Honduras are widely expected to be one of the whipping boys of the World Cup in Brazil, but to be fair to them they have beaten all of the other three teams who qualified though their section. No doubt they will not progress, but their performances may not be as bad as some will expect.
GK’s: Noel Valladares, Donis Escobar, Luis Lopez
DF’s: Brayan Beckeles, Emilio Izaguirre, Juan Carlos Garcia, Maynor Figueroa, Victor Bernardez, Osman Chavez, Juan Pablo Montes.
MF’s: Arnold Peralta, Luis Garrido, Roger Espinoza, Jorge Claros, Wilson Palacios, Oscar Garcia, Andy Najar, Mario Martinez, Marvin Chavez.
FW’s: Jerry Bengtson, Jerry Palacios, Carlo Costly, Rony Martinez
As mentioned in the intro to the Honduran team, they did well in qualifying, beating Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA – so no pushovers, hence why we are doing a preview on them. As with all teams at the WC – they all have dangerous players – several of this squad play in Europe. Here are 3 we think could be key…
Ones to Watch:
Emilio Izaguirre – This Left Back is a very speedy player, with a wicked left foot and the ability to get a cross in. He is one of their better known players, and has had a lot of success with Celtic.
Wilson Palacios – the Stoke midfielder may have fallen by the wayside in the Premier League, but he is still a good player. At the heart of midfield he will be a key man for the Honduran side.
Jerry Bengtson – He is currently plying his trade in the MLS with the New England Revolution, and has a record of 19 goals in 41 for the national team. A very pacey striker, who could bag a goal or two!
(4-4-2): Valladares, Izaguirre, J Carlos Garcia, Bernardez, Figueroa, Najar, W Palacios, Espinoza, Martinez, Bengtson, J Palacios
I’ll be honest – bar a few there I do not know a lot of their players. From a little research this is the best guess we can have at assuming the starting 11 and formation, though often then change to a 4-3-3 like most teams these days. The last few games have been a 4-4-2 formation.
Finish Bottom of Group – 2/7
Qualify from Group – 7/1
Win – 2500/1
Under 1.5 Points – 4/7
Barring a miracle, sense dictates they will go home. Other sides are too much for them, and like their two previous appearances, they will probably get knocked out in the Group stage. Best value bet we can find is Under 1.5 Points at 4/7 – that to us is value!