Honduras - Ecuador Betting Preview: Why a feisty affair should see plenty of cards

These two sides have previous for heated encounters and as Phil Kitromilides explains, backing over 4.5 cards in the game looks to be a shrewd investment at an attractive price
Both Honduras and Ecuador lost their respective opening matches, but in extremely different circumstances.

While Luis Fernando Suarez's men were utterly outclassed by France in a 3-0 defeat, La Tri were good value for at least a draw against Switzerland before conceding a goal with practically the final touch of the game to lose 2-1.

Defeat therefore, will mean elimination and Ecuador are the clear favorites to triumph with bet365 pricing them at 7/10 (1.70) for the win, while Honduras are offered at 9/2 (5.50) with the draw available at 3/1 (4.00).

One bet stands out clearly however in this fixture and that is backing over 4.5 cards at 9/10 (1.90).

Honduras have shown themselves to be one of the most aggressive teams in the tournament and even before the competition began attracted criticism for their overly rugged approach in the friendly they played against
England in the United States.

Furthermore, their physical nature seems to rub off on their opponents who in turn get wound up, leading to - more often than not - flare-ups on the pitch.

Ecuador are a better team than Honduras and should beat them - and that could lead to frustration, which in turn should lead to cards. The underdogs have already shown their intent to stop their opposition playing football rather than focusing on their own play and there is little reason to expect their approach to change in this match.

This bet has easily paid out in each of Honduras' last two games, while there were two red cards when these two teams met in a friendly back in November.

There may well be one or two scores to settle here and backing at least five cards in the game should be a nailed on selection for punters to profit from.

Over 4.5 cards at 9/10 (1.90) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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