Betting tip Olympia Rio 2016 Soccer Men: Argentina - Honduras
Wednesday, 10.08.2016 at 18:00
Argentina fights for quarter finals
Who would have believed that? Argentina is fighting for a spot in the quarter finals on the last day of group play at the Olympic Games 2016. And that's mainly because of a loss to Portugal in their opening match. Against Honduras the "gauchos" have to be seen as the favorite though. Kick-Off is Wednesday at 6 PM.
Current form Argentina
Most experts thought that Argentina would win Group D and also believed and still believe that Argentina is a gold medal contender. After all Argentina's team is worth almost 80 million Euros in total. For comparison only: Portugal doesn't even amount to half of that figure. Argentina's offense particularly is very strong with players like Giovanni Simeone, son of Atlético Madrid Coach Diego Simeone or last year’s Champions League finalist Angél Correa. The most valuable player for Coach Julio Olaticochea's midfield is Giovani Lo Celso, whose market value is set at 10 million Euros. Lo Celso recently signed with the French top club Paris Saint Germain. Argentina's weak spot clearly is their defense. They are not only lacking big names, but they didn't show a good performance yet either, which became clear at the 0:2 loss against Portugal. With a meager 2:1 win against Algeria Argentina kept their chances for the quarter finals alive though.
Current form Honduras
The Hondurans are the biggest surprise of group D, if not the biggest surprise of the whole Olympic football tournament. So far Coach Jorge Luis Pinto's team could score 3 points and therefore still has a chance to make it to the quarter finals. In their opener they could celebrate a 3:2 win against Algeria and on the second day of action Honduras barely lost 1:2 against Portugal. But they had a good game against Portugal and even scored the 1:0 after a couple of seconds. Now they are facing a very strong opponent with Argentina. You won't find any star players in Honduras' roster, but the team is collectively strong. Coach Pinto is betting on a very stable defense and plays a 5-4-1 system. Center forward Choco Lozano is acting as a first defender. Lozano is the most valuable player on the team and plays for Tenerife in the second Spanish league. The best-known player probably is Johnny Palacios. The youngest one of the 4 Palacios Brothers (three of them make/made their living with football) is sidelined because of e yellow-card suspension and won't be able to help his team against Argentina.
Quality wise Argentina is much stronger than Honduras. The Pinto-Eleven thrives on willingness to run and their commitment to the game. Honduras will miss their most important player Palacios though. That's why we are counting on an effortless win for Argentina. Our recommendation therefore: Tipp 1.