Mexico vs Honduras Prediction, Odds, Picks Gold Cup
- Mexico’s undefeated run in the competition should continue through the weekend
- Honduras have sadly been struck with countless setbacks
- In net, Mexico have a strong goalkeeping presence that has yet to be scored on
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Can Honduras upset the Gold Cup favorites?
They have a long history of occasionally stifling Mexico in noteworthy matches, and back in June, they held their upcoming opponents to a 0-0 draw in a friendly.
Stranger things have happened in soccer, but unfortunately for Honduras, the Central Americans have been depleted little by little as the tournament has progressed.
Injuries and positive COVID-19 cases have impacted the Honduran squad.
With key players missing, they finished the group stage with a 2-0 loss to Qatar.
As for Mexico, they’ll be riding high after going through their own group stage process without a single loss or goal allowed.
This would be an entirely different conversation if Honduras were at full strength, but with go-to starters missing, it’s tough to think they’ll do much in the Gold Cup quarterfinals.
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How to Watch Mexico vs Honduras
|Mexico vs Honduras Information|
|Teams||Mexico vs Honduras|
|Location||State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)|
|Time||Saturday, July 24th at 10:00pm ET|
|How to Watch||FS1, Univision, TUDN|
Although there is only a one point difference between their performances in the group stage, there seems to be a noticeable gap between Mexico and Honduras.
For Honduras, optimism seems to be decreasing with each passing game.
After already having to deal with players needing to recover before the Gold Cup, Honduras have continued to be hit with more injuries and positive cases of COVID-19.
Understandably and unfortunately, their form seems to be dropping.
The most recent 2-0 loss to Qatar was a reminder that the Central Americans aren’t physically or motivationally at the top of their game.
Mexico also had some scares in the group stage, which included a serious injury for one of their players as well, but they can count themselves lucky that they haven’t gone through Honduras’ hardships.
No Serious Problems Just Yet For Mexico In The Gold Cup
In comparison to Honduras, Mexico should have no complaints.
No players or staff (at time of writing) have tested positive for COVID-19, and although star winger Hirving “Chucky” Lozano is injured, they still have an imposing amount of attacking firepower.
And while some fans are bothered by a perceived lack of consistent one-sided and statement-making wins, the fact remains that Mexico went undefeated in the group stage.
Not only that, but they also have yet to allow a goal in the Gold Cup.
Things are obviously much more challenging in the knockout round, but as mentioned earlier, Honduras won’t be as tough as they tend to be.
Honduras Are Limping Into The Knockout Round
“Horrendous,” began an article earlier this week from Diez, a major Honduran sports paper.
The article, which went on to detail the positive COVID-19 cases and recent injuries for Honduras, did plenty to highlight the depressed mood from fans of the Central American team.
This is far from the best Honduras that Mexico have seen in the past.
Typically a tight and nervy battle between the two, Mexico now have a sizable advantage as they head to Arizona for the quarterfinal.
Mexico Goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera Has Quietly Done Well
Let’s say Honduras find a way to devise a handful of dangerous chances.
Perhaps through a mistake or two from Mexico’s backline, they might even be able to create several shots on target.
The bad news for the Hondurans is that they’ll then have to face Alfredo Talavera.
Talavera, who has started in all of Mexico’s Gold Cup matches so far, has been an unsung hero of sorts in net.
He hasn’t needed to be as busy as other goalkeepers in the tournament, but nonetheless, the veteran has been invaluable with his three clean sheets.
With plenty of experience as a previous Gold Cup winner, Talavera won’t be phased by the emotions and intensity that will step up in the knockout round.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]