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Two defeats in September obviously didn’t help Honduras in their campaign. They now seat third behind the leaders USA and Mexico.
As things stand, Honduras are just inside the automatic qualification zone above fourth-placed Costa Rica.
According to Wigan Athletic’s Figueroa, his country’s hopes of reaching its first World Cup finals in over twenty-four years are well alive.
"We have a big chance,” the defender stated.
"I believe the reason that we're in a position today to qualify for the World Cup is by taking advantage of the atmosphere of the stadium,” he explained before continuing:
“And we hope against the United States that things will also turn out well for us."
Thanks to FIFA’s decision late last month, the Hondurans will be able to stage this titanic clash on home soil despite political issues distracting the country.
If Honduras bounce back from their two consecutive defeats with a victory on Saturday, then they’ll close the gap on the current leaders USA to zero point.
Due to goal difference reason, Honduras will edge the United States should things happen this way. At the end of the day, there could even be new group leaders in the name of Mexico. That is if El Tri beat El Salvador in Saturday’s other fixture.
Captain London Donovan is already thinking about how freak it will be to play at the Francisco Morazan. The difficulty for Bob Bradley’s youngsters will definitely come because of Honduras’ fans attitude and the humid and hot atmosphere.
Assessing those things, Donovan said:
"It probably won't look much like a typical soccer game,
"It will probably be pretty scrappy."
Adding to the USA’s huge challenge against Honduras is the absence of defender Demerit. The Watford captain might go under surgery for his eye after sustaining a bizarre eye injury some few weeks ago.
Still, the USA are confident of making it through to South Africa in 2010 and a win on Saturday will do just that.