualifying.
Norway’s net threats, including Norwich City midfielder Alexander Tettey, Rosenborg frontman Alexander Soderlund and former Cardiff City forward Jo Inge Berget will have to be on top form. While, Real Madrid star-in-waiting Martin Odegaard may also be thrown into the fray.
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