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It's no surprise but Honduran midfielder, Bryan Acosta, has told reporters that the plan is for the team to have a sufficient advantage after the home leg against Australia on Saturday morning Australian time, to make the away leg competitive. 

Acosta, who plays for Second Division Spanish side Tenerife said that the "match means a lot" to all in the team as they try to make their third successive World Cup tournament while Australia aims for its fourth successive finals appearance. 

The 30-time capped Acosta has appeared in five matches for the Catrachos so far in qualification, and says they hope to deal with Australia as easily as Mexico dealt with New Zealand in the intercontinental play-off four years ago. 

What is Honduras' home form like?

Since the penultimate round for CONCACAF, that began in November 2015, Honduras has played 16 matches and won five, four of them at home. They have also drawn or lost four matches at home in the same period. The only away match they won was a 1-2 result against group cellar-dwellers, Trinidad and Tobago, who won only two matches.

By contrast, in Australia's last 12 World Cup qualifying matches, they have had five wins and one draw at home, and one win, four draws and only one loss away against group winners, Japan.

When it comes to goals, Australia is in front also. 

Honduras finished their penultimate stage in second place on eight points, while group winners Mexico finished with 16 points. In the final group stage, they missed out on direct qualification due to an inferior goal difference compared with Panama, -6 rather than -1. 

In the final two stages (16 games), Honduras scored 19 goals with 25 against.  14 of the goals scored were scored in the eight games at home, while seven teams scored against them at home: Panama, Trinidad, Costa Rica, USA, Mexico (in both games), El Salvardor and Canada. 

Australia missed out from direct qualification on goal difference with a +5 goal difference compared with equal second place, Saudi Arabia, on +7 goal difference. Australia scored 13 goals at home in six games, and seven goals in six games away from home. 

 

Honduras

16 games

Australia

12 games

Home WIN45
Home DRAW21
Home LOSS20
Away WIN11
Away DRAW44
Away LOSS31
Goal Difference -6+4

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