Mexico vs Honduras
World Cup Qualifiers – North & Central America
Date: Friday, 9th June 2017
Kick-off at 3:00 UK/ 4:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Azteca (Mexico City).
Mexico are keen to extend their lead at the top of the table with a win, when they welcome Honduras to the World Cup qualifier on Thursday night. The match is available in UK and rest of the Europe in early morning hours of Friday.
The head-coach Claudio Suarez is coming back on mixed results from friendlies played in the last two weeks. His team was beaten by a second string Croatia, but then showed what they are made of in the 3-1 win against Republic of Ireland.
However, the El Tri are a powerhouse in the CONCACAF zone. They are unbeaten in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with 8 wins and 2 draws from the fourth round of the tournament. In the fifth round, their four matches saw 3 wins and a draw, with a lone goal conceded in the 2-1 win away at USA.
Honduras played three of their four matches so far and their lone win at this stage came against Trinidad at home turf by a 3-1 margin. Meanwhile, they lost to Costa Rica and held to a draw by Panama. They would like to forget their lone away trip of the tournament, which was a heavy 6-0 defeat at USA. Honduras are fifth in the six-team table, but the second placed Costa Rica is at an achievable 3 point gap.
Mexico vs Honduras: Head-to-head
The teams met in the fourth round twice and Honduras did manage a 0-0 draw in their trip to Mexico, which earned them the key point in qualification to the fifth round. They lost the first leg by a 2-0 margin.
Honduras are win-less in their last four matches against Mexico in all competition with 2 draws and 2 losses. Also, they haven’t scored a goal during the period.
However, Honduras are a team that surprised Mexico in recent away fixtures in World Cup qualifiers. Before the 0-0 draw this term, the Los Catrachos defeated El Tri by a 2-1 margin in 2013. But Mexico won 6 qualification matches on the bounce at their home turf prior to that.
Mexico vs Honduras: Prediction
It is not a surprise that Mexico are tipped as heavy favourites by most bookies and we don’t find a value in backing a full-time home win. However, we find good value in backing Honduras to avoid a heavy defeat here. The 6-0 loss at USA will motivate them to do a better job in defense, making Mexico to work hard for their goals. Also, Mexico’s next match is at home against USA. We are expecting Oscar Ramirez to rest some key players.
Mexico vs Honduras: Bet Tips
Asian Handicap +1.5 for Honduras at 2.02 by Bet365.