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World Cup qualifiers 2022 PREVIEW: Honduras vs USA and Panama vs Mexico

Honduras take on USMNT in San Pedro and Panama take on Mexico at the Rommel Fernández stadium on Wednesday night, September 8th in the World Cup qualifiers.

Honduras vs USA

Honduras and the USMNT will both be seeking their first victory in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers when they play each other on Wednesday night at Olympic Metropolitano in San Pedro. The two teams have matching statistics - both butchered a one-goal lead to tie Canada and neither could score on El Salvador, so both teams are sitting at two ties with one goal for and one against.

Honduras currently sits in fourth with only two points so far, leaving them to try and catch up in the Octagonal phase of the World Cup qualifying. Honduras’ team can’t seem to keep the ball in their possession, with 34% possession in their game against Canada and only 30% against El Salvador. On a positive note, the team has not lost at their home stadium since 2016 nor have they conceded a goal since their 3-2 win against Mexico in 2017.

USMNT have played against Honduras 26 times and of those 26, have only lost three. The most recent loss was in 2013 when Honduras beat them 2-1. Though the U.S. aren’t off to a terrible start, they certainly could be doing better than fifth place and winless. Though they are undefeated in their last 11 fixtures, the USMNT has high expectations after winning the Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League. They will be at a disadvantage being the away team, but historically have outscored Honduras 15-5.

Possible Honduras lineup:
Luis Lopez (GK), Johnny Leveron (DF), Marcelo Pereira (DF), José Garcia (DF), Allans Vargas (DF), Deybi Flores (MF), Carlos Pineda (MF), Boniek Garcia (MF), Brayan Moya (FW), Anthony Lozano (FW), Romell Quioto (FW).

Possible USMNT lineup:
Ethan Horvath (GK), George Bello (DF), John Brooks (DF), Mark Mckenzie (DF), Tim Ream (DF), Kellyn Acosta (MF), Sebastian Lletget (MF), Cristian Roldán (MF), Brenden Aaronson (FW), Ricardo Pepi (FW), Gio Reyna (FW).

Panama vs Mexico

Panama and Mexico will fight for first place in the final stage of the Concacaf qualifying World Cup 2022. Panama won their last game against Jamaica 3-0 away from home. Mexico beat Costa Rica 1-0 to give them a perfect record. That puts Mexico in first place by six points after winning two games, and Panama in second with four points, with one win and one tie.

Mexico have won 22 out of 38 games against Panama. Panama have only won a mere five, and 11 ended in a tie. Panama has a better record at home with four wins out of six games. However, of their last seven games, they’ve only won two. They lost two and tied three. Mexico is on a much more successful run, having won eight of their last ten games and scored an average of 1.9 goals. Panama has conceded three goals in their last three matches.

Possible Panama lineup:
Luis Mejia (GK), Michael Amir Murillo (DF), Cesar Blackman (DF), Fidel Escobar (DF), Jiovany Ramos (DF), Edgar Bárcenas (MF), Aníbal Godoy (MF), César Yanis (MF), Rolando Blackburn (FW), Cecilio Waterman (FW), José Fajardo (FW).

Possible Mexico lineup:
Guillermo Ochoa (GK), Néstor Araujo (DF), César Montes (DF), José Ramirez (DF), Chaka Rodríguez (DF), Edson Álvarez (MF), Uriel Antuna (MF), Jonathan Dos Santos (MF), Jesus Corona (FW), Henry Martín (FW), Rogelio Funes Mori (FW).

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