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Canada will look to maintain its undefeated record in World Cup qualifying when it travels to Honduras on Thursday.

John Herdman’s side are unbeaten in eight games so far, topping the Concacaf table one point ahead of the United States and two ahead of Mexico.

Honduras, meanwhile, are bottom with zero wins and just three points – nothing but a win here will be enough to keep their slim hopes of reaching Qatar 2022 alive.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game…

When is the kick off? Thursday, January 27, 8:05 p.m. (EST)
Where is it played? Olympic Metropolitano
What TV channel is it on? Sportsnet 360 (Canada)/Paramount+, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA)
Direct: OneSoccer

Alberth Elis is Honduras' most dangerous offensive weapon.

Alberth Elis is Honduras’ most dangerous offensive weapon. / Maria Lysaker – USA TODAY Sports

Hernan Dario Gomez has chosen a very different roster to that which lost to Costa Rica and Panama in November, with Boniek Garcia left out and Denil Maldonado, Diego Rodriguez and Juan Delgado among the new faces.

CF Montreal striker Romell Quioto will be important up front, but a huge performance is needed from Alberth Elis, who has eight goals to his name in 14 Ligue 1 appearances for Bordeaux this season.

Alphonso Davies is out of action for Canada.

Alphonso Davies is out of action for Canada. / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Alphonso Davies is by far Canada’s biggest absence, but he’s not the only big name missing from the roster, with midfielder Stephan Eustaquio having tested positive for Covid-19.

Even so, Herdman still has plenty of firepower at his disposal in the likes of Jonathan David, Cyle Larin and Tajon Buchanan.

Despite Canada’s recent rise, they have failed to win against Honduras in their last three attempts – having done so only once in the last six encounters. They even lost 8-1 to Thursday’s opponent in 2012.

The 1-1 draw between these two teams in September counts as one of three points for Honduras so far, and is one of four draws for Canada.

The away games of any Concacaf game are tough, especially in World Cup qualifying.

Even though this is a game between the top and the bottom of the group, Herdman will know that nothing will be easy for his team. Honduras will be defensive and aggressive. Can the Canucks open them without the drive of Alphonso Davies?

It’s a tough job, but Jonathan David and Co should pretty much get the job done.

Prediction: Honduras 1-2 Canada


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