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Japan - Honduras Preview: South Americans hoping to book quarter-final place

Japan - Honduras Preview: South Americans hoping to book quarter-final place

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The Hondurans blew the group wide open after a shock 1-0 victory over Spain and face a side who have already sealed their place in the last eight of the Olympics

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

JAPAN
Japan Under 23
Gonda
Tokunaga, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Suzuki
Ogihara, Higashi, Yamaguchi
Otsu, Nagai, Kiyotake

HONDURAS
 
Mendoza
Leveron, Velasquez, Lopez, Figueroa

Peralta, Martinez
Mejia, Espinoza, Najar
Bengtson



Japan appear likely to name the same side which beat Morocco 1-0 last time out as they look to top their group with a 100 per cent record.

Striker Kensuke Nagai will likely keep his place after his late goal sealed the win for the Blue Samurai on Sunday.

However, following their incredible 1-0 win over tournament favourites Spain, Honduras have proved they will be tough to break down.

Alfredo Mejia could come into the side to add an extra body in coach Luis Suarez’s midfield, as a point will ensure that the South Americans go through.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Japan are one of two teams who have a chance to qualify from their group with a 100% record, with Brazil also currently on six points.

  • At the last Olympics in Beijing 2008, Japan finished bottom of their group on zero points after losing all three of their games.

  • Japan have only ever won a bronze medal at the Olympic games back in 1968. 

  • Honduras also finished bottom of their group in Beijing after losing all three of their games.    

  • Jerry Bengtson (pictured right) is the top scorer for Honduras and joint top scorer of the competition so far with three goals along with Senegal’s Moussa Konate.

  • Honduras have never won a medal at the Olympic games and have only ever competed three times at the games in Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Japan U23

Honduras U23

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1
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Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Japan U23 JAP
Japan U23 Japan U23
Draw
Honduras U23 HON
Honduras U23 Honduras U23
71%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

Japan U23 JAP
2 - 0
Honduras U23 HON
Japan U23 JAP
1 - 0
Honduras U23 HON
Japan U23 JAP
2 - 1
Honduras U23 HON

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