THE biggest game in Australian football (at least, since the ’05 qualifier vs Uruguay) is finally upon us.
For those unaware, we are far from the Socceroos biggest fans and are very realistic about what this squad is capable of – especially with Ange Postecoglou at the helm.
It seems the bookies are finally catching on that this team is no shoe-in for qualification after they barely scraped past Syria in their two-legged qualifier.
Throughout the qualifying campaign we’ve been shown time and time again how one-dimensional this team is going forward, and you can be certain that they’ll be more direct than ever tomorrow morning in San Pedro Sula.
In saying that, for most of the Aussie players this will be the most hostile environment they have played in and the parochial home crowd will no doubt do all they can to indirectly terrorise the green and gold from the stands.
The Socceroos have been extremely disappointing of late failing to keep a clean sheet in their past five matches and they now run into a Honduras outfit that is undefeated in their last five matches, which includes a dramatic last start 3-2 victory over Mexico.
Both sides are missing key players through suspension while Tim Cahill looks destined to miss the leg through injury. Honduran winger Romell Quioto, who plies his trade in the MLS, is lightning quick and has the potential to cause the shaky Aussie back three a world of pain. For the Socceroos, the loss of Matthew Leckie and likely absence of Cahill leaves you wondering where the goals will come from and failure to pick up an away goal could prove their ultimate undoing in this tie. Back the home side to get the win in a gritty affair.
Prediction: Honduras @ $2.00