Our football match prediction:
There will be fireworks when Honduras and Costa Rica face each other at Red Bull Arena at the start of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Honduras do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of Saturday’s football match and you should bear in mind that they recorded only one win in last eight games in all competitions. Costa Rica have been having their ups and downs in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but thanks to a 2-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago they put an end to their six-game winless run. As always, former Arsenal winger Joel Campbell will be the man to watch in Oscar Ramirez’s team and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing him. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the World Cup qualifiers and seeing that under 2.5 goals have been scored in each of their previous five meetings, we predict that the fans will see a close encounter in New York City.
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 (Costa Rica):
Los Ticos are administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation and are members of the CONCACAF confederation competing at the international stage since 1921, although it was not until 1927 that they had become the FIFA members. Costa Rica is the most successful national football team in the history of Central America with eight championships and their decorated reputation was upheld in 2014 when the current Central American champions made an imposing impression during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Having reached the quarter-finals, Costa Ricans continue to be a thorn in the side for a many bigger soccer nations. Alvaro Saborio is the most-capped member of the current team captained by Bryan Ruiz, but the most prominent star of the squad is definitely Real Madrid goalkeeper and 2016 Champions League winner Keylor Navas. Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is also a notable player whose 2014 FIFA World Cup performances have been nothing short of impressive.