Betting tips for Honduras v Ecuador: Predicted line-ups & essential facts and stats

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Predicted line-ups:

Honduras: Valladares, Figueroa, Bernardez, Izaguirre, García, Bengtson, Costly, Espinoza, Najar, Garrido, Beckeles.

Wilson Palacios is out of contention after being red carded against France.

Ecuador: Dominguez, Paredes, Erazo, Guagua, Ayoví, Noboa , Gruezo, Montero, Valencia , Arroyo , Enner Valencia.

No selection concerns.

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101GG Betting Tip:

Cliched as it may be, but for the teams involved, Honduras v Ecuador is a final.

After both nations lost their opening game of the World Cup to France and Switzerland respectively, the last match on Friday night in Brazil is a do-or-die face-off between two of the weaker sides in the competition. Lose or even draw, and Honduras and Ecuador can kiss their World Cup dreams goodbye.

It’s hard to know which team will have the advantage in Curitiba as both nations will have extensive inside knowledge of their opponent.

In a bizarre twist, current Ecuador manager, Reinaldo Rueda, used to manage Honduras (he got them into their first World Cup finals in 28 years in South Africa) , while Honduran manager Luis Fernando Suarez used to be in charge of Ecuador. Completely the familiarity stakes, both managers are also Colombian.

On the basis of performances from the opening round of matches, Ecuador seem to have the edge before kick off.

El Tri gave a decent account of themselves in the 2-1, last minute defeat to the Swiss, however whether conceding a 93rd minute goal knocked the stuffing out the South Americans needs to be seen.

If Ecuador are to win, then strikers Enner Valencia and Felipe Caicedo will need better service from wingers Antonio Valencia and Jefferson Montero than what was on show against the Swiss in round one. Their defence, who often look susceptible to crosses and set-plays, will also have to stiffen up quickly too.

And talking about knocking the stuffing out of things, Honduras will be aiming to change their global perception after the France game that they are more than a bunch of fouling thugs, but rather a team who can actually play a bit.

The Central Americans hopes seem to be pinned on strike duo Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengtson, who between them have scored more than 50 goals at international level.

One final point.

Honduras v Ecuador takes place in Curitiba, which produced the only 0-0 so far of the tournament between NIgeria and Iran. The Brazilian fans going to the game will be praying for more action at the stadium this time, but the feeling is they may get gypped once again.

101GG Prediction: Honduras 0 – Ecuador 1

Some essential facts and stats to help with online betting:

This is Honduras’ third appearance in the World Cup finals and they have yet to win a game.

Honduras haven’t scored a goal in the World Cup finals since Spain 1982, having gone scoreless last time in South Africa.

Ecuador are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Honduras, all in friendlies (W1 D2).

Ecuador have gone six matches in all competitions without keeping a clean sheet.

None of Ecuador’s eight World Cup games have finished as a draw (W3 L5).

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