Soccer Picks: England vs. Honduras Intl. Friendly

Steven Suarez

Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:13 PM GMT

Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014 6:13 PM GMT

It's the last chance for England to get geared up and ready for the start of their World Cup adventure. They'll be facing off against Honduras in Miami in a final tuneup and we've got our top soccer picks for this match available for reading.

Odds Overview
There's no doubt who the firm favorites are for Saturday's match in Miami. England is in the -225 to -250 range to win outright, leaving Hondruas as huge underdogs at +750. A draw is quoted at anywhere from +300 to +350, dependent on the sportsbook you use.

 

England
England's second tune-up match ended in a 2-2 draw against Ecuador. Goals for Roy Hodgson's team came from Wayne Rooney and Rickie Lambert.

It was virtually an entirely different starting XI that Hodgson employed than what we saw against Peru. Rooney was the only player to start in both matches.

Ben Foster was in goal against the Ecuadorians, while James Milner, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw were in the back. Jack Wilshere and Frank Lampard were in the holding roles, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley and Rooney acting as the attacking midfielders. Lambert was the lone striker.

As you may be able to tell, Hodgson was doing a lot of experimenting. Could Milner perform well as the right back? The answer was a resounding no. Could Rooney be used out wide instead of in a central role? Perhaps.

For Saturday's match, we can expect a much stronger starting XI and a lineup that could very well be the one used in the World Cup opener. Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka figure to return to the heart of the defense, while we're likely to see Joe Hart, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge among others included as well. 

 

Honduras
Preparations aren't going too well for the Hondurans.

They started off with a 2-0 loss to Turkey and then once again found themselves on the losing side in a 4-2 defeat to Israel. It's hard to feel too good about Honduras after they fell to two teams that won't even be competing in the World Cup.

To ensure their qualification, the Hondurans were able to finish third in the CONCACAF, behind only the United States of America and Costa Rica. There were two standout wins in the group stages, first over the USA (2-1) and then away against Mexico (2-1).

Come June, Honduras will be competing in Group E alongside France, Ecuador and Switzerland in what some would call one of the more wide-open draws in the competition.

Players to look out for include Carlo Costly, who has a team-best 31 goals in 69 international appearances throughout his career. We're also eager to see what kind of impacts Wilson Palacios, Jerry Bengston, Emilio Izaguirre, Maynor Figueroa, Oscar Garcia and Roger Espinoza will have. 

 

Soccer Pick
England didn't look too assured defensively against Ecuador, but it's not like we can fault them given the back line they were testing out.

We look for the English to be much better on that front this weekend, as they try to iron out all of the kinks ahead of the start of the World Cup.

In truth, England have actually looked fluid and dangerous when attacking and we believe we'll see them get at least a couple goals against a Honduras outfit that's shipped six goals in two warmup matches so far. With our soccer picks, let's add Hodgson's bunch to win by two more goals, in order to get as much value as possible.

Soccer Pick: England 3 Honduras 1

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