Costa Rica vs Honduras

Honduras suffered a heavy defeat when they faced USA for the World Cup qualifier last week. The 6-0 score-line is a huge blow to the team spirit and effectively spoiled the confidence of the players. In short,  they are having an inconsistent campaign after starting off with a 1-0 home defeat against Panama. This was then complimented by a decent 3-1 win against Trinidad and Tobago. The latest defeat has relegated Honduras to the rock bottom of the table, but it is still early days and they have a decent chance to make it to the top three of the table. Costa Rica on the other hand, came second best in their corresponding fixture against Mexico. The match ended in a 2-0 defeat, eventually losing the top position in the table to Mexico. They have 6 points in the bad, bit it is only 3 less than Honduras at the foot of the table. Costa Rica have little room for error here and  they must earn a positive result on Tuesday evening.

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Honduras are unbeaten in the last three meetings with Costa Rica with 2 wins and a draw. Their most recent match was on January 2017 in the Copa Centroameicano which finished 1-1. Honduras were beaten only once at home by Costa Rica in the last 10 World Cup qualifying matches. The remaining 9 saw Honduras winning 7 times along with 2 draws.

The team spirit in Honduras camp will be shattered after the humiliating loss to USA last week. This could affect their performance here against a strong side like Costa Rica, who themselves are desperate to bounce back to winning ways. Honduras participated at the 2010 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals as well, but they failed to impress at the tournaments in South Africa and Brazil. Winning of the 1981 CONCACAF Championship is undisputedly the team’s biggest success and it has to be noted that they finished the final round in top position in the standings, two points clear of El Salvador and three above Mexico. Los Catrachos were beaten by Canada in the 1985 Gold Cup final, with the team finishing the 1991 tournament as runners-up as well.

. Campbell often hogs the headlines with his fast-paced runs on the wings and breathtaking goals. He was highly rated by Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger and was snapped up as a teenager in 2011 but spent his first three seasons at the club on loan at three different clubs. His competitive debut at Arsenal came only in 2014 but has become a regular with the national squad. He has earned 55 caps already and has 11 goals to his credit in national colors. He has already played in CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America. But it is his success as a key member of the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final reaching squad that is a highlight of his career so far.