Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
After dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Canada, Mexico will be aiming to return to winning ways when they host Honduras at Estadio Azteca on Monday morning. Los Tricolores are eager to overtake USA in top position in the CONCACAF WC qualifying group, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Wolverhampton attacker Raul Jimenez, who returned to the squad for the October qualifiers, should continue to lead the line for the hosts.
Los Catrachos, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their four-game winless run, but they will have a big fish to fry in Monday’s football match. When the two teams met at the 2021 Gold Cup Mexico outplayed Honduras 3-0, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. Brayan Moya should be deployed as a lone forward for Honduras.
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.