Most expected the eastern Europeans to sink into the relegation spot of League A Group 3, up against the European champions, Germany and England.
In their way stand an Italian side held by Germany on the opening weekend to leave them searching for an upturn in fortunes following their World Cup heartbreak and defeat to Argentina in the Finalissima.
Here are all the details for tuning in...
Where to watch Italy vs Hungary
TV channel: The match will be televised on Premier Sports 1, with coverage beginning at 7.35pm BST before a 7.45pm kick-off. A monthly subscription costs from £9.99 in the UK.
Live stream: Premier Sports subscribers will be able to watch the game online via the Premier Player on mobile and tablet devices.