Group A CONCACAF Gold Cup action continues at Sporting Park in Kansas City on Monday, July 14 when Haiti will be squaring off against Honduras in a huge game for both teams. This is the third and final group stage game for the nations and they desperately need the points if they hope to advance to the knockout round of the tournament. The USA has already clinched top spot with sox points from two wins while Panama holds down second place with a pair of points from two draws. Haiti and Honduras have one point each from a loss and draw.
2015 Gold Cup Soccer Betting Preview – Haiti vs Honduras
- bet365 currently lists Honduras as the favorites to win this match at 4/6 with Haiti 5/1 and a 90-minute draw at 12/5
Honduras was taken down 2-1 in their opening match by the USA on July 7, but then managed to fight back for a 1-1 draw against Panama in their second fixture on July 10. Haiti managed a 1-1 draw against Panama in their opening encounter in Frisco, Texas, and then dropped a 1-0 decision to the U.S. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Massachusetts on July 10. Both Haiti and Honduras need to go out for all three points here to guarantee a shot at the quarterfinals. They’ve both performed well up to now, especially against the U.S., but came out on the wrong end of the decisions against the reigning Gold Cup champions.
Haiti scored the tying goal against Panama in the 85th minute in their opening game, but were beaten by the U.S. when forward Clint Dempsey accounted for the only goal in the 47th minute. Haiti had several changes to tie the game, but American keeper Brad Guzan of English Premier League club Aston Villa was always in position to keep them off the scoreboard. In the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, Honduras fell behind in the 21st minute when Luis Tejada beat goalkeeper Donis Escobar. Honduras created several chances to equalize but was foiled by good goaltending and the woodwork.
It appeared that Eddie Hernandez had tied the score on a header, but it was ruled offside. However, their luck changed in the 81st minute when Andy Najar was taken down in the Panamanian 18-yard box. The 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year, who now plays with Anderlecht in Belgium, had his penalty saved, but then banged in the rebound to make it 1-1. Honduras kept putting on the pressure and Hernandez scored in the fifth minute of injury time, but once again his goal was controversially called off with an offside call. The draw kept Honduras hopes alive though and sets up the all-important showdown against Haiti on Monday.
Haiti and Honduras have faced each other a total of 16 times in the past with Honduras winning 12 times and Haiti taking the other four contests. Haiti has beaten Honduras just once in their last 11 meetings since 1980 and that was a 3-1 triumph in aril of 2007.
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