Our football match prediction:
Honduras and Australia face each other at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup play-offs. Los Catrachos booked their place in the play-offs by beating star-studded Mexico in their last group game, but they face an uphill task in the double-header against Australia. Honduras, though, are undefeated in previous five qualifying games and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Friday’s football game against Angelos Postecoglou’s men. The Socceroos failed to impress in the two-legged tie against Syria, but they eventually eliminated Ayman Hakeem’s team on penalties to set up a meeting with Honduras in the final play-off round. Australia are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they often struggle on the travels and, taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the first leg.
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 (Australia):
Australia are a member of the Asian Football Confederation as they left the Oceania Football Confederation in 2006. The Socceroos made it to the World Cup finals for the first time back in 1974, but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament in Germany. In 2006, though, the Australians did well to advance to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup, but eventual champions Italy proved to be a big catch for Guus Hiddink’s troops. Australia participated at the World Cup finals in 2010 and 2014 as well, but they failed to impress at the tournaments in South Africa and Brazil respectively. In 2015 the Socceroos won the Asian Cup trophy, with the team beating South Korea in the title game and that is regarded as the team’s biggest success. Tim Cahill is considered one of the most famous footballers that played for Australia and it has to be noted that the former Premier League star scored his 48th goal for the Socceroos in a 1-0 win over UAE in September, 2016.