[odds data-token=’QBekB74DKeaAOGnnhUvbohjOtZkMrl9Rwu0x0gwU’ class=’odds-1-centered’ data-lang=’en’ data-odds-format=’american’]
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.
The best odds for this match
Odds provided by William Hill
|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.
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.
“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.
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.
Club World Cup 2023 Winner Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks
INTERNATIONAL SOCCER | 3 February - 08:16 | Greg Lea
EFL Cup Winner Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks 2022/23
INTERNATIONAL SOCCER | 30 January - 05:48 | Greg Lea
Europa League Winner Predictions, Odds, Where to Bet 2022/23
INTERNATIONAL SOCCER | 30 January - 05:44 | Greg Lea
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]More info on Cesar Hernandez
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. If you feel like you're losing control over your gambling experience, call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, PA, WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-522-4700 (NV), 1-800-522-4700 (CO, TN), 1-855-2CALLGA (IL), 1-800-270-7117 (MI).
WSN.com is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.