Ecuador and Honduras both suffered losses in their opening games at the 2014 World Cup, making their Group E meeting at the Arena da Baixada in Curitibia tomorrow morning at 8am AEST a vital match for both nations.
With the winner of Group E’s other match between France and Switzerland assured a place in the knock-out round of the 2014 World Cup, the loser of this fixture is almost assured of being knocked out of proceedings before the final round of Pool games next week.
Ecuador opened the scoring in their first round clash with Switzerland and played well for the game’s 90 minutes; unluckily conceding the losing goal in the third minute of injury time. Bookmakers are sure the Ecuadorians will be far-luckier in their match with Honduras, instilling the South American side as clear $1.62 favourites, while Honduras can be taken at particularly generous odds of $5 for success.
Interestingly, Honduras have won four matches to Ecuador’s three in head-to-head fixtures since first meeting competitively in 1984, drawing a further six times. For this reason, punters may find value in backing the draw in this 2014 World Cup fixture, currently offered at odds of $3.75 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
While not necessarily offering the best value in head-to-head markets for success, including Ecuador as a fold in multi-bet is well and truly worth consideration, with punters often boxing-up a day’s matches to chase great value with favourites. Day 9 will also feature a match between clear favourites Italy and the other Group E match between France and Switzerland. Boxing up all three favourites will currently offer odds of $4.60 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Neither Ecuador nor Honduras have been known for piling the goals on their opposition, so placing a wager on a low scoring affair is likely to be a smart move. Odds of $8 can be taken for punters who believe Ecuador will beat Honduras 2-1 in the 2014 World Cup, while Honduras securing a victory at the same score line may prove a particularly lucrative bet at $17.
With Honduras unable to find the net in their 3-0 loss to France earlier this week, a wager on Ecuador keeping a clean sheet at $2.20 odds is worth a play, while Honduras reversing their fortunes in defence is given less chance at $5.
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