Honduras V Chile Preview: Wednesday, 16th June (Group H)

15th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions


Honduras V Chile

Kick-off: Wednesday, 16th June – 12:30 GMT
Stadium: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)
Group H



Honduras have only ever participated in one World Cup previously, registering two draws and a defeat as they exited the Spanish finals back in 1982 at the group stage. Back then, only a point was the difference between Honduras making the knock-outs and packing their suitcases, and it’s those fine margins which ultimately decide a players/teams fate. Can the Hondurans make amends for their near miss by claiming one of the two available qualifying positions in Group H?

Passionate Honduras supporters will be in the mindset that the Gods are watching over their players, after a late United States goal in Costa Rica sent Honduras to the finals, ending a 28 year wait for World Cup prestige. Whether or not they can make the most of their good fortune remains to be seen, although, from what we’ve seen of them, they aren’t necessarily our first pick to make it through the group above Switzerland and Chile, while it’s somewhat a given that Spain will finish top of Group H. Before the finals, Honduras partook in five warm up internationals which seen them finish with a record of 0 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats, all against sides of little standing.

We feel it’s safe to stick Honduras in that category of teams that definitely won’t win the competition, as with supremely talented individuals at a premium the North American side will find life tough going despite the relative ease at which their group would be for a high quality team, such as Spain. They do, however, have two players with a keen eye for goal in Carlos Pavon and David Suazo, who between them have scored 73 international goals, as well as rack up 152 caps. However, the most notable Honduran is Tottenham Hotspur’s Wilson Palacios, who will look to break up opposing attacks as well as form some of his own for Honduras. There is enough experience and know-how in defence while the same can be said for their 33 year-old keeper Noel Valladares.

If Honduras are harbouring any realistic hopes or targets of making the knock-outs than this is a fixture they simply have to win. With Spain next up, defeat to Chile would all but end their hopes of being a part of the last-sixteen. They have two wise goal-getters up front and they need to use them if they wish to stand any chance of ousting the South Americans.



Chile pack more of a punch with their previous World Cup experience, having played in seven finals previously – six more than Honduras – and can even brag about a third-place finish back in 1962, although those finals were held on Chilean soil. However, their most recent appearance was back in 1998 and that remains their only World Cup entry in an otherwise baron 24 year spell. It’s a lot more than their match day rivals though, so can Chile make their World Cup wisdom count when the two meet on Wednesday?

When seeing the draw for South Africa 2010, Chile will have been delighted, and probably jumping for joy, at the prospect of facing the 2008 European champions and making the Round of 16. Like Honduras, Chile will be well aware that Spain are the favourites to progress, the likely group winners, but the second knock-out berth is well and truly up for grabs and Chile, after impressing during qualifying when finishing second only to Brazil, will begin their World Cup adventure with plenty of optimism.

The last World Cup Chile played in they did make the knock-outs, although that was only the second occasion in seven attempts they had achieved such a feat and that has to be a huge put-off factor for any potential Chile backer, their knack of faltering in the group stage. They arrive, though, in good knick, as we said earlier, finishing second in South America qualifying, a point behind the classy Brazilians, and will be supremely confident that with the squad they have they better their abysmal record at the group stage of the finals.

It was pretty evident that Chile’s defence wasn’t their strongest asset when conceding 22 goals in 18 qualifiers, although still not bad considering the attack bias South American teams usually play with, but more instead in the ferocious forward power which seen them rack up 32 goals in the same amount of games, once again finishing 1 shy of the mighty Brazil. If their superb all round record in qualifying is anything to go by, which it should to some degree, Chile are only slightly worse off than Brazil but a distance better than Argentina, who are prominent in the betting market to win the World Cup. There is, of course, the small matter of their star forward missing this game through injury, as Humberto Suazo, who scored 10 goals in qualifying, is set to miss the games with Honduras and Switzerland. With the exception of that piece of bad news, and that is significant information, Chile are more than just a decent outfit, and should they replicate the form shown in qualifying will wipe the floor with Honduras.


Match Odds:

Honduras – 6.50 Bet365
Draw – 4.00 bWin
Chile – 1.67 WilliamHill


Our Prediction: Chile to WIN – 1.67 WilliamHill

The only niggle with a back of Chile is how they replace and cope without Humberto Suazo, as against a Honduras side which conceded goals against Turkey, Belarus, Venezuela and Romania, Chile will find goalscoring opportunities easy to come by, it’s just about putting them away. In Fernandez and Sanchez, Chile have two deadly wingers, two skilful and pacey wingers who will continue to swing in delightful crosses for the central figure in front of goal, which could be absolutely anyone as Bielsa doesn’t really have another out-an-out striker in his squad. Either way, considering Honduras don’t exactly pack much of a punch in the final third themselves, so long as Suazo’s replacements puts away one of the chances he gets, Chile should make the best possible start in Group H.

Our Recommended Bet: Chile to Score 2 or More Goals – 1.80 PaddyPower

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