Zalaegerszegi TE look to be the strongest of the clubs battling for the Hungarian title, topping the table after nine rounds.
Antal Simon's side are one point clear of MTK Budapest at the top of the table with reigning champions Debreceni VSC a further five points adrift. On the hunt for a third successive crown, Debrecen lost 1-0 against MTK at the Nándor Hidegkuti stadium on Saturday to concede second place in the table.
ZTE are certainly looking up for the challenge of taking the title they last won in 2001/02. They are currently on a run of five straight league victories, which started with a 1-0 victory against Újpest FC on 9 September, and have yet to lose a game this season, drawing one of their nine games to date.
However, MTK will not be too overawed as they seek to win their first league title of the new millennium, having won 22 before the turn of the century. The young side have lost just once, against ZTE, and boast one of the most prolific scorers in the league in the form of six-goal Ádám Hrepka.
Budapest Honvéd FC's chances of the title have already all-but gone despite back-to-back wins against FC Tatabánya and FC Sopron. Perhaps recognising this, Italian coach Aldo Dolcetti has quit his post after 18 months in charge with his side lying in tenth place in the table.
His replacement will be 44-year-old Attila Supka, who played for Honvéd from 1974 to 1984 and he takes over on a two and a half year-contract. Supka started his coaching career at Békéscsabai EFC in 2003 before leaving to join Debrecen, where he won titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06.
Bajzát on fire
Újpest are fourth in the table after coach Valére Billen led them to an important 2-0 victory against Budapest rivals Vasas SC on Monday while Györi ETO FC are fifth, thanks in part to eight goals from Péter Bajzát, who is the league’s top scorer at the moment.
At the foot of the table, Rákospalotai EAC have taken a step in the right direction after earning a 4-3 victory against Paksi FC on 14 September. That was Zoltán Aczél's side's first win of the season, and left them level on points with second-from-bottom Váci FC.
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