Honduras vs Panama
CONCACAF 2018 World Qualifiers – 5th Round.
Date: Friday, 11th November 2016.
Kick-off at 20:35 UK,
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula.
The 5th round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers of the CONCACAF zone kick-off when Honduras host Panama at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula on Friday evening.
Honduras reached the fifth round of qualifiers after picking 2 wins and 2 draws in their last four matches of the fourth ground group fixtures. The group was won by Mexico who were unbeaten and finished with 16 points. Canada and Honduras were neck to neck until the final round, but a draw against Mexico guaranteed Honduras a place in the next stage. They only edged Canada by virtue of 1 point. El Salvador was the fourth team in the group who got eliminated alongside Canada.
Panama were also second in their fourth round group phase. It was a far comfortable finish for the Central Americans as they finished 6 points clear of the third and fourth placed Haiti and Jamaica. The group was won by Costa Rica, who had 16 points in their bag. Panama were beaten twice in the group phase, both by Costa Rica, while they picked 3 wins and draw from the remaining 4.
Honduras vs Panama: Head-to-Head Stats
The last meeting between the two sides was during the group stage of 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Honduras scoring a late equalizer through Aryel Najar to cancel out Luis Tejada’s first half goal.
Panama are currently unbeaten in the last 6 meetings against Honduras in all competitions. However, 4 of them are draws with Panama picking victories in two.
The sides had previously met 6 times in World Cup qualifying fixtures and Panama can once again boast of a good record as they bagged 2 wins and 2 draws in the last four. While Honduras managed to win only once and the overall head-to-head in qualifiers read 3 wins, 2 draws and a defeat in favor of Panama.
At the same time, Honduras can boast of a good overall head-to-head record against Panama spread across all tournaments. They bagged 18 wins from the 33 meetings as against Panama’s 9 wins, while 6 matches end in stalemates.
Honduras have the pedigree of having made it to the World Cup final tournaments on three previous occasions, while Panama are yet to qualify for the main event.
Honduras vs Panama: Prediction
The hosts are a defense oriented side and lack the services of a genuine goal scorer. But they do have the experience of doing business at this end of the qualification side. At the same time, Panama cannot be under estimated. They finished third in the CONCACAF Gold Cup beating co-hosts USA and are a side that won’t intimidated by big names.
Based on previous meetings between these two sides, goals will be far and few. Also, both managers will be vary of each other’s threat and could be forced to adopt a safe approach. As a result, this qualifying fixture between Honduras and Panama is set to end in a 1-1 stalemate.
Honduras vs Panama: Betting Tips
Draw at Full-Time at 3.30 (23/10)
Under 2.5 goals at 1.55 (6/11)
Full Time Correct Score: 1-1 at 6.50 (11/2).