Hungary hoping to exploit Capello’s goalkeeping conundrum

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Fabio Capello has called up rookie goalkeepers Frankie Fielding and Scott Loach following Ben Foster’s withdrawal from the England squad for the friendly with Hungary.

Joe Hart is the most senior gloveman at the manager’s disposal, though the Manchester City player is only 23 years old himself.

England have kept just one clean sheet from their last nine friendly matches, though they are priced at 4/6 to keep Hungary at bay.

The visitors will be encouraged by England’s infirmity in friendly matches, although Hungary have fired blanks in four of their last seven matches.

Hungarian striker Tamas Priskin scored in Ipswich’s 3-1 win at Middlesbrough on the opening weekend of the Championship season, and he is 4/1 to score at any time at Wembley.

England won their last match against Hungary 3-1 in 2006, and a repeat win for Capello’s men is priced at 11/1.

An England victory of any sort is convincingly priced at 1/3, and the hosts will take heart from their record against Hungary, having won 14 of their 21 previous meetings.

The most famous encounter between the sides came in 1953, when the great Ferenc Puskas orchestrated a 6-3 Hungarian win at Wembley.

Such an outcome is improbable on this occasion, and the visitors’ status as underdogs is underlined by their odds of 9/1 to beat England.

How comfortable could England’s winning margin be? They are 5/1 to win by three goals. See the full England vs Hungary Match Betting Odds market.

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