Lithuania is better known for successful basketball teams, but football is also played in the Baltics. Not very successful, but in the first rounds of qualifying for the Champions or Europa League you can also find clubs from Lithuania here and there. The most famous club of this country is Zalgiris Vilnius. As a national cup winner, this club has been able to secure the ticket for the first qualifying round of the Europa League and meets there on Thursday in the return leg in front of their own audience on Honved Budapest from Hungary. The Hungarians won the first leg 3-1 at home last week. Thus, Honved has better chances for the next round, where Universitatea Craiova from Romania will most likely wait.
Zalgiris Vilnius vs Honved Football Betting Prediction
If we look at this return match once detached from the overall constellation, then there should be some advantages for the Lithuanians. The A Lyga will take place in the calendar year and thus Vilnius is completely in the game mode. The basics did not have to be laid in the preparation and Zalgiris is fully in the juice. In addition, the home right also speaks for the Lithuanians. In the first leg, however, was observed that Honved has more quality in the squad. The Hungarian league does not start until the beginning of August, but the Italian coach Giuseppe Sannino’s team did well in the first leg. If that succeeds in the second leg as well, then in the duel between Zalgiris Vilnius and Honved Budapest a prediction on the progress of the guests is almost obligatory.
First, at least 90 minutes must be completed. Maybe it will be a bit narrower than in the first leg, but here too we are already leaning towards the Hungarians. This means that in the match between Zalgiris Vilnius and Honved Budapest we prefer a tip for another victory for the Hungarians. We can not completely rule out a surprise, especially since the bookmakers even see the Lithuanians slightly favored in this second leg. Thanks to the away goal of the Baltic, it could possibly be a real thriller.
Zalgiris Vilnius – Statistics & Current Form
Last week in the first leg in Budapest, Poland’s Marek Zub was responsible for the fortunes of Zalgiris Vilnius. However, he had a clause in his contract that he can leave the club in the summer. This clause has now drawn the coach; so there was an urgent need for action among the Lithuanians. With Joao Luis Martins, a new coach was presented at lightning speed. The Portuguese were briefly struck by league rivals FC Stumbras Kaunas.
Quite possible that in Lithuania, there will now be a chain reaction to the coaching benches. Overall, Zalgiris has done relatively well in the last few weeks. After five wins in a row, the bankruptcy in Budapest was the first defeat. In the A Lyga the reigning cup winner is after 17 matchdays with two points behind Suduva in second place. For Lithuanian standards, the prospects are very neat. After the change of coach, it is now difficult to use the odds for a home win or even the progress of the Lithuanians in the match between Zalgiris Vilnius and Honved Budapest.
The A Lyga has closed the gates for two weeks and so the first leg in Budapest last Thursday was the last match of the Lithuanians. It sounds strange after a 1: 3, but Zalgiris was the better team in Hungary and had almost 70 percent possession. The gates shot but Honved. Until the final minutes, it looked as if Lithuania would be as good as eliminated when it was 0: 3. In added time, the consolation goal of Karolis Uzela but brought back the hope to be able to turn back the gap on Thursday.
Above all, this requires greater effectiveness. A possible playful overweight must be converted into goals. How Zalgiris will play in the return leg is hard to predict. Joao Luis Martins has only been in office for two days. Perhaps the Portuguese will not be able to make any major changes in this match, being familiar with Lithuanian football and thus being able to assess the players of Zalgiris.
Expected team of Zalgiris Vilnius:
↳ Berkovec – Slijngard, Tomic, Bolha, Mikoliunas – Vorobjovas, Perez, Morer, Baravykas – Kis, Antal
↳ Trainer: Martins
Last matches of Zalgiris Vilnius:
⚽️ 11.07.2019 – Honved Budapest vs. Zalgiris Vilnius 3: 1 (Europa League)
⚽️ 05.07.2019 – Zalgiris Vilnius vs. Riteriai 2: 1 (A Lyga)
⚽️ 29.06.2019 – Panevėžys Vs. Zalgiris Vilnius 0: 2 (A Lyga)
⚽️ 23.06.2019 – Zalgiris Vilnius vs. Palanga 3: 2 (A Lyga)
⚽️ 19.06.2019 – Zalgiris Vilnius vs. Stumbras 3: 0 (Cup)
Honved Budapest – Statistics & Current Form
With fourth place last year, Honved just qualified for the international competition. That’s not a matter of course for the club that produced a large part of the Hungarian miracle in the 1950s. Nowadays, Honved is rather lightweight in international comparison. Honved Budapest has never been in the group stage of a European competition. Also this year the way seems to be too long and too rocky. This is the bitter lot of nations whose UEFA coefficient is too low due to the achievements of recent years.
