For the first time so far in my Terry Tipster career, we’re really inside my comfort zone when it comes to Football and I think I’ve got a winner on tap for tonight’s USA World Cup Qualifier, as they travel to face Honduras in a game that kicks off 3pm local time, and 9pm UK Time. You can watch this game using the FirstRowSports website.
Honduras vs. USA (9.00PM)
When it comes to the MLS and the US Mens National Team, I honestly do wonder where bookies get their prices from sometimes. Tonight I know where they’ve come frm – and they aren’t right, by the way – but they’ve come from paper. The bookies have quite blatantly look at the names on the team sheets and decided Michael Bradley of Roma, Geoff Camerona of Stoke, Clint Dempsey of Tottenham and Jermaine Jones of Schalke will be too much for little old Honduras. Not to mention Carlos Bocanegra and the goal scoring form of Jozy Altidore. If the games was played on paper that would be all well and good. The US are a formidable force at home the past few years, especially in qualifying, but that side of them just doesn’t seem to show up when they’re playing away. After scraping through the first qualifying round thanks to a home win over Jamaica, the US could have easily gone out having lost away to Jamaica just a week or two earlier. Leeds United midfielder Rudolph Austin scored in that game and also had the likes of Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley in his back pocket. It demonstrates the contrast in quality they posses when they’re away. The fact is the US often look a disjointed team of individuals on the road, and not a unit, as striker Hercules Gomez of Santos Laguna admitted in his interview. The squad which is still gelling has a few new faces in the form of MLS defenders Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez, one of which should see some minutes with Carlos Bocanegra still not fully fit. Jozy Altidore has been on fire but there’s not much you can do for the national team when the manager just doesn’t like playing you. It’s questionable (and ridiculous) whether or not Altidore will see much playing time tonight. Honduras don’t have the names the US have but they do have a formidable home record. They’ve only lost twice here in world cup qualifiers since 2001, one of those being against a US side carried by the now absent Landon Donovan. They’ve beaten Mexico in that time. They rounded off a comfortable first qualification stage with a 8-1 home win over Canada, the side that held this US squad in transition to a 0-0 draw IN the US just two weeks back. The problem the US has is that it can only really compete in the middle of the field, as central midfielder Graham Zusi is the closest thing they have to a winger. However Honduras certainly has skill and pace out wide. Add to all this that the game will be played infront of a hostile South American crowd – a situation that hasn’t seen the US team fair well – and blistering heat that only the home team will be used too, I can certainly see this staying tight for a long period but I think Honduras will have the legs and experience here in the last 30 minutes.
Honduras Draw no bet @ 2.14 with Marathon