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Honduras v Ecuador: Valencia to ensure La Tri scoop points

| 19.06.2014

Group E’s lesser-fancied folk have their best chance to put three potentially skin-saving points on the board, and on the evidence we’ve seen so far, Ecuador are far better equipped than Honduras to achieve this.

Opening defeats to Switzerland and France have left Ecuador and Honduras teetering. Here are three best bets to consider for this crucial encounter:

Enner Valencia to score first @ 9/2

What the Ecuadorians have that in their armoury that the Hondurans clearly lack is a reliable source of goals.

Definitely the lesser known ‘Valencia’ to English punters, striker Enner Valencia – not their skipper and Manchester United winger Antonio – has been banging them in since breaking into La Tri’s set up.

His opening goal against the Swiss in the Estadio Nacional was Valencia’s fifth goal in his last six internationals from only 11 caps andthe Pachucha front man should be backed with glee.

Ecuador to win @ 8/13

As witnessed against England in the pre-World Cup friendly, and then once again during their 3-0 defeat to France in this group, Los Catrachos are far more adept at kicking lumps out of the opposition than scoring goals.

The 9/2 outsiders have only recorded a single win in eight internationals, losing three of the last four.

Ecuador may have been a little short on victories themselves but recent friendly draws against football royalty Argentina, Holland and England showed they’re a talented side.

Over 2.5 total goals @ 4/5

These sides actually played out an entertaining 2-2 draw back in November giving clues this could be another open contest.

Ecuador haven’t been kept at bay in their last seven games, though they’ve not escaped with a clean sheet in that time either.

This bet would have landed in six of La Tri’s seven internationals.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.