CONCACAF Qualifying

3rd September 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions





CONCACAF Qualifying

 

 

Costa Rica lead the way with 12 POINTS, USA are shocking no one by filling second spot with 10 POINTS, while Honduras have been the surprise package and currently sit in the third and final automatic qualifying spot with 7 POINTS.

 

Mexico have massively underachieved and they can be found faltering in fourth position with just 6 POINTS. The Mexicans hold the position which will enable one side in the CONCACAF zone to play a two-legged play-off match with the country that finishes in fifth in the South American zone.

 

El Salvador could still make South Africa but they would need to pull off a few shocks along the way, but, however, they are within touching distance of third placed Honduras. El Salvador currently have 5 POINTS and are just two points behind Honduras.

 

Trinidad & Tobago can safely be ruled out of contention after showing no signs of mounting a challenge on the top three positions. They currently have just 2 POINTS and would need a minor miracle to qualify for South Africa.

 

 

REMEMBER: The top THREE countries qualify for the World Cup in South Africa, with the nation that finishes in fourth having to contest a two-legged play-off with a South American opponent.

 

 

 

 

USA V El Salvador

 

Sunday 6th September – 01:00 GMT

 

 

The USA are firm favourites to bolster their point tally at the expense of an El Salvador team with just one win in qualification thus far. Also, the USA have dominated past meetings between the two, winning thirteen of the previous eighteen clashes between the two nations, scoring 43 goals compared to El Salvador’s 10.

 

A win for USA would put them firmly in the driving seat as far as finishing in the qualifying spots go. So long as the USA finish third or higher, then they’ll be booking their flight to South Africa and, with just four qualifiers to go, two wins from their remaining four should be enough to start their South African preparations.

 

El Salvador aren’t out of it yet though but they do find themselves five points behind USA in third. However, they could sneak into fourth place although they would need to win pretty much all of their remaining four qualifiers.

 

A few familiar names could feature with Fulham’s Clint Dempsey an integral part of the USA set up whilst the young power house that is; Jose Altidore, he should start up front alongside LA’s Landon Donovan whilst Everton’s Tim Howard will start in goal as he aims to keep USA’s fourth successive shut-out on US soil.

 

Very few of the El Salvador team will ring any bells to the neutrals but both Alfredo Pacheco & Ramon Sanchez have over 120 international caps between them and both ply their trade in the MLS.

 

 

It’s hard to envisage anything but a victory for the US. They will be well aware that a victory over El Salvador would set them up nicely ahead of an away trip to Trinidad & Tobago, four days later. A win in both should be enough to secure them a place in the South Africa.

 

 

Match Odds:

 

USA – 2/9 Coral

El Salvador – 14/1 SportingBet

Draw – 5/1 Bet365

 

 

 

 

 

Honduras V Trinidad & Tobago

 

Sunday 6th September – 02:00 GMT

 

 

Honduras are on the verge of appearing in just their second World Cup after a very impressive qualifying campaign, by their low standards. They may have won just two out of six games but all that matters is that they currently sit in the third and final automatic qualification spot for the World Cup in South Africa.

 

It’s now theirs to lose and Honduras will appreciate a home game with bottom of the group – Trinidad. However, Trinidad did hold Honduras to a 1-1 draw when the pair met in Trinidad earlier in the year and a similar result, on home soil, would be a huge setback as this game does represent their easier chance of wrapping up three points.

 

Mathematically, Trinidad & Tobago could still qualify for the World Cup but they would need a miracle, or a player like Christiano Ronaldo in their side. They have very little in terms of quality within their mist, and this shows in their group status. Two points from five qualifiers just about says it all and they will do well to take a point from this game as Honduras will be hungry for all three.

 

Two players to keep an eye out for here will be Wigan’s Maynor Figueroa and Tottenham’s Wilson Palacios. The latter has been an influential figure for Honduras and they will be hoping the pacey winger can put in another big shift as Honduras aim to cement a top three finish.

 

 

Match Odds:

 

Honduras – 2/5 SkyBet

Trinidad & Tobago – 8/1 Bet365

Draw – 15/4 StanJames

 

 

 

 

 

Costa Rica V Mexico

 

Sunday 6th September – 03:00 GMT

 

 

This is the biggest clash of all three and it kicks off last as Mexico aim to get their qualifying ambitions back on track with a victory away at Group leaders Costa Rica. The Mexicans have endured a dreadful start to qualifying, but Sven Goran Eriksson was at the helm then and he’s been long gone, and good riddance as far as the Mexicans are concerned. Costa Rica on the other hand have made the best starts of all the six nations and at the halfway stage, Costa Rica lead the group by two points.

 

Four wins from five has given Costa Rica twelve points and, you would feel anyway, another two wins should be enough to ensure they’re on the place for South Africa next summer. However, they certainly have a tough task on their hands if they are to tick off one of their required two victories by beating a resurgent Mexico.

 

Mexico come into this crucial qualifier with two wins behind them, victories over Trinidad & Tobago and USA should do wonders for their somewhat faltering team morale. They got their World Cup bid back on track last month with victory over the USA (2-1), however, Mexico have yet to win an away qualifier, losing all four.

 

Were Mexico to pull something out of the hat and beat the Costa Rican’s, their hopes of making the finals will rise considerably as two of their following three qualifiers will be in Mexico, where their only two wins have come so far.

 

 

Costa Rica will want to wrap up qualification so they’ll be gunning for the win, while Mexico certainly have much easier games to come, on home soil, so a draw would be seen as a positive result for them. These factors make this a hard match to call and it’s one we would probably steer well clear of although you probably couldn’t go far wrong with a lay of Mexico after looking at their dire away results already in qualifying.

 

 

Match Odds:

 

Costa Rica – 8/5 BetFred

Mexico – 15/8 Coral

Draw – 23/10 Coral

 

 

 



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