Odds Honduras Will Win World Cup 2014

Honduras will be playing in their second consecutive World Cup, but will be travelling to Brazil as a distant longshot in both Group E and the tournament. The Hondurans sport odds of +3300 to win Group E and are at the bottom of the pack, tied with Iran, with odds of 1500/1 to win it all at Brazil 2014. With a national football program that is still developing, Honduras will not field any stars at the World Cup.

Honduras Odds to Win World Cup 2014: 1500/1 (from Bovada)
Honduras Odds to Win Group E: +3300 (from Bovada)

The best thing that Honduras has going for them at the 2014 World Cup is the group they drew into, which is considered one of the weakest at this year’s tournament. Honduras, ranked No. 30 in the world, can play some offense, but they clearly own the weakest defense in the group and are expected to give up quite a few goals against. Indeed, if an opponent can run up the score against Honduras they will enjoy a big advantage in goal differential.

Early World Cup Pick

The Group E squad that Honduras has the most experience against is Ecuador. However, that experience is mostly bad. In five matches all-time, Ecuador has recorded three victories and a draw, with the only Honduran win coming on penalties in a 2011 friendly.  The two squads played to a 2-2 draw in a 2013 friendly, a result which Honduras can draw inspiration from. Barring a dramatic and unexpected upset, Honduras will likely lose to both France and Switzerland. The squad has never faced France, but played Switzerland to a scoreless draw in their only matchup, during the Group Stage of the 2010 World Cup.

Honduras Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup

Honduras clinched a berth at Brazil 2014 by finishing third in the CONCACAF Hex, ending with 15 points. Honduras played well down the stretch in the qualification stage, going unbeaten in their final four matches.

06/02/13 Honduras  2 – 1 United States
22/03/13 Honduras 2 – 2 Mexico        
27/03/13 Panama 2 – 0 Honduras        
08/06/13 Costa Rica 1 – 0 Honduras        
12/06/13 Honduras     2 – 0 Jamaica        
19/06/13 United States 1 - 0Honduras        
07/09/13 Mexico 1 – 2 Honduras        
11/09/13 Honduras 2 – 2 Panama        
11/10/13 Honduras 1 – 0 Costa Rica        
16/10/13 Jamaica 2 – 2 Honduras

Honduras World Cup Group Play Schedule

15/06/14 France vs. Honduras - Estadio Beira-Rio     
20/06/14 Honduras vs. Ecuador - Arena da Baixada     
25/06/14 Honduras vs. Switzerland - Arena Amazonia

Honduras Key Players

Wilson Palacios FW Alajuelense – The strong and fearless veteran is no stranger to big matches.

Jerry Bengston FW New England Revolution – Teamed with Palacios, Bengston will be counted on to provide offense.

Roger Espinoza MF Wigan Athletic – Espinoza is a very creative and talented midfielder who will be counted on to set up the squad’s strikers.