Brazil - Honduras Preview: La Bicolor Olimpica look to upset the odds once again
Mano Menezes' men are favourites for Saturday's clash with the Central Americans, who will be looking to pull off another upset after beating Spain in the group stages
By Nicholas McGee
Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan Jesus, Marcelo
Romulo, Sandro, Oscar
Neymar, Hulk, Pato
Velasquez, Leveron, Crisanto, Figueroa
Garrido, Martinez, Meija, Najar, Peralta
Neither side have new injury concerns heading into the game. Neto is expected to return in goal for Brazil after being rested for the final group game victory over New Zealand.
Honduras head coach Luis Suarez is expected to drop striker Anthony Lozano in favour of a five-man midfield with Arnold Peralta coming in, with Luis Garrido, who can also play up front, dropping back.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Brazil have never won an Olympic football tournament. They finished as runners up in 1984 and 1988 as well as third in 1996 and 2008. Honduras have never reached the last four at an Olympic Games.
- Brazil's last triumph at a major tournament was back in 2007, when they won the Copa America in Venezuela.
- The Brazilians have not competed at an Olympic football tournament in Europe since the 1972 Games in Munich, where they were eliminated in the first round.
- Brazil made their Olympic football debut back in 1952 at the Helsinki games, they beat Netherlands and Luxembourg before losing to West Germany at the quarter-final stage.
- Only five of Brazil's squad play their club football in their home nation. Defender Bruno Uvini and Manchester United target Lucas Moura both ply their trade with Sao Paulo, while Neymar and Ganso are team-mates at Santos. Striker Leandro Daimao is currently under contract with Internacional.
- Despite their lowly stature as a footballing nation, Honduras have enjoyed success at international tournaments. They have made the semi-finals of the Concacaf Gold Cup twice in the last four years.
- Honduras striker Jerry Bengtson (pictured right) is currently second in the tournament goalscoring charts, Brazilian duo Neymar and Leandro Daimao are close behind with two each.
- Honduras' first appearance at an Olympic football tournament was in 2000 at the Sydney-based Games. They were knocked out in the group stages despite an entertaining 3-3 draw with Nigeria and a 2-1 win over the hosts.
- Honduras' boss Luis Fernando Suarez was manager of the Ecuador national team when they were knocked out of the 2006 World Cup by England.
- In the five times that Brazil and Honduras have played each other, the latter have only won once. That win came in the 2001 Copa America as they eliminated the Selecao with a 2-0 win in the quarter-finals on their way to a third-place finish.
|Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|Sign up today with Coral and get a £50 FREE bet - no strings attached!|
|Sign up today with BetVictor and get a £25 FREE BET!|
|Sign up with Betway for an exclusive bet £10 get £20 free bet!|
Top 3 Predictions
Brazil U-23 3-1 Honduras U-23
- 20.56 %
Brazil U-23 3-0 Honduras U-23
- 19.63 %
Brazil U-23 2-0 Honduras U-23
- 11.85 %
|Olympic Games (OLY)||Aug 4, 2012||Brazil U-23 3 - Honduras U-23 2|
|Aug 11, 2012||Brazil U-23 1 - Mexico U-23 2||OLY|
|Aug 7, 2012||Brazil U-23 3 - South Korea U-23 0||OLY|
|Aug 4, 2012||Brazil U-23 3 - Honduras U-23 2||OLY|
|Aug 1, 2012||Brazil U-23 3 - New Zealand U-23 0||OLY|
|Jul 29, 2012||Brazil U-23 3 - Belarus U-23 1||OLY|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed