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Honduras vs. El Salvador: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

Honduras vs. El Salvador: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

Honduras vs. El Salvador: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

We've come to the conclusion of Group C at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and there's plenty at stake. El Salvador (1-0-1, 4 points) needs a win in order to secure their place in the knockout stage, while Honduras (0-2-0, 0 points) would love to finish their Gold Cup with a victory before heading back home. Group C is far from settled, and El Salvador can only do so much on their own while much of what happens will depend on the results of the previous game between Jamaica and Curacao. But El Salvador can only control what's in front of them, and this game is very important.

Honduras vs. El Salvador

When: Tuesday, June 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Where: Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles)

TV: FS1 and Univision

Three Things to Watch

1. Win and El Salvador is in

Victory would give El Salvador seven points in the Group C standings and secure their spot to the quarterfinals. A win combined with a Jamaica loss would give them the Group C crown and the better seed in the knockout stage. If El Salvador and Jamaica both lose, then Curacao wins the group and the other quarterfinal spot will come down to goal differential (tied at +1) between the other two teams. A tie means Curacao would have to beat Jamaica to keep El Salvador out of the knockout stage.

2. Honduras still has something to play for

Even though they've already been eliminated, the Hondurans have the chance to play spoiler. If they defeat their regional rivals then they could potentially eliminate them from advancing depending on what happens between Jamaica and Curacao. A victory also would let Honduras go home on a high note and something to build off in preparation for the Concacaf Nations League event, which will be held later this year.

3. Head-to-head

Not surprisingly, there is plenty of history between these two Central American neighbors. Honduras leads the all-time series 30-15-16 but El Salvador has claimed the two most recent meetings.

Final Analysis

El Salvador has too much to play for, so they find a way to win and advance.

Prediction: El Salvador 2, Honduras 0

— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.