Honduras – World Cup 2010 – Betting
Manager: Reinaldo Rueda
Captain: Amado Guevara
FIFA Ranking: 40
World Cup Appearances: 1
Best World Cup: Round 1 – 1982
Honduras Team Profile
The Hondurans, in just their second ever World Cup, will have been pleased with their group in that it’s competitive enough that they could maybe spring a surprise with progression, while the dream fixture will be the one with the 2008 European Champions Spain.
As we’ve already mentioned, this will be just the second time Honduras will play in a World Cup after a 28 year drought without one. They are a surprise inclusion as very few fancied their chances in the North American qualifying sector, while Los Catrachos needed a huge slice of luck elsewhere to seal their progression, as a late USA goal against Costa Rica sparked frantic celebration over in Honduras. They’ll feel the Gods were looking down on them that day, and with the footballing Gods apparently on their side, they’ll head to South Africa with plenty of optimism aiming to bypass a fairly average Group H. Of course, Spain will be a tough assignment and one they look destined to fail in, but Chile and Switzerland aren’t the strongest of nation and so rightly so Honduras will fancy their chances of springing a genuine surprise in South Africa.
Nickname: Los Catrachos
Honduras Key Players
The majority of the Honduras team aren’t household names, while those of you who follow the main band of European league might recognise a few. The stand outs, though, are Amado Guevara (Captain), Wilson Palacios, David Suazo and their all-time leading scorer Carlos Pavon. The latter is 36 years of age but still manage to accumulate seven goals in nine qualifiers for his country, and while he may not have the freshest pair of legs, his experience and wisdom will be influential for the rest of the team.
Everyone should know what Wilson Palacios is all about. He’s one of the more professional players in the Premier League at his club Tottenham Hotspur. He simply sits in the centre of the field, calmly collecting the ball and distributing it all around the pitch. Palacios goes about his business in quite manner, but he’s effective at what he does and without him in the side Honduras would struggle to retain possession.
Carlos Pavon took most of the limelight with his 7 goals in 9 qualifiers, but he was amply assisted by Genoa’s David Suazo, who has been around the block with some big clubs in Europe, and he too has valuable experience and know-how which will aid Honduras well in South Africa in front of goal.
Justin Leon is another player to keep an eye out for, as his pace down the left flank will enable Honduras to puss forward more and exploit the full-back areas. He will look to bomb forward, hit the byline and deliver a telling cross in an area where either Pavon or Suazo can pounce.
I would say undoubtedly their experienced forward duo of Carlos Pavon and David Suazo. They’ve experienced the big time at club level, while they’ve been in the Honduras team long enough to know where the through balls will go and where the crosses will land. Honduras have two smart and intelligent forwards at the forefront of their attack, two players which know how to sniff out a chance. The pair are proper goal-getters and will be valuable to Honduras over the course of the summer.
Seeing as we haven’t seen too much of them, the lack of strength within the deeper reaches of the squad would be a concern, while the unfamiliarity of their defence will also spring a few doubts. Moreover, the fact they’ve scraped through qualification by the skin of teeth means they are the worst of the three North American teams in South Africa, which considering North American football isn’t the strongest, doesn’t bode at all well.
World Cup Potential: 1/5
We’re certain the Hondurans (Not an official nickname, but we’re sure it will catch on soon enough) will be a spirited bunch, and their travelling support of Honduras followers will make for a party atmosphere on the sidelines. Their two experienced forwards give them half-a-chance of perhaps nicking a few points off either Chile and Switzerland, but progression from the group would be a real surprise and an unlikely scenario. Even so, they’ll give their all and could well be a nation the neutrals pledge their vow of support to. After all, everyone loves an underdog.
Honduras World Cup Betting Odds
Honduras to win the World Cup: 1500 Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Honduras were 1000/1
Official Honduras World Cup Squad
Noel Valladares (Olimpia)
Donis Escober (Olimpia)
Ricardo Canales (Motagua)
Sergio Mendoza (Motagua)
Emilio Izaguirre (Motagua)
Mauricio Sabillon (Hangzhou Greentown/China)
Osman Chavez (Platense)
Johnny Palacios (Olimpia)
Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic)
Victor Bernardez (RSC Anderlecht)
Danilo Turcios (Olimpia)
Hendry Thomas (Wigan Athletic)
Edgard Alvarez (AS Bari)
Roger Espinoza (Kansas City Wizards)
Amado Guevara (Motagua)
Wilson Palacios (Tottenham Hotspur)
Julia Cesar de Leon (Torino)
Oscar Boniek Garcia (Olimpia)
Walter Martinez (Marathon)
Georgie Welcom (Motagua)
Ramon Nunez (Olimpia)
Carlos Pavon (Real Espana)
David Suazo (FC Genoa)
last update: 18 June 2010
World Cup 2010 Honduras Fixtures – Group H
|Date - Time||Group||Match||Result|
|16/06 - 12.30||H||Honduras - Chile||0-1|
|16/06 - 15.00||H||Spain - Switzerland||0-1|
|21/06 - 15.00||H||Chile - Switzerland||1-0|
|21/06 - 19.30||H||Spain - Honduras||2-0|
|25/06 - 19.30||H||Chile - Spain||1-2|
|25/06 - 19.30||H||Switzerland - Honduras||0-0|
World Cup 2010 Group H - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Spain||3 Matches / 6 Points|
|2||Chile||3 Matches / 6 Points|
|3||Switzerland||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|4||Honduras||3 Matches / 1 Point|