According to them, the Hungarians should enjoy the European evenings as long as they come. Should Honved not completely break in Lithuania, it could go at least once in the next round. We think that before the return match between Zalgiris Vilnius and Honved Budapest, a prediction for the progress of the Hungarians seems appropriate. However, the first leg in the previous week was only the first competitive match in the new season for the Hungarians.
The immediate preparation was anything but optimal. They have suffered defeats against Zenit St. Petersburg and CA Bragantino and a draw against Excelsior Mouscron in their last three appearances. Against this backdrop, not much hinted at a successful Hungary match last Thursday. However, Giuseppe Sannino’s squad used his chances coldly in the first leg against Zalgiris and Bence Bano-Szabo gave his side a 1-0 lead before half-time. After the change, David N’Gog and Daniel Gazdag scored two more goals.
“I do not waste my time on predictions. We have been working hard for this second leg and will see what image my team makes. ” – Giuseppe Sannino
Bitter was the goal in the second minute of injury time, which Zalgiris has probably sniffed again morning air. Therefore, Giuseppe Sannino holds back with a forecast for the return leg. He only points out that his team will also be well prepared for the pitch in Lithuania. Tactically, we expect the Hungarians a little more restrained and probably a little more defensive, in order to still radiate danger in the switching game. Only injured player in the squad of Honved is currently Mohamed Mezghrani.
Expected team of Honved Budapest:
↳ Levkovich – Kamber, Batik, Lovric – Heffler, Gazdag – Kukoc, Bano-Szabo, Kovacs – N’Gog, Moutari
↳ Trainer: Sannino
Last matches from Honvéd Budapest:
⚽️ 11.07.2019 – Honved Budapest vs. Zalgiris Vilnius 3: 1 (Europa League)
⚽️ 03.07.2019 – Bragantino Vs. Honved Budapest 2: 1 (friendly)
⚽️ 01.07.2019 – Honved Budapest vs. Royal Excel Mouscron 1: 1 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 29.06.2019 – Zenit Saint Petersburg vs. Honved Budapest 3: 0 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 26.06.2019 – Wattens Vs. Honved Budapest 0: 3 (Friendly Match)
Zalgiris vs Honved Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Three duels have come to Zalgiris Vilnius and Honved Budapest until today. The direct comparison is completely balanced with one win and one draw. For the first time, both clubs met in the 2002/03 season in the then still discharged UI Cup each other. In Budapest, the Lithuanians won 1-0 and came home with a goalless draw at home. The first leg in the current qualifying for the Europa League last Thursday, which the Hungarians won at home 3-1, but should have more influence on the return leg.
Zalgiris Vilnius vs Honved Our Best Betting Prediction Explained
Zalgiris is well on the way to winning the title in the national league and has made light of five victories in the run-up to the first leg in the Europa League in Budapest. Even in Hungary, the Lithuanians had more of the game, but had to be defeated in the first leg but with 1: 3.
The problem could be that coach Marek Zub left the club and the Portuguese Joao Luis Martins took over the helm this week at short notice. It will show what impact this recruitment decision will have on the game. In general, we think that this change of coach is more likely to give a tip to a victory of the guests in the second leg between Zalgiris Vilnius and Honved Budapest.
Key Facts – Zalgiris Vilnius vs Honved tips
⭐️ The defeat in the first leg was the first defeat for Zalgiris after five victories in series
⭐️ Honved Budapest has never entered the group stage of the European Cup
⭐️ The direct comparison is balanced with one win and one draw
Although the Hungarians still have room for improvement, they are also still in preparation. Therefore, the 3-1 success from the first leg is a nice cushion, which is now not only defending in Lithuania. We think that on Thursday, a Hungarian victory in the range of the possible lies. Odds of up to 3.10 on an away win should include value. In the match between Zalgiris Vilnius and Honved Budapest we therefore use the betting odds for another victory for the Hungarians.