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Last World Cup: Group Stage
Nickname: La “H”, Catrachos
Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
Star man: Wilson Palacios
Tournament best: Group stages 1982, 2010

Honduras have undergone several changes since South Africa, but pulled it all together in time to enjoy a successful qualifying campaign, finally sealing their place with a 2-2 draw against Jamaica in the final match.

Strengths: Honduras tended to leave things late in qualifying, scoring a greater proportion of goals in the last quarter of an hour than all but six qualifying teams. They ranked similarly at netting from corner kicks, which they used to great effect. Defensively they were strongest on the left side, with only five teams conceding a smaller proportion of goals from this area.

Weaknesses: The Honduran attack was one of the least reliable during qualifying, with no side failing to score more often than the 44% of matches in which they drew a blank. At the back things didn't go much better, with 38% of their matches involving the concession of two or more goals.

Prospects: Progressing from the group stage will be a big ask. Their corner routine may be their best chance to carve out an opening against the formidable Swiss defence, which also tended to concede more late goals than early ones. Ecuador's threat from free kicks and high balls into the box will cause Honduras problems based on their displays in qualifying, as will their tight defensive record late on.

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