The Costa Rica vs Honduras World Cup Qualifying match will take place this Friday, June 7, 2013 (7:10 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. These fierce Central American rivals will meet in this decisive qualifying match. It’s very likely that Costa Rica and Honduras will end up fighting for the 3rd spot in the CONCACAF, and the series between them might be the decisive factor.
The Costa Rica vs Honduras match held this Friday will play an important role in determining which Central American side ends up with a direct ticket to Brazil 2014 at the end of the hexagonal. Both Costa Rica and Honduras currently have 4 points and both will want to gain points in order to stay close to the other CONCACAF teams.
As the host, Costa Rica has the obligation to win and earn the 3 points. Qualifying in the CONCACAF region is a very difficult process, and a team like Costa Rica, which doesn’t necessarily have the quality that Mexico and USA possess to win away games, can’t afford to drop any points at home. Specially not against a Honduran side that will be fighting alongside Costa Rica for the 3th/4th spot in the Hexagonal.
Costa Rica started off the Hexagonal fairly well, earning a difficult 2-2 away draw in Panama, barely losing against the USA during a blizzard in Colorado, and getting the job done against Jamaica at home. Now, in this Costa Rica vs Honduras Central American “clasico”, Costa Rica has the opportunity to distance itself from a direct rival, and earn 3 valuable points that could end up being the difference at the conclusion of the 10 game qualifier.
Honduras also had a fairly successful start to the Hexagonal, taking on the 2 giants of the CONCACAF and coming out undefeated. A 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the USA, and a 2-2 draw against Mexico (both matches at home) made the Hondurans feel invincible. However, the Canaleros proved to be tough opposition, and were able to defeat the red-hot Hondurans in Panama. This left Honduras with 4 points, and right in the middle of the Hexagonal standings.
Costa Rica vs Honduras Prediction
The Costa Rica vs Honduras match will be a tough encounter that will add yet another chapter to this heated rivalry. Costa Rica has looked good so far in the qualifiers, playing 2 solid away matches (1 loss against the USA, but it’s tough to play in the snow), and defeating a week Jamaican side at home. Honduras played brilliantly at home against the USA and Mexico, propelled by the home crowd and aided by the high temperatures. However, once Honduras left the comfort of San Pedro Sula to visit Panama, they looked uneasy and were outclassed by a modest Panamanian side.
Costa Rica has the edge in this match, they are playing in front of the home crowd, they have the necessity to earn the 3 points, and they are playing a Honduran side that doesn’t play as well outside of San Pedro Sula. I predict the Costa Rica vs Honduras match will end in a 2-1 victory for Costa Rica, which will put them closer to the coveted World Cup title.
Costa Rica vs Honduras 2013 Television
The Costa Rica vs Honduras match will be televised on beIN Sports Espanol this Friday, June 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM Pacific.