Canada seems to spice up its probabilities for a historic qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and in addition exorcise some outdated demons because it travels to San Pedro Sula to tackle Honduras in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Thursday.
Les Rouges, who lead the CONCACAF desk after eight matches, might solidify their standings place with a win — or perhaps a draw — and a optimistic consequence would additionally assist Canada substitute the unhealthy reminiscences of current journeys to Honduras.
The Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano is the positioning of among the most painful World Cup qualifying moments for Canada. In 2012 a heavy 8-1 defeat in Honduras price Canada a spot within the closing spherical of qualifying. Then 4 years later, a narrower 2-1 loss noticed Canada as soon as once more fail to advance.
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This time, it is Canada with an opportunity to ship the ache. Main the CONCACAF desk, a victory for the guests would all however doom Honduras, which sits backside of the Octagonal and wishes each level it may possibly muster from the 18 that stay on provide (six matches). A Honduras loss coupled with wins by all high 4 sides, would put Los Catrachos on the cusp of mathematical elimination.
However Canada can be a special workforce with out star Alphonso Davies, who’s down for an indefinite period of time with delicate myocarditis stemming from a current bout with COVID-19. Lacking its most gifted participant and its most influential midfielder (Stephen Eustaquio), and going through an opponent on the ropes in a hostile setting ought to characterize an actual check for the Canadians.
CONCACAF 2022 World Cup qualifying standings
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* = The highest three groups earn direct berths to Qatar 2022, whereas fourth place will head to an intercontinental playoff towards a nation from Oceania.
Methods to watch Honduras vs. Canada
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 27
- Time: 8:05 p.m. ET
- In USA: Paramount+ (subscription required)
- In Canada: OneSoccer, TELUS (Ch. 980), Sportsnet, RDS
Thursday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match between Canada and Honduras from the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula can be broadcast on OneSoccer, Sportsnet and RDS in Canada and streamed on Paramount+ within the USA.
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Honduras vs. Canada projected lineups
Dying, taxes, and Maynor Figueroa within the Honduras beginning lineup. Regardless of being minimize by Houston Dynamo earlier this month, the 38-year-old heart again was known as up and appears set to make his 179th look for Los Catrachos alongside Denil Maldonado. This World Cup qualifying cycle could possibly be a swansong for Figueroa, who made simply 14 MLS appearances final season and is within the twilight of his profession.
One veteran the workforce does look like shifting on from is midfielder Boniek Garcia (138 caps), who additionally left Houston this month and was not known as into the squad. As an alternative, Greece-based Alfredo Mejia and Colorado Rapids man Bryan Acosta will doubtless proceed because the first-choice midfield pairing, supported by both Kervin Arriaga or Edwin Rodriguez in entrance of them.
Honduras projected beginning lineup (4-3-3, left to proper): Lopez (GK) — Elvir, Figueroa, Maldonado, Santos — Arriaga, Acosta, Mejia — Quioto, Lozano, Elis
It is unlikely that Canada head coach John Herdman will change a lot from the 2-1 win over Mexico in November, outdoors of the pressured change to interchange Alphonso Davies, who’s unable to swimsuit up as a result of a light case of post-COVID myocarditis. Davies performs fullback for Bayern, however he has been constantly deployed larger up the pitch for Canada, that means others should choose up the slack in assault.
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Herdman undoubtedly has choices up high with the likes of Cyle Larin, who wants only one aim to change into Canada’s all-time main goalscorer, and in-form Lille high scorer Jonathan David. New Membership Brugge participant Tajon Buchanan did properly to interchange Davies on the 2021 Gold Cup, and veteran Junior Hoilett can also be an choice to begin.
On the again, Wake Forest product Alistair Johnston continues to be stable in protection, alongside membership teammate Kamal Miller, whereas regular presence Steven Vitoria might get the nod over Doneil Henry on the heart of the three-man again line. Atiba Hutchinson, now the nation’s most-capped participant (90), is prone to proceed with the armband and assume a spot in midfield with Jonathan Osorio and Mark-Anthony Kaye, two potential choices to companion with him, particularly given starter Stephen Eustaquio remains to be out as a result of COVID-19 protocols.
Canada projected beginning lineup (3-4-3, proper to left): Borjan (GK) — Johnston, Vitoria, Miller — Laryea, Hutchinson, Osorio, Hoilett — Buchanan, Larin, David.
Honduras vs. Canada betting odds, choose & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Choose: Draw +230
Prediction: Honduras 1, Canada 1
- Moneyline: Honduras +265 / Draw +230 / Canada +100
- Unfold (Asian Handicap): Canada -0.5 (+105) / Honduras +0.5 (-125)
- O/U 2.5 complete objectives: Over +135 / Below -175
- Each groups to attain: Sure +100 / No -135