Mexico enter Matchday 5 of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers in dire need of a win to silence their critics. As soon as their game against Canada came to an end last Thursday, fans and media members slammed El Tri's poor performance, which may see them trying to go out in strong form to face Honduras, another team that has vastly underperformed in the CONCACAF Qualifiers.
Mexico started out with two wins, but their last two matches have ended in a draw. Hence, Gerardo Martino's men are now second in the World Cup Qualifiers thanks to their lower goal difference compared to the one owned by the USMNT.
Mexican fans have blamed their strikers for their poor performances at Azteca Stadium, which was known as an unpenetrable fortress back in the day for CONCACAF teams. Now, El Tri have only been able to score three times at their beloved stadium, and even if they are yet to produce one goal, Argentine boss Gerardo Martino may be inclined to keep trusting Hirving Lozano, Jesús Corona, and Raúl Jiménez to lead the line against Honduras.
On the other side of the pitch, Honduras will be desperate to prove their worth against Mexico when they step into the sacred turf of Azteca Stadium. Los Catrachos have collected three draws and no wins after four matches, which has prompted fans and experts to demand Fabian Coito's sacking as coach. The blue and white side has only been able to score once in two away games, which may see them defending their turf and try to damage Mexico with their counter-attacks.
Honduras will have to base their hopes for success on Alberth Elis, the most talented player in their squad. Elis has scored eleven goals for La H in 49 apps, and while that may not be as impressive, those eleven goals make him the active player with the most goals for Honduras' side. So, getting the ball to Bordeaux's striker will be key for Los Catrachos to earn their second win at Azteca Stadium in history.
Speaking of World Cup Qualifying games, this will be the sixth clash between these national teams held at Azteca Stadium in the 21st Century. Out of those, Mexico have won four, with one draw and one victory for Honduras, which took place in 2013. Los Catrachos' main duty will be to find the back of the net here, since their record in those games shows only three goals, while El Tri has found the back of the net ten times in those six clashes.
Broadcast info: Mexico vs Honduras
In Mexico: Canal 5 Televisa, Azteca 7, Azteca Deportes En Vivo, TUDN, TUDN En Vivo, Blim TV.
In Honduras: TBD.
In the U.S.: TUDN App, Univision NOW, TUDN USA, Univision, TUDN.com, Paramount+.
In Panama: Nex.
In Guatemala: Tigo Sports Guatemala.
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