World Cup 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 20:00 GMT (June 15, 16:00 Local time)
Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
France vs. Honduras Preview
Matches in which there is a big difference in quality between the opponents are the hardest for prediction of the final outcome. Though it sounds absurd, it is really so, because bookies pay poorly for a favorite’s win, so it is necessary to find a proper bet that would be cost-effective. The second match in the Group E, between France and Honduras is precisely one of such encounters.
France has been in the top of world football for years, but their results were not always in accordance with their power. They have never managed to maintain a constant of good results, so after a successful experience they blunder already at the start of the next competition. Taking into consideration that they ended up already in the group stage of the previous World Cup four years ago in South Africa, they are hoping that Brazil is a place of their next success. However, France has had a tough road through qualifications, and the preparatory matches cannot be the true measure of their strength, especially considering the fact that Ribery is injured and he will not play in Brazil. French national team has great players, and it seems that Group E is not very tough for them, so despite the absence of Ribery they should be one of two teams that will play in the knockout stage. Of course, this means that they must not allow a blunder against Honduras, which is the weakest team in the group.
Probable line-up of France (4-4-2): Lloris – Sagna, Varane, Mangala, Evra – Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba, Griezmann – Benzema, Giroud
Honduras has not had a lot of participations in the world championships, but they have come at this World Cup as the team that beat Mexico as guests, as well as the USA and Costa Rica at home. They lost a friendly match against Israel and Turkey, and played draw with England, which was their dress rehearsal before the start of the World Cup. Several players in the national team of Honduras have the experience of playing in leagues of the Great Britain, which gives the entire team a certain feeling of security.
Probable line-up of Honduras (4-2-3-1): Valladares – Beckeles, Bernardez, Figueroa, Izaguirre – W.Palacios, Espinoza – Garrido, Najar, Garcia – Bengtson
France vs Honduras Match Prediction
Inefficiency is the biggest problem of Honduras, while French defense is very solid, so bets on goals are questionable, since such a bet would depend on the efficiency of a single team. But, there is no doubt that the French will score at least 1-2 goals, and since Benzema has showed good form in jersey of Real, I expect to see him on the scoresheet. Anytime Goalscorer – Karim Benzema.