Preview: Croatia vs Hungary
Despite finishing as runners up in last summer's World Cup, Croatia have not been able to do much to convince some observers that their success in Russia was not more than just a fluke. Since then, the Vatreni have struggled to replicate the same sorts of performances, floundering badly during the Nations League matches against England and Spain where they finished bottom of their group. Despite the clear talent in their ranks - with the likes of Ivan Perisic, reigning Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric, and Ivan Rakitic among them - the team has not had the strongest year so far, either.
Although Croatia lead their EURO 2020 qualifying group, they've posted mixed results in 2019, with just three wins from their last six games. They succumbed to a surprise 2-1 loss to Hungary, and were frustrated in a one-all draw against bottom-feeder Azerbaijan just a few days after cruising to a 4-0 win over Slovakia. The team have also been hit a spate of injuries, with as many as five players unavaliable for this upcoming match, and several key players, including Modric and Rakitic, haven't been having the best of seasons so far with their respective clubs.
With that in mind, Hungary, who find themselves just one point of top spot, will be looking to try to exploit the uncertainty in the Croatian camp. The visitors already beat the Vatreni earlier this year and will be seeking to a double over Zlatko Dalic's side. Still, their will be made slightly more difficult due to the absence of key midfielder Adam Nagy as a result of ban, and Croatia, despite their struggles, have had more of those issues on the road as opposed to at home. In fact, the Vatreni have only dropped points away from their home base (the 2-1 loss to Hungary and the 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan).
However, Hungary will also be coming into this game with the knowledge that Croatia did lose 2-1 to Tunisia in a friendly tie as recently as this past June on home turf.
Match facts: Croatia vs Hungary
- Croatia have lost just once so far in EURO 2020 qualifiers
- However, Hungary are the side who beat them 2-1 in their last meeting
- That was just one of two times Hungary have beaten the Vatreni
- Most of their 11 meetings have finished as draws (6)
- Wins for Croatia: 3
Team news: Croatia vs Hungary
Croatia: The hosts are missing a crop of players due to injury, including Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Matej Mitrovic, Andrej Kramaric, and Marko Pjaca.
Hungary: Both Adam Nagy and Botnd Barath are banned for this clash. In addition, the visiting side will be missing Krisztian Tamas, Máté Pátkai, and Barnabás Bese as a result of injury.
How they compare: Croatia vs Hungary
Here's how the two sides compare ahead of their clash:
Where to watch Croatia vs Hungary live on October 10, 2019
In the USA, Croatia vs Hungary will be shown on ESPN3 and TUDNxtra.
Fans in Croatia can follow the match via Sportklub 1 Croatia.
M4 Sports will be showing the game in Hungary.
In the UK, tune in to the game on Sky Sports Red Button and SKY GO Extra.
Here are your options if you live outside the USA, the UK, or one of the two countries playing in this match:
Croatia vs Hungary Broadcast Information
Stadium: Stadion Poljud
France: L'Equipe Web
Hungary: M4 Sports
India: Sony LIV, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD
Indonesia: Mola TV
Malaysia: Astro Go, Astro SuperSport 2
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport 14
Portugal: Sport TV LIVE, Sport TV4
United Kingdom: Sky Sports Red Button, Sky Go UK, SKY GO Extra
United States: TUDNxtra, fuboTV, ESPN App, ESPN3