Honvéd and Žalgiris meet at Illovszky Rudolf Stadion, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (1st Qualifying Round). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation.
The home team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of taking advantage of the home advantage to achieve a positive result. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they lost with Bragantino away by (2-1). In the last 10 home matches Honvéd has won 4, tied 3 and lost 3. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.
The Honvéd comes to this game with a 2-1 defeat against Bragantino, adding their third consecutive game without winning, all in friendly matches. We remember that the local club finished in the first position of the Hungarian Championship of 2018/2019. In this game against Zalgiris, new coach Giuseppe Sannino must keep the team in a 4-3-3, with David N’Gog being the team’s most offensive reference. On the other hand, Gergo Nagy is the great highlight of this team, being responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. For this game the coach can count on all his players.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. In the last match they played, for A Lyga, they beat Trakai at home (2-1). In the last 10 away matches Žalgiris has won 6 and lost 4 matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 3 away matches for all competitions: they have scored 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
The Zalgiris reaches this first round by finishing second in the Hungarian Championship, with 75 points, 2 less than the Suduva champion. It should be noted that visitors come to this game with five consecutive victories, the last against Trakai, by 2-1: the two goals of the team were marked by Matas Vareika. Coach Marek Zub usually plays in 4-2-3-1, favoring the maintenance of possession of the ball and positional attacks, especially through the flanks: Victor Perez is the great master of this formation. Liviu Antal is the great danger in the attack front of the Lithuanian club, being very fast and competent in the finalization. There are no absences of weight for this game.