After a slow start at the group stage, El Sombrero could finally finish as the top of the group A, which leads to an easier path to avoid USA in the semifinal. At the quarter final, they will be up against Honduras, the runner up from group D. They surprisingly could only finish the second after a shocking result in their last outing. It will certainly a bumpy road to progress for Maynor Figueroa and Co.
Both teams’ previous games
Mexico finally could get past El-Salvador which had an ambition to topple them in group A. In this decisive match, the only goal of the game came from the right back Luis Rodriguez on 26th minute. It was enough to lift off to the top.
Meanwhile, Honduras had to lose 0-2 from the guest team, Qatar. The host of World Cup 2022 was so motivated to avoid facing off Mexico too early. Homam Ahmed bagged an opener on 25th minute and Aldelaziz Hatim doubled their lead before the final whistle.
The former Paraguay and Argentina boss Gerrardo Martino would still be deploying 4-3-3 formation. Without Hirving Lozano upfront, Tata counts on FC Porto man Jesus Corona, Rugelio Funes Mori and probably the youngster Efrain Alvarez as the front three. In the midfield, Hector Herrera would occupy the anchorman role accompanied by Orbelin Pineda and Erick Sanchez.
His counterpart, Fabian Coito, is likely to deploy 4-4-2 formation. Jerry Bergston and Romell Quito would be the duo frontman, supported by Alexander Lopez, Bryan Acosta, Kevin Lopez and Walter Martinez from the second line.
Players to watch
The brother of Argentine international, Ramiro Funes Mori, Rogelio, seems to be the main forward under Tata Martino’s line up in this tournament. He has netted two goals so far. Some other important figures in the squad are PSV midfielder Erick Guiterrez, Hector Herrera, Ajax defender Edson Alvarez and Celta Vigoe centre back, Nestor Araujo.
The former Wigan man, Maynor Figueroa remains one of the key figure in the team. The skipper has made 168 caps and scored five goals. Some other notable names to watch are Olimpia forward Jerry Bergtson and CF Montreal striker Romell Quito.
Mexico vs Honduras Prediction
Honduras would have to strive and employ the more solid defensive stance to prevent themselves from conceding, which is quite challenging. The reigning champions has better attacking line. Fabian Coito must not repeat the same mistake in the previous outing, should they still aim for one spot in the last four. Mexico would not let it happen as it would be shameful for them if they fail to advance. A narrow win for Tata Martino’s men is still more likely.
Mexico vs Honduras Betting odds
Mexico is definitely the clear favourite here as they are projected to win at 1.20, whereas Honduras’s odds to win are at 13.04. The value for a draw result is at 5.70.