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Nations League - Football: Monday preview

Hungary will book their place in the 2022/23 Nations League finals if they avoid defeat against Italy in Budapest on Monday.

Magyars have momentum

WhatHungary v Italy, Group A3 Nations League
WherePuskas Arena, Budapest
When19:45, Monday 26th September 2022
How to watchPremier Sports 1
OddsHungary 3/1, Draw 5/2, Italy 10/11

Few would have predicted Hungary would be in the running for top spot in Group A3 after being drawn alongside England, Italy and Germany, but they lead the way with just one game left to play.

Hungary have amassed 10 points across their five outings, beating England home and away, and collecting four points from their two meetings with Germany.

Marco Rossi's side edged to a 1-0 win in Germany when last seen on Friday with Adam Szalai's first-half goal proving to be enough to put them in the driving seat.

It was just the second time Hungary had overcome Germany since 1985 and sets up a winner-takes-all clash with Italy on Monday.

Italy beat England 1-0 on Friday and they sit just two points adrift of Hungary ahead of the 19:45 meeting in Budapest.

The Azzurri, who failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, are the only nation to have defeated the Magyars in the Nations League this season, winning 2-1 on home soil. However, the momentum is firmly with Rossi's men for the return.

The Euro 2020 winners are yet to win on the road in this Nations League campaign, drawing with England at Wembley and losing 5-2 against Germany at Borussia-Park.

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Italy haven't won in three previous visits to Hungary, losing 3-1 in a friendly in 2007 and drawing the two other encounters.

Hungary's success has largely been built on a solid defence, conceding just three times in their five outings, and Italy, who have failed to score in three of their last five away games across all competitions, could find it difficult to impose themselves.

With a spot in the finals at stake, it could prove to be a tense affair in the capital and backing under 2.5 goals at 7/10 could be the way to go.

Relegation on the cards for Romania

WhatRomania v Bosnia-Herzegovina, Group B3 Nations League
WhereStadionul Giulesti-Valentin Stanescu, Bucharest
When19:45, Monday 26th September 2022
How to watchPremier Extra
OddsRomania 1/1, Draw 11/5, Bosnia-Herzegovina 13/5

Romania have one final chance to avoid relegation to League C on Monday but they face a tough task when table-toppers Bosnia-Herzegovina head to Bucharest.

It has been a difficult campaign from the outset for Romania after losing their opening two games without scoring a goal.

They did bounce back with a 1-0 win over Finland but they've only managed to pick up a further point from the following two games, losing at home to Montenegro and drawing when they travelled to Helsinki.

Scoring goals has been Romania's biggest issue, finding the back of the net on just two occasions, and there is little to suggest they will improve on that tally when Bosnia-Herzegovina visit.

Bosnia-Herzegovina are already guaranteed promotion back to League A after showing a good response to their relegation from the top-tier last season.

They have avoided defeat across their five games, winning three and drawing two, although it's worth noting that both of their draws have come on the road.

A draw would be enough to help Romania avoid relegation if Finland, who sit just a point ahead, lose to Montenegro in Podgorica, thanks to a superior head-to-head record in Group B3.

Estonia heading back up the ladder

What

San Marino v Estonia, Group D2 Nations League

Where

San Marino Stadium, Serravalle

When19:45, Monday 26th September 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsSan Marino 6/1, Draw 5/1, Estonia 1/4

Estonia were relegated from Group C2 last season after picking up just three points from their six fixtures. However, they look far too good for their rivals in Group D2 this campaign.

With just one game left to play, Estonia have already been confirmed as group winners after winning each of their three games.

Malta are second on six points but they played their fourth and final fixture on Friday and fell to a 2-1 defeat in Estonia.

Thomas Haberli's side have notched six times across their three outings, scoring two in each game, and another comfortable win is expected when they head to San Marino.

La Serenissima are yet to score a goal in this Nations League campaign and there's little to suggest they will end that drought on Monday.

At least three goals have been scored in two of Estonia's three group stage games and there's value to be had in backing over 2.5 goals at 9/10.

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