England will take on Honduras in a warm up match at Miami on June 7, Saturday.
Date: June 7th
Time: 2:15 am IST
Preview: The Three lions take on Honduras in what is a last warm up match for both sides before they head on to the big stage. England will particularly look to field a strong side after their dismal 2-2 draw against Ecuador mid week.
With Injuries to Chamberlain and a suspension to Sterling, Roy Hodgson needs to do some re thinking about his tactics heading into Brazil. The former Fulham boss fielded a lacklustre side midweek with Ricky Lambert heading the attack. Steven Gerrard remained the notable absentee along with first choice keeper Joe Hart. Milner filled in at right back to complete the 4-2-3-1 formation.
With some momentum necessary heading into Brazil, Hodgson will look to give some game time to Sturridge, Johnson, Baines and even Gerrard. Honduras is not the strongest side in the tournament, but they will look to cause a few upsets beginning from today’s friendly fixture itself.
Honduras on the other hand have suffered two consecutive losses in their friendlies and will look to turn the tables on Saturday. They have a bunch of players who have gained solid experience in the premierleague like Maynor Figueroa, Wilson Palacios and Roger Espinoza amongst others. Figueroa has been an experienced campaigner and he will be all but familiar with the opposition. Honduras has scored only a handful of goals in the recent past and that will be a point of concern heading into Brazil.
England (4-2-3-1): Hart; Johnson,Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Lampard, Henderson; Barkley, Gerrard, Rooney Sturridge
Honduras (4-4-2): Escober; Beckeles, O.Chavez, Figueroa, Garcia; Martinez, M.Chavez, Palacios, Espinoza; Bengtson, Palacios.
Another interesting stat is that England and Honduras have never faced one another in the history of International football. So, this relatively ‘new fixture’ will allow each side to draw first blood in what is considered a new chapter in the footballing chronicles of both sides.
Predction: Predction wise, England will mostly nail the contest with a 2-0 or a 3-1 win. The odds are in favour of Hodgson’s side and that pretty much sums up what the bookies have in mind as well.