France vs Honduras 06/15/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Group E Pick and Preview
Honduras vs France
Sunday 15th June 2014 20:00(GMT)
The Line: France 4/11 Draw 15/4 Honduras 10/1 See the Latest Odds
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I mistakenly thought that Costa Rica would be a walkover for Uruguay so I will not be so quick to write off the chances of any CONCAF qualifier again. Honduras have a couple of wins against Costa Rica in 2013 as well so we'll have to take this team at its merits. A decent looking back four with a couple of fullbacks who are playing with Celtic and Hull respectively in Figueroa and Izegurre a tough tackling midfield in former Tottenham man Wilson Palacios and a couple of strikers who know where the net is in Kingston and Costly. So can Honduras pull off a huge shock here against France? Well frankly no.
France are a really good team, with a very good team spirit built around manager Didier Deschamps belief that no player is bigger than the team. A World Cup winner with France in 1998 Deschamps knows a thing or two about winning and how its done. With Karim Benzema up front he has a match winner and youngster Greizmann is coming in of a super season, Pogba, Greizmann and Varane would all be in the picture for young player of the tournament if France do go to the latter stages. The loss of Ribery is immeasurable a player of that ability is impossible to replace but France have gotten this far because they are adaptable and they showed this in the World Cup playoff when coming from 2-0 down in the first leg to beat the Ukraine 3-0 in Paris. There is experience in the form of Lloris, Evra,Benzema who have all been around for quite a while.
I cant take anything other than a France win here but this is not one of my favourite plays. I think Honduras could hold out for 60 minutes or so but eventually France's quality should come through. Trying to find some value and I see this one as one of the few low scoring games in the Group stages and I am going to take the under 2.5 goals here as I see France winning 1-0 or 2-0. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo