Mexico v Honduras betting tips: Champions eye Gold Cup semi-final spot
Mexico v Honduras betting tips and odds
Defending champions Mexico face Honduras in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals as firm 4/9 favourites to reach the last four in the early hours of Sunday morning.
El Tri topped their group without conceding, while Honduras missed the chance to head their pool on the back of a 2-0 defeat by Qatar to finish as runners-up.
A clash with either Costa Rica or Canada awaits the winner so let’s examine some of the markets and odds in our Mexico v Honduras betting tips.
Mexico have won the Gold Cup a record 11 times although you wouldn’t have believed it after an underwhelming goalless draw against Trinidad & Tobago in their opening group game.
The Mexicans enjoyed 83% possession and had 20 shots, seven of which came from main striker Rogelio Funes Mori who perhaps lacks the quality of missing Wolves attacker Raul Jimenez.
That said, he scored a double in the 3-0 victory against Guatemala and defender Chaka scored the only goal of the game against El Salvador four days later.
Having yet to concede at the tournament, Mexico can be backed at 6/5 to win to nil or evens to win and under 3.5 match goals.
The teams actually met in a friendly in June, a goalless draw in Atlanta in which Mexico did not have a shot on target despite dominating possession at 71%.
Honduras had four shots on goal so they are not without hope and are available at 14/5 to draw once more and another 0-0 is 17/2, while under 2.5 goals is 4/5, although it should be noted Funes Mori was not in the squad that day.
Fabian Coito’s side kicked off the group stage with a 4-0 win against whipping boys Grenada and edged a rollercoaster encounter with Panama 3-2 in which they overcame a half-time deficit but their four-game unbeaten run was ended by Qatar.
Honduras won the last competitive meeting between the sides 3-2 in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and are 11/2 to repeat that win, but Mexico’s defence, marshalled by Hector Moreno and Carlos Salcedo, looks too strong.
Mexico coach Jaime Lozano has favoured a 4-3-3 formation throughout the tournament, with Funes Mori spearheading the attack flanked by Orbelin Pinada and Jesus Corona.
Napoli winger Hirving Lozano started the goalless draw with Trinidad & Tobago but was replaced by Pinada for the wins against Guatemala and El Salvador.
Honduras played four at the back for their first two games, but went with five against Qatar and may look to pack their defence once more against the superior Mexicans.
Honduras’ Romell Quioto is the joint top scorer in the competition with three goals and is 10/1 and 4/1 in the two markets.
Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
When: 03:00, Sunday 25th July
How to watch: Premier Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication