Get to know the Hondurans

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    Honduras is the fourth best team in North America, but who knows anything about them? Here’s the nation’s story so far and what the Socceroos should expect.

    The final round of Honduras’ CONCACAF road to Russia was a heart-stopper, qualifying ahead of USA on the final day of matches.

    Early on they were smashed 6-0 by USA and 3-0 by Mexico, but managed to turn things around structurally as the team found more consistency in defence. Other than those two results, they benefitted from being a hard-to-defeat team, as opposed to one that was going to dominate.

    As it turned out, three wins and four draws from ten qualifying games would be enough for fourth spot. Of the three wins, two came against the bottom-ranked Trinidad and Tobago, while the third, in the final match, was a 3-2 win over the already-qualified Mexico.

    At home, their record was much stronger than away. Five games, two wins and two draws at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula is a very good return.

    The match against Australia will be the national side’s sixth game at the stadium in 12 months, with the familiarity surely providing some advantage.

    Key players

    Eddie Hernández
    After missing Honduras’ initial squad because of doubts over his injured cheekbone, Hernández is a strong chance to start at centre forward.

    He’s hard to miss because of his height (191cms) and he’s wearing a facemask.

    Australians will no doubt love to hate the powerful striker.

    Romell Quioto
    Quioto was the Hondurans’ leading scorer in the qualifying stages, netting six goals. He plays as a striker for his club, Houston Dynamo in the MLS, but has been deployed on the left side, allowing Hernández to play as the central forward.

    He’s quick, and has a keen eye for goal.

    Maynor Figueroa
    The captain and the most experienced of all the Hondurans, some keen fans might remember Figueroa from the eight seasons he spent in England with Hull City and Wigan Athletic.

    The composed central defender has represented his country 118 times, after debuting way back in 2004. Also, he doesn’t score often, but when he does it’s spectualar, like his strike from inside his own half for Wigan a few years back.

    Likely line-up
    In the last match against Mexico, which Honduras won 3-2, manager Jorge Luis Pinto used a 4-2-3-1 formation. There’s no reason why that should change, as it provides plenty of attacking options against Australia’s shaky defence.

    If things don’t work out like that, watch for Pinto to move Elis or Quioto into a second-striker role and the team to move into a more traditional 4-4-2.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • Roar Rookie

      November 9th 2017 @ 10:32am
      At work said | November 9th 2017 @ 10:32am | ! Report

      Thanks for this, I had very little idea of our competition.

      Their record should make give us some comfort and confidence though, only 3 wins which came from Trinidad and against an already qualified Mexico… Plus that 6-0 drubbing against the states :/

      While I’m not overly confident, I do still expect us to go through.

      Bring on Saturday morning!

      • Roar Pro

        November 9th 2017 @ 3:17pm
        Josh said | November 9th 2017 @ 3:17pm | ! Report

        Like you mate, so excited.

        Regardless of the result, the return leg will be sensational, I’m sure.

    • November 9th 2017 @ 1:56pm
      BrafDeakins said | November 9th 2017 @ 1:56pm | ! Report

      Really fantastic article Joshua, brilliant effort mate! One of the best writing this website has ever seen. You have an extremely bright future in sports journalism. Keep this up mate, I cannot wait for you next great installment.


      • Roar Rookie

        November 9th 2017 @ 2:24pm
        At work said | November 9th 2017 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

        Thanks for that contribution BrafDeakins, I look forward to your next article bud

      • November 10th 2017 @ 11:37am
        chris said | November 10th 2017 @ 11:37am | ! Report

        How misreable can someone be?

    • November 10th 2017 @ 11:37am
      chris said | November 10th 2017 @ 11:37am | ! Report

      Thanks for the article Josh. Looking forward to the game!

    • Roar Guru

      November 10th 2017 @ 11:50am
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | November 10th 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

      Hernandez is bit of a red herring. It is Elis we need to keep an eye out for and who is the striker likely to be starting next to Quioto.

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