Mexico vs. Honduras Soccer Picks
By Andrew Ryan
Of all of the teams in the Gold Cup, Mexico was probably the most impressive in the group stage. Granted, there wasn’t a team that turned out with all nine points in the first three matches, but Mexico played two quite impressive matches. Mexico probably deserved a better fate than playing against Honduras in the quarterfinals, but this should still be a relatively easy match.
Mexico vs. Honduras
Date and Time: Thursday, July 20, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Mexico vs. Honduras TV Coverage: FOX Sports 1
This Mexico team is still the favorite to win the Gold Cup, and for good reason. We aren’t so sure who Juan Carlos Osorio is going to call up for his six roster changes as of the publication of this article, but the changes are sure to ultimately help this team out.
Not that that should make much of a difference for a fixture like this one.
Mexico had no problems against El Salvador or Curacao in the group stage, and we don’t see many problems here either regardless as to what somewhat experimental roster Osorio puts on the pitch. Though there aren’t any players on this roster who have dozens of goals, the talent is clearly here. Erick Torres has shown great flashes in this tournament, as has Angel Sepulveda. Even without any other strikers coming onto the roster, we have confidence, at least at this level, in these members of El Tri.
This Honduran team is the most fortunate in quite some time. By right, Honduras only earned two points in the group stage. That said, a 0-0 draw against French Guiana was turned into a 3-0 victory when French Guiana was forced to forfeit due to the fact that it knowingly suited Florent Malouda, an ineligible player after he played for years and years for the French national team.
That said, Los Catrachos are here in the knockout rounds and are going to try to make the most of their opportunity against Mexico.
The good news for this Honduran squad is that it’s experienced and isn’t going to be intimidated by this moment.
The bad news is that the team has yet to score a goal in three group stage matches.
11 – The number of shots on goal the Hondurans have allowed thus far in the Gold Cup.
For all the grief we have given this Honduras team for not scoring any goals thus far, it hasn’t allowed much either. The only goal of the tourney it conceded came against Costa Rica, and that really came against the run of play. The Hondurans were arguably the better team in all three of their matches, and their defensive marks have been fantastic.
There’s no doubt that Mexico is going to have control of this matchup, but we question whether it is going to be able to pour multiple goals in the back of the net or not. We know that this Honduras side is going to just try to sit behind the ball and spring loose on the counterattack. It’s not a particularly fruitful strategy, but the good news is that pretty much every version of the Mexico team under Osorio of late has had the same problem trying to ultimately get big time chances in the final third.
The poking and prodding will continue for the full 90 minutes for the Mexicans, and perhaps they’ll draw their blood at some point. But even against a total that should come out at a flat 2, we don’t see any problems backing the under. One moment of brilliance one way or the other could be the only thing that ends up separating these teams. Honduras will stay in this one throughout.
Mexico vs. Honduras Soccer Pick: Under 2 at BookMaker.eu
Mexico vs. Honduras Score Prediction: Mexico 1, Honduras 0