England v Hungary betting tips: Three Lions hope to end on a high
England v Hungary betting tips, preview and odds
England will aim to end their three-game winless run as their summer schedule ends with a Nations League clash with Hungary at Molineux.
The Three Lions have only picked up two points from their three games so far but will hope a sell-out crowd in Wolverhampton can cheer them to victory on Tuesday.
We have studied the odds and picked out some England v Hungary betting tips ahead of the 7.45pm kick-off, which is live on Channel 4.
Southgate still experimenting
England are bottom of Group A3 at the halfway point and Nations League relegation will be a very real prospect if they fail to secure victory here in their fourth match in 11 days.
The busy schedule and the need to prepare for the World Cup later this year mean results have not been as important as they might usually be.
It is just over five months until the Three Lions kick off their quest to be crowned world champions in Qatar, where they will face Iran, the United States and neighbours Wales in the group stage.
England now only have three more matches until the tournament gets under way, which is why boss Gareth Southgate has tried different systems and personnel during June’s fixtures.
England lost 1-0 in Hungary and drew 1-1 in Germany before Saturday’s drab 0-0 draw with inexperienced Italy – a match that saw the manager attempt to hone and fine-tune at this “incredibly complicated” time.
Goals in short supply
England’s biggest area for concern during this international break has been the lack of goals and an over-reliance on Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
Kane’s late penalty against Germany is the only time they have found the net during 270 minutes of action and Southgate has admitted other players need to reduce the goalscoring burden on 50-goal captain Kane and forward Sterling, who has 19 to his name.
“I think we had two or three very good chances that we have to take,” said Southgate after the stalemate with Italy. “You don’t get loads of chances in games against the top-level teams, that’s how it is.
“We’d like to have created more given the amount of possession we had and we definitely used the ball better in the back two thirds of the field than we did the other night so that was pleasing.
“But in the end we’ve not got the goal to make the difference. We’re very, very reliant on Harry and Raheem for our goals at the moment and that is a concern.”
Kane came on as a second-half substitute against Italy so could return to the starting line-up here and is the obvious favourite at 13/5 to score first.
Hope for Hungary
Hungary have proved a thorn in the side of Europe’s heavyweights in recent years and should not be underestimated here.
Draws against France and Germany at Euro 2020 showed what they are capable of and that was followed by a 1-0 victory over England in Budapest earlier this month. Hungary also drew with England at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier in October.
They only went down 2-1 to Italy last week before drawing 1-1 with Germany so the Magyars look good value at 11/4 in the double chance market.
Under 2.5 goals has paid out in four of their last five matches and can be backed at evens while their last four defeats have been by a one-goal margin so the same outcome here completes our England v Hungary betting tips at 5/2.
Southgate will check on the availability of Phil Foden ahead of the game.
The 22-year-old missed the recent fixtures with Hungary, Germany and Italy after testing positive for coronavirus.
Midfielder Conor Gallagher is the only outfield England player yet to feature in this block of fixtures and he could be involved.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication