Our prediction for this match:
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host Sunday’s friendly between Mexico and Honduras, the two teams who meet for the first time since October 2017. Mexico aim to bounce back from a heart-breaking loss to USA in the CONCACAF Nations League final, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Honduras. Even though boss Gerardo Martino could opt to make changes to the starting XI, home win should be considered.
La Liga rising star Diego Lainez, who found the net in the defeat to USA, is pushing for a start. MLS ace Carlos Vela has once again been omitted. Honduras, on the other hand, did well to beat Costa Rica on penalties in the 3rd place playoffs, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Atlanta. Since the nominal visitors are likely to go for a win in Sunday’s friendly as well, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
Highlighted Team (Honduras):
Honduras are a national football team from Central America that qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time in 1982. Los Catrachos did well to share the spoils with hosts Spain at the showpiece tournament, but they eventually failed to book their place in the knockout stages.
Honduras participated at the 2010 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals as well, but they failed to impress at the tournaments in South Africa and Brazil. Winning of the 1981 CONCACAF Championship is undisputedly the team’s biggest success and it has to be noted that they finished the final round in top position in the standings, two points clear of El Salvador and three above Mexico.
Los Catrachos were beaten by Canada in the 1985 Gold Cup final, with the team finishing the 1991 tournament as runners-up as well. Wilson Palacios, who used to play for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City as regarded as one of the most notable footballers who represented Honduras national team on the international stage.