Russia make the trip to Hungary in the UEFA Nations League having begun their 2020-21 campaign with a 3-1 victory over Serbia.
Meanwhile, the home side head into Sunday’s contest on the back of a surprise 1-0 win in Turkey after Dominik Szoboszlai’s 30-yard free kick.
UEFA Nations League 2020-21 action continues in Group 3 of League B with Hungary all set to host group leaders Russia at the Puskás Aréna, Budapest on Sunday.
Russia and Hungary got their respective campaigns off to a winning start, defeating Serbia and Turkey respectively in their opening fixtures.
Both the sides looked solid in their wins and will be looking to build on that to open up a gap over their opponents in Group 3. Sbornaya have been the dominant team in recent meetings between the two sides and Hungary will be itching to change the status quo on Sunday.
Russia is among the 16 teams that have already secured a spot at Euro 2021. Meanwhile, the Magyars will be pinning their hopes of qualification on the Nations League playoffs, which is why every point counts for them.
After a goalless first half, Artem Dzyuba took centre stage, netting a double which takes his return for his country to 26 goals from 43 appearances.
While the argument that Russia are heavily dependent on the forward is justified, they still had to perform solidly at the back to restrict the impact of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Although the Fulham frontman eventually got himself on the scoresheet, Russia got off to the best possible start against opponents who they will regard as their biggest rivals in this group.
Nevertheless, the pressure is on Cherchesov and his side ahead of squaring off against opponents who will be on a high after their excellent win in Turkey.
The game was on course to end goalless, a result which would have still satisfied the visitors, but Szoboszlai’s tremendous set piece with 10 minutes remaining has given Hungary something to work with ahead of Sunday’s encounter.
Having been stuck on a run of five defeats from six matches from last year, head coach Marco Rossi will admit that it was imperative that another setback did not follow on Thursday evening.
However, the mood has now changed in the Magyars camp, and there will be a feeling that they can throw caution to the wind in their upcoming fixture in a bid to gain hold of top spot.
Despite progressing through to Euro 2020 via the playoffs being at the top of their priority list, Hungary will want a positive result at the weekend ahead of back-to-back trips to Serbia and Russia in October.