Preview: Honduras vs Canada – prediction, team news, rosters

Sports Mole previews Friday’s World Cup qualifying – North American clash between Honduras and Canada, including predictions, team news and possible rosters.

It will be first against worst at Olimpico Metropolitano on Thursday as Canada have a chance to retain their place at the top of the CONCACAF rankings World Cup 2022 qualify when they fight Honduras in San Pedro.

The H have lost their last four playoffs and are bottom of the table with three points, while the Canucks took care of business on their home turf, beating Costa Rica and Mexico in the previous window.

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It’s getting dangerously close to do or die for the Hondurans, who need to earn some quick points to stay in contention for a place in Qatar in November.

A string of shaky early games put this group of veterans in a deep hole, 11 points behind the Mexicans for a guaranteed World Cup spot, and behind Panama by the same number of points to qualify for the playoffs. .

After going winless in their first six games in the Octagon, where they were outscored by a 9-2 margin, Fabian Coito was fired, with the experience Hernan Dario Gomez now at the helm.

The 65-year-old is one of only three managers to have guided three different teams to the FIFA World Cup (Colombia, Ecuador and Panama), with the other two being Bora Milutinovic and Carlos Alberto Parreira.

Since the Colombian took charge, Los Catrachos have shown more quality in the final third with four goals in their last three games in all competitions, but the results remain the same as they have given up all three of their games played under their new boss (against Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia) by a single goal.

Even though they only had the ball for 34% of their previous match against the Canadians in September, it was perhaps their best performance of this qualifying stage, taking the lead late in the first half and shooting six shots on target in 90 minutes, ultimately settling for a 1-1 draw.

The more the games go on, the more fatigue seems to get the better of this team, which has conceded 15 goals in the Octagon so far, including 12 in the second half, including three in eight minutes in the previous one. match played in San Pedro against the Panamanians.

Canadian Jonathan Osorio celebrates with his teammates on October 7, 2021© Reuters

Canada come into this tie feeling pretty good about themselves, unbeaten after eight qualifying matches as they took advantage of the freezing conditions in Edmonton in November, while also benefiting from a poor goalkeeper who helped move a point above the United States in their quest to make the final for the first time since 1986.

What John Herdman accomplished as manager of this team is impressive, but the man who coached the Canadians to the World Cup in their own backyard in 2015 will have a big challenge ahead of him, with Alphonse Davies unavailable due to a minor problem with the heart muscle.

Losing arguably the best winger in the world is undoubtedly a blow for the Canucks, who have had their hands full playing away to Honduras, a team that eliminated them from the last two FIFA Cup qualifying campaigns. world, including an 8-1 thrashing that ended Canada’s dream of potentially making the 2014 final, in a match played at the same stadium that will host that game on Thursday.

One area Herdman must be pleased with is the fact his side have come out much more aggressively from the opening whistle in their previous two qualifiers, scoring first each time, having conceded the opener in four of their first six matches played in this round.

Away points are valuable and can be the difference between qualifying or not, but even though they have drawn at Azteca, USA and Jamaica, these players and their coach demand a lot from them. each other, and they weren’t happy with any of those results.

Four of their last six qualifying matches will be away, in places they have struggled to win, while many pundits sign them up for Qatar, the Canucks are by no means there yet.

With the wet conditions we’re likely to see in San Pedro, in addition to some of the heartbreak Canada has had in the Central American republic, it will be interesting to see whether or not Herdman stays aggressive and tries to stretch the field. wide against a much older Honduran team, or if he chooses to play conservatively knowing they are in a comfortable position in the standings.

Honduras Form – World Cup Qualifiers – North Central America:

Form of Honduras (all competitions):

Canada World Cup Qualifiers – North Central America Form:

Team News

Honduras striker Alberth Elis (7) controls the ball in the second half against the United States during the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Soccer Series Semi-Finals at Empower Field in Mile High on June 4, 2021© Reuters

CF Montreal striker Romell Quiotowho led his Canadian club in goalscoring last year with eight goals, netted Los Catrachos’ only goal in their loss to Costa Rica in November, while Gomez will rely on more than Alberth Eliswho scored seven times in Ligue 1 for Bordeaux, and also scored the opener in their 3-2 loss to the Panamanians.

Boniek Garcia will have to wait until the last qualifying window to have a chance of moving up to third all-time in international selections for Honduras as he was not selected for this match meaning he will remain one appearance behind Christmas Valladareswhile he still has a long way to go to catch up with the captain Maynor Figueroawho is first with 179 caps.

The Hondurans had a very different starting line-up in their friendly against Columbia earlier this month compared to the team that started their previous qualifier, new faces included. Denil Maldonado, Diego Rodriguez, Juan Delgado, Ivan Lopez, Kervin Arriaga, Jorge Alvarez and Eddie Hernandez.

Alphonso Davies is not the only important loss for Canada before this meeting, as a midfielder Stephen Eustaquio tested positive for COVID and will not be available for this game.

The Canucks set many national team records last year, including Atiba Hutchinson becoming Canada’s most capped player, collecting his 90th appearance in their previous game against Mexico to surpass Julien de Guzman, Junior Hoilet is now this team’s all-time leader in assists with 14 and is two goals behind Ali Gerba for ninth place all-time, while Cyle Larin equalized with Dwayne DeRosario for the most goals ever for Les Rouges, scoring a brace in their 2-1 victory over the Mexicans.

jonathan david is the second goalscorer in Ligue 1 with the Lille striker scoring 12 goals at home, one less than Wissam Ben Yedder of Monaco and he is one goal behind Dale Mitchell and John Catliff third all-time for Canada, while Tajon Buchanan made his second domestic appearance for Club Brugge on Sunday, collecting his first assist for the reigning Belgian champions, setting up the equalizer via Lower Dost.

Possible starting lineup from Honduras:
Lopez; Elvir, Figueroa, Maldonado, Vargas; Moya, Acosta, Mejia, Arriaga; Elis, Quioto

Possible starting line-up for Canada:
Borjan; Johnston, Vitoria, Miller; Laryea, Hutchinson, Osorio, Hoilett; Buchanan, Larine, David

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We say: Honduras 0-0 Canada

The Canadians haven’t beaten La H in Honduras since 1985 and while playing without Davies will be difficult, not having Eustaquio is arguably even more important as the man currently on loan at FC Porto has done a marvelous job of managing games for this team.

Honduras have played better under their new manager, but it seems father time has taken over this group, and with the hot climate in Central America, it might be difficult for the game breakers in each unit to show their quality. .


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