Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
All eyes will be on BBVA Compass Stadium when Honduras and Qatar face each other in the Group D derby. Honduras booked their place in the Gold Cup quarter-finals thanks to a 3-2 win over Panama, and they are one point away from securing a top-two finish. Anyhow, Los Catrachos are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Wednesday’s clash. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Montreal midfielder Romell Quioto, who has already netted three goals at the tournament.
Qatar, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in a 4-0 win over Grenada. The Asian outfit, who were given a special invitation to take part at the 2021 Gold Cup, are one point away from making it to the quarter-finals, meaning that there is a big value in betting on draw. Bualem Khoukhi should be fit for the decider, while Tariq Salman is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Andy Najar):
Andy Najar is a Honduras footballer who plays for both Anderlecht and the Honduras national team. Najar is a product of D.C. United’s youth academy and it has to be noted that he was named in the USSF Development Academy starting XI in 2009. The Honduras player made his senior debut for D.C. United on March 27, 2010 in a game against Kansas City Wizards.
Andy Najar scored his first professional goal one month later in a match against Dallas. Najar impressed in the 2010 MLS season and, as a result, he received the Rookie of the Year award. Speaking of his international career, Andy Najar made his Honduras debut on September 3, 2011, coming as a substitute in a friendly game against Colombia.
The right-footed winger (full-back) represented Honduras at the 2012 Olympics and he scored his first goal for los Catrachos against Costa Rica in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout stages. Andy Najar was born on March 16, 1993 in Choluteca.
Highlighted Team (Qatar):
Qatar national team played their first official international game on March 27, 1970, with the team losing to Bahrain (1-2) on the road. The Maroons suffered their biggest defeat to Kuwait in January, 1973 and 42 years later they recorded their biggest win against Bhutan (15-0). Qatar did remarkably well to win the 2019 Asian Cup, with the team beating Japan 3-1 in the title game. The same year the Maroons received a wild card for the Copa America.
Qatar were elected to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup as well. The Asian side are well known for their dark red shirts, whereas their away kit is white. Qatar are affiliated to both AFC (Asia) and WAFF (West Asia) confederations. Sebastian Soria is the most capped Qatar footballer and it has to be noted that he is still the team’s top scorer. The Maroons play their home games at various stadiums, but they are likely to play their 2022 World Cup opener at Lusail Iconic Stadium which can hold up to 80,000 spectators.