Honduras – Australia : Preview & Prediction
Fourth in the AmNord zone behind the trio Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras will have to go through a roadblock to invite themselves to the World Cup. Australia is on the menu for Jorge Pinto’s men. Disappointing throughout their qualifying campaign, the Socceroos have finished only a sad third place in Oceania, behind Japan and Saudi Arabia. Outcome miraculously from a first shootout against Syria (1-1, 2-1 a.p), Juric and his teammates will have to raise their level of play to overcome “The H”. Undefeated in their last five playoff games, “Los Catrachos” are coming to Tegucigalpa with great confidence. Will the Australians be armed enough to avoid running after the score in Sydney?
Honduras dominated Mexico (3-2) on their last visit to their lands to validate their place as a barrage.
The Hondurans have continued to gain strength during their qualifying campaign, sealed in five games without defeat (2v-3n).
“La H” had been dominant and solid for 90 minutes in front of his home crowd against the United States, before foolishly conceding the equalizer (1-1).
The Australians have shown almost nothing away from their bases during the playoffs. Dominated at Japan (2-0), the Socceroos had been unable to win in Iraq (1-1), Thailand (2-2) or the Saudis (2-2).
Solid and well organized, Honduras can also rely on a very talented line of attack. Elis (11 goals with Houston Dynamo), Lozano (Barça reserve) or other Quioto (7 goals with Houston Dynamo) are all assets likely to bend the Aussies.
Honduras Australia – Our prediction
It is hard to see how this Australian team at bay throughout its qualifying campaign could compete with Hondurans almost at the Mexico / Costa Rica duo. The logical victory of “La H”, much more structured than this Australian formation.
Honduras – Australia : Betting Tips
Honduras – Win Odds: 2.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70