Canada v Honduras - AUSSIE SOCCER BETTING BLOG

Published: 13.07.2017

Canada v Honduras Betting Offers and Tips

Canada went into the CONCACAF Gold Cup with pretty low expectations. Making it out of Group A would go down as a success for head coach, Octavio Zambrano, and his players so the fact that they’ve almost done enough to qualify for the knockout stages after two games is very good news.

Canada’s opponents in their Group A game, Honduras, don’t quite know where they stand.

Their opening two games yielded just one point but it could be four by kickoff as French Guiana fielded Florent Malouda for their encounter, a man who’s already been capped multiple times by France.

Whatever happens, it will be strictly business when the game gets underway as Honduras have to fight for their place in the knockouts and Canada want to maintain momentum to see how far they can go.

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Betting Analysis

Canada are arguably the surprise package of the CONCACAF Gold Cup so far. They went in as long shots to win the tournament outright but after putting French Guiana to the sword 4-2, they put in a strong defensive performance to draw against Costa Rica.

That’s left them in the position of not requiring a win against Honduras to qualify. The same could well be true of Honduras but it’s questionable whether they’d be able to win even if they had to.

Honduras have more pedigree than Canada at big tournaments but this current crop of players haven’t even scored in their two games so far.

They remain a fiercely competitive side but looks as though they’re lacking quality and ideas where it counts going forwards.

Like Honduras, Canada are also more comfortable playing defensive football than going forwards. The surrendered possession regularly against Costa Rica and will once again flood the midfield to limit Honduras’ attacking intent as much as possible.

All of this leads us to two main bets.

The first is the draw which is available at $3.30 with Bet365. Secondly, try a bet on under 2.5 goals at $1.58 with Unibet as both sides will be primarily focussed on stopping their opponent from scoring.

You cannot fault Honduras’ fighting spirit even if this is far from the most talented group of players from the last decade or so. There’s no chance of them folding even if things don’t go to plan which throws up an interesting option in the half time/full time market.

Canada have taken the lead in both their matches but Honduras will fight for their position in the tournament so back the Canada/draw selection at $15 with Ladbrokes.

The final betting top for the game comes via the correct score market. In a tight game that looks likely to be a draw, the 1-1 score line seems like decent value at $6 with Palmerbet.

Top Betting Tips

Match result draw at $3.30 with Bet365

Under 2.5 goals at $1.58 with Unibet

1-1 correct score at $6 with Palmerbet

Canada/draw in half time/full time at $15 with Ladbrokes

Key Battles

If either side are going to win this game, they’ll have to win the battle in the middle of the park.

Canada have played with three men close together in the centre of midfield so far to shut their opposition down, win the ball and give it to their wide men and the highly impressive Alphonso Davies.

The 16-year-old has thrived under the pressure of an international tournament and his movement and fearlessness will pose the Honduras defence all manner of problems.

Honduras have a slightly different shape with two central midfielders sitting deep and four players who do the bulk of the attacking work.

Alfredo Mejia and Bryan Acosta are sure to turn in committed, high energy performances, it’s down to the attacking players to up their levels and take any chances which come their way.

Predicted Line-Up

Canada – Borjan; Jakovic, Vitoria, Adekugbe, Petrasso; Piette, Kaye, Arfield, Davies, Hoilett; Jackson-Hamel

Honduras – Lopez; M Figueroa, H Figueroa, Alvarado, Beckeless; Mejia, Acosta, Quioto, Lopez, Elis; Lanza

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