Mexico lost to Honduras 2-0 on Friday night in the first leg of their CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal. So El Tri has some work to do to reach the semifinals and reward people who bet on them with Mexican sports betting operators.
The tournament is important because the four teams that reach the semifinals will earn a spot in the 2024 Copa America, hosted by the USA. That event will feature six CONCACAF teams plus all 10 members of South America’s federation, CONMEBOL. Copa America is a very prestigious opportunity and it will be a chance for teams to compete against all of the best players in the Americas, so earning a spot is crucial.
Mexico must win by more than two goals on Tuesday at The Azteca in Mexico City to clinch a place in the CONCACAF National League semifinals.
Despite their loss on Friday in Tegucigalpa, Mexico sports betting apps have Mexico as big favorites at home.
It is rare for Honduras to beat Mexico at home, as Los Catrachos did on Friday. It is even more difficult for Honduras to win in Mexico City. According to the 11v11 website, Honduras has only one victory in Mexico’s capital. That was on Sept. 6, 2013, when Honduras scored twice in the second half to shock Mexico 2-1 in World Cup qualifying. That was part of a very difficult year for Mexico, which finished fourth in CONCACAF and only qualified for the 2014 World Cup after defeating New Zealand in a playoff.
For Tuesday, Betway Mexico Sportsbook lists Mexico as a -700 favorite to win.
Mexico and Honduras have played each other 47 times and Friday was only the ninth time that Honduras has won.
Anthony Lozano scored in the first half and Bryan Rochez, who entered the game as a substitute in the 60th minute, had a goal in the second half for Honduras on Friday. It was the first time Honduras shut out Mexico since the teams tied 0-0 in a friendly in 2021. Mexico had possession for 65% of the time but were not dangerous enough when they attacked the goal, because Honduras had six shots on target compared to two for Mexico.
Mexico went into Friday’s match as a -300 favorite according to bet365 Mexico Sportsbook. That operator has Mexican forward Raul Jimenez as the favorite to score a goal anytime on Tuesday, at -138 odds.
Usually, the CONCACAF Nations League is not that important, certainly not compared to World Cup qualifying or the Gold Cup, which determines the champion of CONCACAF.
But again, this year it is more meaningful because of those places in the Copa America for 2024. The winners in the Nations League quarterfinals will automatically earn places. The losers will have to enter a playoff to decide the final two CONCACAF teams to enter Copa America.
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