So it is back. Hungarian football returns from its hibernation to be greeted by me awaiting it with open arms. Actually Hungarian football returned in brief last weekend where this week’s visitors took on Nyiregyhaza in a game that had been postponed in December, but that small side note would ruin my excellent rucksack based pun (not sure if I am going anywhere with that). It finished 1-1 for those of you that a) care b) do care, but forgot to check the results.
Weird hair I developed in August – possibly Paks based radiation
Paks have been something of a surprise package at the start of this season going undefeated in their first eight including a fairly comprehensive 3-0 home win over MTK. Since the heady days of late summer, Paks’ form has slipped and they have drifted away towards mid-table. The loss of Fiola (not Italian) Attila to Felcust will not help the fans’ hopes of a similar start to the spring season as they had to the autumn season. Fiola regularly starts for Hungary and looks impressive. His presence at the back is likely to be missed.
MTK’s form also tailed off towards the end of 2014 as the players seemed increasingly fatigued and unable to deal with the physicality thrown at them by the likes of Diosgyor and Ujpest. It may also have been a case of their luck simply wearing off and no longer being able to grind out results. Three defeats in the last five or so league games means that they are trailing Vidi, by a fairly massive eight points (Vidi have only dropped seven points with over half of the season gone). It is essential that MTK get off to a strong start to give any sort of pretense that this will not be a cakewalk for Vidi.
That said, MTK come into this game decimated by injuries. In a pre-mid-season that seems to a game of survival of the fittest. First teamers Hegedus Lajos, Horvath ‘the Doctor’ Zsolt, Hrepka Adam, Poor Patrik, Torghelle Sandor and Vass Adam have all suffered injuries in the winter break along with another six fringe players. Hegedus will definitely miss the game (which is a shame as he has been MTK’s best player this season). Question marks hang over the other five and Keleman David will definitely miss out after telling a linesman that his foul was probably not a red card compared to the assault he has just received that left him unable to eat solid food for a while. All in all, it leaves MTK potentially undercooked and/or understaffed. Given the scarcity of news and my inability to really understand any news that there is in Hungarian, I will make no attempt to pick the team.
In other news, Hidvegi Sandor has left the club after being recalled from loan by Fradi to be sold to Dunaujvaros. He has been replaced by the return of Vadnai ‘Lewis Holtby’s uglier older brother’ Daniel (nope me neither) who should slot in nicely down the left-hand side. Having played some 103 games for MTK, he returns after one and half years at Debrecen. I imagine little will have changed in that time (especially Garami’s coat) so hopefully he can slot in without too much bedding in time. In other news, Vass Patrik has gone to Vasas on loan. A strange one, but maybe the lad just needs some game time to regain last season’s form.
Predictions. Not even sure I want to bother with this. My heart says a Csiki Norbet brace and Kanta set piece as MTK cruise to 3-0 victory. My head (and inbuilt pessimism) suggests Groppioni (Italian) Federico howler as Paks sneak a 1-0.