- Honduras hosts Jamaica in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying on Wednesday
- Both sides are at the bottom of the group currently
- Read on for the odds, preview, and prediction
Two teams who desperately need a victory in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying will lock horns on Wednesday as Honduras welcome Jamaica to The Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. The kick-off is scheduled for 8:05 PM EST.
The Hondurans suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to group leaders Mexico on Sunday after Maynor Figueroa was handed a straight red early in the second half. As for the Reggae Boyz, they played to a hard-fought scoreless draw with Canada in hot and humid conditions in Kingston.
Jamaica has won their last two games against Honduras, most recently beating them in the 2019 edition of the Gold Cup.
Honduras vs Jamaica Odds
|Honduras vs Jamaica||HON -0.5 (-115) | JAM +0.5 (-115)||HON -115 | JAM +340 | DRAW +225||Ov 2.5 (+165)| Un 2.5 (-215)|
All odds as of October 12th at DraftKings
World Cup Dreams Slowly Fading for Honduras
Honduras has only made the World Cup three times in their history, appearing in back-to-back tournaments in 2010 and 2014. However, if they can’t collect the full three points here, it’s going to immensely hurt their aspirations for Qatar next year.
Fabian Coito’s side has yet to win a game in the final round of qualifying, drawing three times and losing twice. They’re currently in seventh spot with three points and only one ahead of Jamaica, who are in dead last. The Hondurans have been absolutely toothless in the final third, netting a mere two goals while conceding eight. But, it’s not like the chances aren’t there. Los Catrachos have registered 10.4 shots per game and 3.2 on target. They’re just simply not clinical enough in the qualifiers thus far.
Honduras was completely outplayed over the weekend by the Mexicans who put on an attacking display. El Tri enjoyed 65% possession and frankly had their way with Coito’s men, especially after Figueroa was sent off. From that point on, it was all about defending for the Hondurans but Mexico proved to be far too powerful. Figueroa will be sidelined for this encounter due to the booking, which is definitely a blow considering he is their captain and a key piece of their backline.
Honduras manager Fabián Coito in the pre-match news conference ahead of a game v. Jamaica that reportedly will be his last with Los Catrachos says, "I don't read the press. I'm focused on the Jamaica match." https://t.co/PX354RShrM
— Jon Arnold, the WCQ enjoyer (@ArnoldcommaJon) October 12, 2021
Coming into this fixture against Jamaica, Honduras are winless in their previous seven games dating back to the Gold Cup this past summer. During that span, the side has only found the back of the net twice. If there was any time for them to break out and find their form up top, it would be Wednesday in front of the Honduran supporters.
Jamaica in Poor Form
Just like their opponents, the Reggae Boyz aren’t having much luck stringing together any positive results. They’re also winless in qualifying and have a measly two points. To put it into perspective, table-toppers Mexico boasts 11. The last time they tasted victory was in the group stages of the Gold Cup. Since then, Theodore Whitmore’s squad has lost five games and drawn on two occasions.
Sunday’s lone point against Canada was by no means a bad performance, though. It was a cagey, physical affair on a brutal pitch in Kingston in 30-degree weather. The Jamaicans didn’t exactly have a lot of opportunities going forward, but they did defend relatively well, with the Canucks enjoying just one shot on target.
Tomorrow our Boyz will be facing off with 🇭🇳 at the Estadio Olimpico stadium in Honduras.
— Official J.F.F (@jff_football) October 12, 2021
Jamaica was never expected to make the World Cup, with their only appearance in the prestigious competition coming in 1998. While there are lots of fixtures left before the CONCACAF teams are determined for Qatar, the Reggae Boyz desperately needs three points. Scoring goals is a serious problem for them, however, hitting the back of the net just twice while conceding eight, the exact same goal difference as Honduras.
Honduras vs Jamaica Key Stats
|0-3-2 (7th)||Record in WCQ||0-2-3 (8th)|
|DDLDL||Form in Last Five Games||LLDLD|
Honduras vs Jamaica Prediction
Both countries are struggling to find results right now which means it will likely be a fixture that lacks many chances in the final third. To be honest, Honduras and Jamaica are relatively even teams as well. Although the visitors have been the more dominant side in recent meetings, I expect a draw here. Also, take the Under in goals.
Pick: Draw (+225), Under 2.5 Goals (-215)