Our football match prediction:
Honduras and Australia played out a goalless draw at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in the first leg of the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup finals. Honduras were a better side in the first half of the match, but it has to emphasized that the Socceroos missed several clear-cut opportunities to score in the second half. It is well known that the Australians are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that coach Angelos Postecoglou can count on key players for Wednesday’s football game, we predict that the hosts will book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Australia defeated Syria 2-1 in their last home game in the process, but you should bear in mind that Angelos Postecoglou’s men scored the winner in the extra time. A man to watch in the home team will be Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy, who has been in a fine form this season.
Highlighted Player (Matthew Leckie):
Matthew Leckie is an Australian footballer who plays for Koln as a striker. Leckie was born on 4 February, 1991 in Melbourne and he started his youth career at Bulleen Lions. He made 37 league appearances for the Lions at senior level, scoring 15 goals for the club. In 2009 he joined fellow Australian outfit Adelaide United and he netted eight goals in 35 league appearances for the club between 2009 and 2011. In 2011 he decided to move to Europe as he signed a contract with Bundesliga side Borussia M’gladbach. He scored first goal for the club in a 5-2 win over Aberdeen (friendly) on 9 July, 2011. In 2013 he joined FSV Frankfurt and he played 31 games for the club in the 2. Bundesliga. On 7 May, 2014 he signed a three-year deal with Ingolstadt and he has been playing for die Schanzer ever since. Matthew Leckie has 13 caps for Australia U-20 and he made his debut for the senior team on 14 November, 2012 in a friendly against Republic of Korea. The 181-cm-tall attacker, who is capable as playing as a winger as well, has a contract with Ingolstadt which expires on 30 June, 2018.
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.