World Cup 2014: France v Honduras match preview
A look ahead to the 1998 World champions’ clash with Honduras
Friday 13 June 2014
It was a rocky road at the play-offs for France but the team eventually made it to the World Cup finals and will be looking to exorcise those 2010 demons when Raymond Domenech’s squad fell apart.
Manager Didier Deschamps might be regretting his decision to drop Manchester City player Samir Nasri, after Franck Ribery officially announced that he will not be participating at the competition after succumbing to a lower-back injury. His absence will create plenty of problems in the team’s attack and now the French boss will be relying greatly on the likes of Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Valbuena.
Honduras lost two out of their last three warm-up matches to Turkey and Israel but did manage to snatch an impressive draw against England. Manager Luis Fernando Suarez will be missing the services of Rangers midfielder Arnold Peralta who was ruled out due to a thigh injury. The former Ecuador boss will be expected to line up the team with a 4-4-2 formation with strikers Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengtson expected to do better than in the qualifiers.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 8pm
The teams have never faced each other before.
This is the second straight appearance at the World Cup for Honduras and the third in total as La H made its debut in 1982.
Dider Deschamps’s last World Cup match as a player for France was in the 1998 final when Les Tricolores won the title at home. His last official match was in the Euro 2000 final where the team won that trophy as well.
France only lost one match in the qualifiers to World Cup holders Spain whereas Honduras amassed three losses where they only scored 13 goals in 10 matches and conceded 12.
Honduras have never won a World Cup match and have never made it through the group stage.
France to win: 1.3
Honduras to win: 12.1
TV: Live on BBC One at 8pm
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