Mexico take on Honduras on Thursday evening for a place in the Gold Cup semi-finals.
El Tri came through their group as winners while only conceding one goal, but question marks remain over how potent their attack will be as the competition hots up without a number of key players.
They will be confident of seeing off Honduras, though, who are in the last eight by virtue of the fact they were awarded a 3-0 forfeit win against French Guiana.
|Game||Mexico vs Honduras|
|Date||Thursday, July 20|
|Time||19:30 local, 22:30 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS1 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. It can also be watched in Spanish on Univision.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|FS1 / Univision||Fox Sports Go|
In the UK, the match will not be broadcast live on television.
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Corona, Fraga, Munoz|
|Defenders||Rodriguez, Pereira, Ayala, Alvarez, Montes, Marin, Lopez, Reyes, Mayorga|
|Midfielders||Molina, Pineda, Gutierrez, E. Hernandez, Pizarro, J. Hernandez, Gallardo, Duenas|
|Forwards||Torres, Barragan, Sepulveda|
Mexico opted not to make any changes to their squad for the knockout stage.
Expect yet more changes to their starting XI, with no fewer than 10 enforced for the final group-stage match against Curacao.
Potential starting XI: Corona; Rodriguez, Pereira, Montes, Reyes; Duenas, Molina, Pineda; Hernandez, Torres, Pizarro.
|Goalkeepers||L. Lopez, Canales, Escobar|
|Defenders||Crisanto, M. Figueroa, H. Figueroa, Alvarado, Vargas, Pereira, Beckeles, Sanchez|
|Midfielders||Acosta, Discua, Mejia, A. Lopez, Pena, Garcia, Claros, Chirinos|
|Forwards||Quioto, Lanza, Elis, Tejeda|
Honduras made two changes to their squad at the end of the group stage, dropping Anthony Lozano and Rony Martinez for Michaell Chirinos and Angel Tejeda.
Potential starting XI: Lopez; Crisanto, H. Figueroa, M. Figueroa, Sanchez; Garcia, Mejia, Claros; Elis, Lanza, Quioto.
BETTING & GAME ODDS
Mexico are 4/7 favorites to win, according to dabblebet. Honduras are rated 5/1 to triumph and the draw through 90 minutes can be backed at 13/5.
As quarter-final ties go, this one doesn't look too difficult from Mexico's point of view; it's not often you face a side in the last eight that has not actually won a game.
Honduras are traditionally no slouches on the CONCACAF scene but they have had a poor Gold Cup so far and qualified for the knockout stage thanks to French Guiana's forfeit of their group-stage match, turning a 0-0 draw into a 3-0 win.
Otherwise, the Hondurans lost narrowly to Costa Rica - though their performance was respectable in that game - and drew 1-1 with a resurgent Canada side.
The pessimism in the camp was highlighted by the fact that coach Jorge Luis Pinto returned forward Anthony Lozano, the top scorer in his squad, and midfielder Rony Martinez to their clubs at the end of the groups.
Coming in are two domestic players in Michaell Chirinos and Angel Tejeda who have 20 caps and zero international goals between them.
Honduras have, at least, been fairly solid at the back and Mexico's main challenge will be finding the goals and creativity required to make a breakthrough. It is still not entirely clear who will start up front for El Tri, with Erick Torres the striker most likely to get another chance.