International Friendly: Holland V Hungary – Saturday, 5th June

4th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Holland V Hungary

Saturday, 5th June – 13:00 GMT
International Friendly


The Netherlands, who play their first match of the World Cup nine days later on June 14th against Denmark, will be gunning for a hat-trick of international successes when they prepare to take on a nation which failed in their quest to make the finals, coming up short in a group containing Holland’s Group E opponents Denmark, Portugal and Sweden.

Bert Van Marwijk, the coach of the Dutch, has seemingly built a side full to the brim with technically gifted individuals, especially in the forward third of the pitch. Marwijk has seen his players in action twice in recent weeks, both of which would have pleased the former Feyenoord manager. Their first warm up game was against a dangerous Mexico in Germany. The Netherlands were up against a side not too dissimilar to themselves in how they play, as Mexico too like to get the ball down and play quick, snappy passing moves along the floor. However, with just 45 minutes gone and Holland already 2-0 up and cruising, the gulf in class between the two sides couldn’t of been more apparent. The second half was more of a stroll for Holland, who eventually saw the game out to win 2-1.

Holland’s second tester, at least it should have been, was against Ghana, who are situated in Group D in one of the more competitive groups. The Dutch started the game in a bright manner and were quickly on the front foot, taking the game to their African opponent from the get go. At half-time they were 1-0 up, with Holland yet again talking a lead into the half=time interval. However, it was the manner in which they tore Ghana to pieces in the second period which had every spectator standing up and taking serious notice of the Dutch, as second-half substitute Rafael Van der Vaart scored twice within half-a-dozen minutes to send Holland into cruise control after Ghana had earlier reduced the deficit after some sluggish defending from Holland. Robin Van Persie’s penalty in the latter stages of the game though sealed another hugely impressive win for Holland, who now look as though they’ll head to South Africa as serious players.

There’s no chance coach Marwijk will allow his players to nod off now, not now there’s the chance of building up further momentum. Moreover, this game with Hungary arguably represents their easiest fixture of the three against an out-of-sorts Hungary team, who themselves were beaten emphatically by Germany in their latest friendly international. We’re expecting a strongish line up from the Netherlands, with the usual big names lining up, although some of their explosive and creative substitutes, players like Ryan Babel, Elia and Rafael Van der Vaart, may have the chance to catch Marwijk’s eye from the off as Bert Van Mariwjk looks to keep his entire squad fresh.



Hungary almost caused an upset when nearly qualifying for South Africa from a remarkably tough group. However, in those high-pressure encounter, the game that really mattered, Hungary lost their bottle and evidentially couldn’t then fend off the challenge from Portugal, who snatched second position right from under their nose. They’re a team with a number of talented individuals, players which shouldn’t be underestimated at this level, but collectively they are still a distance away from challenging at the highest level, which are ultimately the World Cup’s and EURO’s.

Players to look out for are former Crystal Palace keeper Gabor Kiraly, PSV’s dead ball and crossing specialist Balazs Dzsudzsak and Ipswich’s Tamas Priskin. Fulham midfielder Zolton Gera actually captains the Hungary national side and he will probably be their biggest threat in front of goal, having score 18 goals in 63 appearances, as well as forward Sandor Torghelle (41 Apps and 11 Goals).

Coach Erwin Koeman will have the EURO qualifiers in mind, which kick-off in October, so will be looking to weigh up his potential side for those crucial games. He’ll also be hoping for a more competitive and workmanlike performance from his players after their somewhat dismal showing against Germany in their last outing.


Match Odds:

Holland – 1.20 PaddyPower
Draw – 7.00 WilliamHill
Hungary – 17.00 Bet365

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