How They Got Here: As a National team, Honduras qualified in a group consisting of Caribbean, Central- and North American teams. They were ranked in the second group together with Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, but after Mexico, U.S.A and Costa Rica. They entered the third round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualification by beating Puerto Rico by a total of 6-2 in the second round. In the third round they ended first in their group leaving Mexico, Jamaica and Canada behind. In the fourth round, they ended third and direct qualified to the World Cup, after U.S.A and Mexico but at the same point as Costa Rica, who were forced to play against Uruguay in the final play-off to the World Cup.
Form: Chile played against Honduras in an International friendly back in January 2009, when they were defeated by 2-0 in Honduras. One year later, Honduras beat U.S.A with 3-1 in a friendly, besides these two results, there are mainly losses and draws for the Central American team. In their last game, Honduras lost to Romania with 3-0 in a game where D. Suazo and W. Palacios became injured.
Our Chances of Beating You: Chile’s chances against Honduras are by my opinion great. This is the first game and both teams have a strong companionship due to having a consistent team. Chile has much hunger to show their people that they can do well in a World Cup. Honduras is just happy to have made it here. Chile plays a varied football, where European physique meets South American technique. Chile has a young team that are used to tournaments as they have played several Under 20 World Championships. Honduras strength lies in their effectiveness; they know that they must score if they are given a chance. Chile will win because they have 9 starting players that are better. We are hungry, let them come and meet our Pitbull Gary Medel.
My Prediction: Chile – Honduras 4-1