Honduras vs Algeria:
Olympics 2016: Group D,
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016,
Kick-off: 19:00 UK.
Venue: Estadio Nilton Santos (Rio de Janeiro).
Honduras are entering the Olympics Football competition for the second consecutive year, and fourth time overall in their history. The were among the losing quarter finalists at London, which is their best ever run in the competition so far.
Jorge Luis Pinto’s side qualified for the Rio after entering the final of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. Mexico defeated them 0–2 in the finals, however they had a good campaign after winning 5 of the 7 matches. They defeated the likes of Costa Rica, United States, Guatemala, Haiti and Belize, while their two defeats came against Mexico.
Algeria qualified for the Men’s Olympics Football for the first time since 1980 after finishing runners-up in the 2015 African U23 Cup of Nations. They made it through the group and reached the quarter finals during that period, before suffering a 3-0 defeat to Yugoslavia.
The Foxes head-coach Pierre-Andre Schurmann has tested his team with a number of fixtures including youth and hybrid friendlies to find the perfect tactics and balance. They are involved in a tough group alongside Argentina and Portugal, so a win against Honduras is vital.
Honduras: Team News
The coach has included two over aged players in his squad, in two Deportivo Olimpia players Johnny Palacios (29) and Quioto (24). The youngest player in the Honduras team is the 19-year old Kelvin Javier Alvarez Hernandez.
Algeria: Team News
Abdelghani Demmou (27) of MC Alger and Baghdad Bounedjah (24) of Al Sadd are the over aged players in the Algerian team. The youngest player in the Algerian camp is A. Benguit (20), while the rest of the players are between 22 and 23 years.
Honduras vs Algeria: Head to Head
These two teams have no record of any previous games between them, thus this will be their first clash.
Honduras U23 last game against an African U23 side was in June 2016 when the Nigerian U23 Super eagles defeated theme 3-1. Other games against an African U23 side includes 2-2 draw against Morocco and a 2-0 win against Gabon both in 2012.
Honduras vs Algeria: Prediction
Algeria’s recent games are filled with draws and loses, as tasted victory just once in the last 7 games. The Foxes also failed to score in 4 of their last 6 games and scored just 3 goals during the period.
While Honduras are coming on the back of a good qualifying campaign in USA, which was followed by back-to-back draws against Colombia in February. However, this game is a tough one to call considering the inconsistent form of the sides involved. A draw is the most probable outcome, with both teams getting on the score sheet.
Predicted Full-Time Score: Honduras 1-1 Algeria.
Honduras vs Algeria: Tips
- Both teams to score.
- Over 1.5 goals