The Mexico vs Honduras friendly match will take place this Thursday, October 9, 2014 (6:00 PM Pacific) in Tuxtla Gutierrez. After viewing great soccer matches in Europe and across the globe, it is now time to take a rest from club football. Now, the players will get a rest from club duty and they will be called for international friendlies. With a few international friendlies taking place in the coming weeks for both teams, this is a good chance for the coaches to review and evaluate the players.
Mexico Team News
After a pretty good World Cup performance, Mexico are looking to continue the good run they are currently in. Sure, the team didn’t get too far in the World Cup, but based on their recent performances, it seems that the team is headed in the right direction. Finally, after much suffering and agony, fans may be able to revel in consistent wins. Of course, Mexico has been recently unpredictable, but we can only look forward to seeing the team’s performances in the coming games. Mexico recently tied 0-0 with Chile and also defeated Bolivia 1-0. With fixtures against Honduras and Panama, Mexico has an opportunity to gain some momentum.
So far, the coach Miguel Herrera has been experimenting with his roster, starting almost all different players every match. This is key because it allows him to try out new tactics with different players, instead of just focusing on one squad. Renowned players that may not have a guaranteed position include Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Guillermo Ochoa. Hernandez’ switch to Real Madrid from Manchester United seems to be effective because he has at least seen more playing time. On the other hand, Guillermo Ochoa is lacking playing time and this may affect his performances in the upcoming friendlies.
Honduras Team News
Honduras has not been sparking much controversy in the past couple of months. Sure, they directly qualified to the 2014 World Cup by coming in at 3rd place in the CONCACAF standings (above Mexico). However, their overall World Cup performance in Brazil was very poor. In the group stages they didn’t manage to win one game, instead they lost all three games. One could say that they performed so poorly due to the tough teams that were in the group with them, such as France, Switzerland and Ecuador. To their benefit, Honduras have won two and lost two games out of their last four games. This may not seem like much, but compared to their World Cup performance, it is a good sign.
During the 2013 World Cup Qualification rounds, Honduras managed to defeat Mexico 2-1 at the Estadio Azteca. They also drew with them 2-2 earlier that year on March at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in Honduras. So, recently Honduras have had a good record against Mexico, which should give them some momentum coming into the game.
Mexico vs Honduras Prediction
Both Mexico and Honduras have a lot to prove in the upcoming fixture. Mexico will need to show that the World Cup success they had was not a fluke and that they can continue to keep good form. On the other hand, Honduras must prove that they have recovered from their World Cup slump and are ready to progress. With Miguel Herrera seeming to tinker with the squad to his liking, it is very likely that Mexico will win this game 2-0. Mexico’s recent 1-0 win over Bolivia was a bit disappointing and Herrera will not want to repeat the same story.
Mexico vs Honduras TV Schedule
The Mexico vs Honduras match will be televised on ESPN2, Unimas and Univision Deportes this October 9th at 6:00 P.M (PST).