World Cup 2014 Group E – Honduras

Outright odds: 4000/1

To win group: 33/1

To qualify: 7/1

 

Full squad: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober (both Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana); Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan), Maynor Figueroa (Hull), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Janoon), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua); Arnold Peralta (Rangers), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke), Oscar Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Marvin Chavez (Colorado Rapids); Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense), Carlo Costly (Real Espana), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad).

 

Manager: Luis Fernando Suarez

 

World Cup record: Group stage (1982, 2010)

 

 

 

Honduras have appeared at a World Cup finals on three occasions previously and not come away with three points on a single occasion, so the aim for this round is fairly obvious – get that victory. Twice they’ve been to the World Cup, and in their six World Cup outings to date, winning has escaped them: having drawn three times and lost on a further three occasions.

 

They weren’t disgraced 4 years ago when they lost 2-0 to Spain and 1-0 to Chile before a stalemate with Switzerland but 4 years on a tough section has arrived with an arguably weaker squad.

 

 

The squad has names familiar to Premier League addicts a plenty and a couple with English club places but none come in particularly good form. Veteran Wilson Palcios comes here after a solid season for Stoke although he’s had better days as Tottenham and Wigan will attest to, while Maynor Figueroa was not a central reason behind Hull’s staying up and making the FA Cup final despite playing 32 goals.

 

Roger Ezpinoza made little impact for Championship side Wigan, playing just 18 games throughought the season, and Juan Garcia didn’t even get a game for them. Emilo Izaguerre is the shining light, having been a mainstay of Celtic’s side on the left, and his performance will be one of the key factors in them making an impression.

 

 

Andy Najar had a decent first campaign for Anderlecht, but otherwise you are struggling for those who ply their trade at a decent level and finding a spot for their two premier strikers is going to be hard. Jerry Bengston scored 9, and Carlos Costly – who scored 7 in the whole La Liga season – landed 7 but nobody else scored more than one and the defence – which has already been exposed multiple times – his going to struggle if both are selected. Honduras’s stay in Brazil could be short lived.

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