Scotland boss Alex McLeish

Hungary vs Scotland: Magyars to shade Budapest friendly

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Odds: Hungary 7/4, Draw 21/10, Scotland 8/5

Kick Off: 1900, 27/03/2018

Stadium: Groupama Arena

Alex McLeish made an uninspiring start to his second term as Scotland boss with a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica and may face more disappointment in Hungary on Tuesday night.

The hosts also tasted defeat on Friday night when going down 3-2 to Kazakhstan at this venue, but they do have some decent form in Budapest over the past couple of years.

We’re siding with the Magical Magyars at 7/4 in our Hungary vs Scotland betting predictions.

A Look At Hungary’s Betting Odds

Hungary qualified for their first major tournament in 30 years when reaching Euro 2016, where they topped a group containing Iceland, Portugal and Austria, before losing to Belgium in the last 16.

There will be no trip to this summer’s World Cup finals after finishing a distant third behind Portugal and Switzerland in their pool.

However, they were competitive in home losses to those powerful sides and did beat the other three teams at Groupama Arena.

Costa Rica were also edged out 1-0 in a November friendly here, so that form link ties in nicely with Scotland’s latest loss and gives the hosts hope.

Hoffenheim striker Adam Szalai is the main man to watch out for, as he has scored goals with several Bundesliga clubs since returning from a three-year stint in Real Madrid’s reserve team.

Looking at the Hungary vs Scotland odds, we like 16/5 for a home victory by a one-goal margin.

A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds

McLeish fielded an experimental side which featured four debutants at Hampden Park on Friday and made a raft of substitutions after the break.

That led to a disjointed display in the defeat by Costa Rica, despite plenty of huffing and puffing when in possession.

“I was a bit disappointed with the first half but much more pleased with the second,” commented McLeish.

“There was not a lot of fluidity between the teams and you have to take that into account.”

There might be more experience in McLeish’s team for this match, but we fear it may take time for the 59-year-old to find his best formation.

Punters can get 19/2 for a 2-1 home win and that completes our Hungary vs Scotland betting tips.

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Last result:

HUNGARY 2-3 Kazakhstan – Adam Szalai, Krisztian Nemeth

SCOTLAND 0-1 Costa Rica

Head-to-head: Scotland 0-3 Hungary, Scotland 2-0 Hungary, Hungary 3-1 Scotland, Hungary 3-3 Scotland, Scotland 1-1 Hungary, Hungary 3-1 Scotland

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Best bets for Hungary vs Scotland

Hungary to win @ 7/4

Hungary to win by one-goal margin @ 16/5

Hungary to win 2-1 @ 19/2