Preview - Honduras vs El Salvador 03 June 18

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Jun 03, 2018, 04:23 AM Last Edit: Jun 03, 2018, 04:26 AM by Harry85
International Friendly
Honduras vs El Salvador
Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
09:00am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: BBVA Compass Stadium

Honduras:
Last five matches form: D W D L L
Average goals per match: 1.19
Average goals against per match: 1.56
Top Scorer: Mario Martínez (5)

El Salvador:
Last five matches form: L W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.20
Average goals against per match: 1.60
Top Scorer: Alexander Larín (4)


We have a Central American Derby on this weekend's list of international friendlies, as neighbours Honiduras and El Salvador meet in Houson, USA.


World number 59 Honduras couldn't have come much closer to qualifying for this year's World Cup finals, only losing out to Panama on goal difference in the end, before going out in a playoff against Australia.


Ranked 85 in the world, the last time El Salvador played in the World Cup was way back in 1982, and having failed to qualify for Russia this year, they are going to have to wait at least another four years.


Honduras have edged the recent matches between the sides, winning three and drawing two of the last six, with El Salvador's most recent win coming in 2014.


With only four wins in their past 26 international matches, things have been looking pretty bleak for Football in El Salvador. Former Mexico manager Carlos do los Cobos is the man tasked with turning things around. The quality of players at his disposal suggest that that may be no easy task though, with four of the national team squad not even having a club side at present. On the plus side, they do arrive on the back of a win having beaten Canada last time out.


Honduras have been a little up and down of late, but are the better of these sides overall when at their best as shown when beating Mexico last year. We fancy them to win this one.


Prediction: Honduras 2 - 1 El Salvador


Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1

Four yellow cards issued in this contest between two nations who share a border. Luis Garrido of Honduras and El Salvador's Alexander Hernández, Rodrigo Sánchez and Efraín Henriquez all having their names taken by referee Ted Unkel.

El Salvador came close to taking the lead in just the third minute. An almighty goalmouth scramble following a corner seeing at least three goal bound efforts blocked by the Honduras defenders.

Honduras did begin to assert in terms of possession, but it was nevertheless El Salvador who took the lead in the 20th minute. An excellent cross from Dustin Corea on the right-hand side finding Dennis Pineda in space around eight yards out. Solid header from Pineda to find the bottom right corner.

El Salvador had their keeper to thank for making it into the break with their one goal lead intact. Henry Hernández pulling off a couple of excellent stops to keep his side in front.

The pattern of play remained much the same in the second period, with Honduras dominating possession and El Salvador happy to launch the occasional counter attack.

Other than a long-range strike which was spilled by Hernández, Honduras didn't really have much to show for their efforts though, as neither side really came close to adding to the scoresheet in the second half.

A big win for El Salvador over their nearest neighbours here and another disappointing result for Honduras whose participation at the last World Cup Finals must seem like a lifetime ago now.



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