Can you believe it? After nine games on the road to the 2022 World Cup, Honduras remains winless. However, that could change on Sunday, when La H plays host to El Salvador. I can assure you that they won’t have a better opportunity.
The home side even comes in as the soccer betting favorite at +105. Plus, we’re talking about a game that’s for much more than three points. It’s about honor.
Honduras vs El Salvador CONCACAF 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Fixture 10
At Rock Bottom
After losing its last three home games, Honduras needs to start turning things around. There’s no more time for excuses. Otherwise, they’ll finish dead last.
Most recently, they played host to Canada and lost 2-0. La H won possession with 59 percent, but the team just doesn’t know what to do with the ball. They only made three shots on target despite being in a must-win situation.
Forget about playing 4-5-1, especially with Alex Lopez out. Honduras needs to be more aggressive, create more second chances and stop depending on a 38-year-old center back.
Even though recent scores and odds haven’t been on its side, I do believe Honduras has what it takes to win. Overall, we’re talking about a much more experienced team than El Salvador. They qualified for two of the last three World Cups. Hernan Dario Gomez is one of three coaches to have led at least three different teams to a World Cup. Considering that, beating El Salvador at home seems crazy easy.
No major injuries to report here. Honduras’ predicted lineup: Luis Lopez; Wisdom Quaye, Denil Maldonado, Maynor Figueroa, Diego Rodriguez; Kervin Arriaga, Alfredo Mejia, Edwin Rodriguez; Bryan Acosta, Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto.
El Salvador’s Good Fight
El Salvador has met expectations, because nobody was waiting for them to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. That doesn’t mean they haven’t put up a good fight, because they’ve.
Midweek, they lost 1-0 to Team USA. I expected that game to be a blowout, but Los Cuscatlecos did a good job defensively. On the other side of the field, they didn’t make a single shot on target. If they want to have a chance, that can’t happen again on Sunday.
They also put up a good fight when they visited Costa Rica and Panama. They started winning both games, but wound up losing 2-1. That means El Salvador’s biggest problem is related to concentration, not lack of talent.
That also means, in this particular case, that Los Cuscatlecos could be considered a tempting online gambling underdog. They’re offering a +310 price, which means your payout for a $100 bet would be $410 if they pull off the upset.
No major injuries to report here either. El Salvador’s predicted lineup: Mario Martinez; Bryan Tamacas, Eduardo Acosta, Roberto Dominguez, Alexander Larin; Enrico Hernandez, Bryan Landaverde, Darwin Ceren; Alex Roldan, Cristian Gil, Jairo Henriquez.
Honduras vs El Salvador Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 63
- Honduras Victories: 31 (100 goals)
- El Salvador Victories: 15 (64 goals)
- Draws: 17
The first leg between these two finished with a goalless draw. El Salvador won possession with 70 percent but only one shot on target. Honduras also finished with only one shot on target. Keep in mind it was only the second WCQ game and now both are in a must-win situation.
Don’t be discouraged, that was the first time they drew 0-0 in a long time. The total went way over two goals in two of their last five meetings.
Honduras vs El Salvador Game Information
- Date: Sunday
- Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula
- Honduras vs El Salvador Live Stream: fuboTV
Honduras vs El Salvador Betting Lines
|Honduras||-½ +105||+105||2 -110o|| |
|El Salvador||+½ -135||+310||2 -120u||½ -145o |
Honduras vs El Salvador Prediction
Mathematically, both teams still have a chance. However, they need more than a miracle to turn things around. That’s why I expect both to play without pressure, go all-in and delight us with a goal-fest.
Playing at home, Honduras must take the reins right from the start. Gomez knows his job beyond the WCQ is on the line. Against any other opponent, I wouldn’t recommend that you include Honduras in your soccer picks, but It’s now or never for them to get a W.