Jarni Army – Pecs (Home) Preview

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Not much to write here.  Second top against second bottom.  MTK won the reverse fixture 4-0 and Pecs lost their last game 0-4.  MTK have not scored at home for the last two games resulting in two defeats although they were probably a little unlucky last time out.

 The weather is miserable and seems a huge contrast from the sultry August evening when the season kicked off.  Football was much more fun then.  But a dutiful trek out to the Bozsik J is fast becoming a call of duty.  The place looks bleaker by the week: the pitch certainly needs a rest. This really is a dry blog post.  I promise to post more Gideon pictures in the future.

Pecs come into the game in desperate need of a win, a performance or a simple pick-me-up.  New manager Robert Jarni (I know this is where the best left back of WC 98 ends up – he should have retired to a Croatian island right?) is unlikely to have had time to impart his wisdom on the lacklustre side, but his presence alone may be enough to prompt a bounce.  Although it may end up being nothing more than a dead cat bounce.

Having looked indomitable at ‘home’ for most of the season, MTK are wobbling at the moment.  Defeats against Ujpest and Diosgyor have given teams a model of how to beat MTK.  Fast, physical and direct football will put you on the front foot against a relatively small MTK side.  Whether Robert J has had time to learn this and whether Pecs have the players to do this is another question.  All I know is that Robert J probably felt the same when a Serb did this to him as I did last week when Diosgyor ‘serbed’ MTK.

 

The big selection question this week is regarding Thiam.  Having played out of his skin last week alongside the equally impressive Vass A, it would be unfair of the young Senegalian (word?) being dropped.  That said Poloskei has been one of MTK’s star turns this season.  Tough one for JozsiBacsi, but that is why he is paid the big bucks (must remember that this is not the Premier League or Bundesliga).

The widemen may be less of a selection headache against Pecs.  Vass P and Hrepka looked slow and ponderous last week and their replacements, Horvath ‘the Doctor’ Zsolt and Bese Barny looked far more adept.  I expect to see these two start assuming Horvath is fully recovered from injury.  I guess he will be the judge of that (because he is a doctor so he can diagnose himself (see what I did there although in Continental Europe anyone who has a PhD (or Masters) likes to liberally use their title so he may not be a doctor doctor).  Horvath has been very impressive so far this season and adds real pace and physical directness to the side.

No idea on the whereabouts of Keleman David, but the team defence struggled without his strength last week.  Would like to see Keleman get a run out alongside Kalnoki-Kis.

Prediction

I am going to go out on a limb.  MTK to run riot and win 4-1.  Torghelle to grab a brace.

I have a couple of special guests coming to the game!!  Stay tuned (do you tune into a blog)?  I think the videostar has also killed the verb ‘to tune’ outside the musical instrument/car sub-genre.  Long live ‘tune’ and ‘the radio’!

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