Our football match prediction:
Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierez will host Friday’s football game between Panama and Honduras. Hernan Gomez’s men did well to hold Costa Rica to a goalless draw in their last World Cup qualifier, but it has to be noted that Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez was sent off ten minutes into the second half. Los Canaleros dropped to fourth place in their qualifying group, meaning that the game against Honduras is of big importance for the hosts. Panama are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that los Catrachos experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Mexico, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. When the two teams met in San Pedro Sula earlier in the process Panama emerged triumphant (1-0) and, taking everything into account, the history is likely to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Armando Cooper):
Armando Cooper is an attacking midfielder who plays for both Toronto FC and Panama national football team. After spending his youth career at Arabe Unido, Cooper began playing for Arabe Unido at senior level. The Panama footballer scored 26 goals in 141 appearances in the league for los Arabes and during the 2010/2011 season he was on Godoy Cruz’s radar. In the summer of 2011 he signed a contract with the Argentine club, but he was playing below expectations in the Argentine Primera Division, scoring only three goals in 26 appearances for the Tomba. Armando Cooper moved to Europe in 2015 and he played seven games for St. Pauli in 2. Bundesliga, but he quickly returned to Panama. The midfielder returned to Arabe Unido for the 2015/2016 season, but he was soon loaned to MLS club Toronto. Armando Cooper signed a permanent deal with the Reds after the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs and he has been playing for the club ever since. Cooper made his Panama debut on October 7, 2006 against El Salvador.
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.