Honduras vs Australia
FIFA World Cup – Inter- Continental Play-off
Date: Friday, 10th November 2017
Kick off at 22:00 UK/ 23:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano (San Pedro Sula).
After a stunning finish in the CONCACAF qualification campaign, Honduras welcome Australia for the first leg of the inter-continental play-off tie.
Very few had expected Honduras to be among the teams to make it into the play-offs after seeing them struggle through the first half of the campaign and a poor showing at the Gold Cup. However, a five match unbeaten run at the end including draws against USA and Costa Rica and a brilliant win at home against Mexico in the final group game saw them claw back into the fourth spot. They were also helped by the dramatic slip of USA towards the end.
On the other hand, Australia were expected to be amongst the automatic qualified teams from Asia. However, the rise of Saudi Arabia and poor away results pushed them to the third spot and then to the play-off tie against Syria. They had to sweat hard to reach this far as the Syrians gave them a real scare before losing out in the extra time of the second leg.
Honduras Team News
There are some headaches for Jorge Luis Pinto as team captain Maynor Figueroa is suspended. The winger Alberth Elis is the other player sidelined with the accumulation of yellow cards.
Honduras Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Escober – Izaguirre, Palacios, Henry Figueroa, Beckeles – Claros, Mejia – Quioto, Lopez, Garcia – Lozano.
Australia Team News
Australia are also with their captain Mark Milligan alongside midfielder Mathew Leckie.
Australia Predicted Line-up (3-4-2-1)
Ryan – Degenek, Wright, Sainsbury – Risdon, Luongo, Mooy, Behich – Rogic, Kruse – Cahill.
Honduras vs Australia: Head-to-head
There are no records of past competitive meetings between the two sides. Nor did they meet in an official friendly in the past two decades.
Honduras vs Australia: Predictions
This is advantage Honduras in the first leg and this is their one chance to put the tie beyond doubt. Australia had struggled to get results away from home throughout the qualifying campaign who will be further worsened by hostile playing conditions at the industrial city of San Pedro Sula.
Correct Full-Time Score: 2-1 Honduras @ 9.50.
Honduras vs Australia: Bet Tips
FT – Honduras to win @ 2.00
Both teams to Score @ 2.15.
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