International Soccer Betting: England vs. Honduras

International Soccer Betting:  England vs. Honduras

The start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is now only days away and the schedule of international ‘friendly’ competition is starting to wind down. This will be the final warm up game for both teams before beginning World Cup play. Note that this contest will be played in Miami, Florida.

England is coming off a 2-2 draw against Ecuador in which coach Roy Hodgson did some lineup experimentation and gave playing time to some of his younger charges. Everton’s Ross Barkely performed well in that contest and has now become something of a darling among the UK media. He may or may not make the starting lineup for Saturday’s game. Hodgson is planning to make this a bit of a ‘dress rehersal’ for England’s opening World Cup game against Italy. Italy hasn’t been looking particularly impressive in exhibition play so hopes of England’s supporters are high that their team can pull the upset which will give them a leg up in advancing out of what is arguably the toughest group at the World Cup. England started their 3 game exhibition slate with a win over Peru at home before the draw against Ecuador. They’ve now got only 1 win in their last 7 games away from English soil but they haven’t been losing with four straight draws.

Honduras managed to qualify for the World Cup for the second straight time but is considered by most to be one of the weakest teams in the tournament. They have shown some tenacity at home and pulled off a couple of big upsets there during qualifying including a win over the United States. They also beat a notoriously erratic Mexico team on the road during qualifying. That being said, they haven’t looked very good since securing the World Cup berth. They’ve won only 1 of their last 6 overall as well as having only one win in their last 7 international friendly games with four losses in that stretch. They’ve lost both of their games during this World Cup preparation period.

With England expecting to treat this more like ‘a real game’ it’s difficult to see them losing to an overmatched Honduras side.