Honduras' players celebrate after scoring against Cuba during their World Cup 2014 qualifying soccer match in Havana September 7, 2012. Honduras won 3-0.
(Photo : REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa (CUBA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
The CONCACAF resumes play on Tuesday in the first of the final three matches of the group stage. Here are the standings thus far:
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Guatemala vs. Antigua and Barbuda 7 PM
Antigua can start kissing their hopes of a World Cup berth goodbye after failing to win a match thus far. With just one point, a loss couple with a US win would essentially eliminate their from contention as the other three squads would all have seven points. Guatemala however is probably excited that they get a chance to put themselves into a tie for first place with a win over Antigua. This is the pivotal match of the day as it could really upset the balance of Group A and hurt Jamaica or the US greatly.
Prediction: Antigua will manage a 1-1 draw in this one.
El Salvador vs. Guyana 8 PM
The Salvadorians blew a prime opportunity to put themselves into second place in Group B when they tied Guyana. They get a second chance Tuesday as Costa Rica has to take on Mexico one again. Guyana can also see this as a chance to revitalize their World Cup dreams as a loss would all but force them to win out the final two matches against Costa Rica and Mexico.
Prediction: Another draw for these two clubs. 2-2.
Canada vs. Panama 9:05 PM
Canada took first place in Group C with a clutch win over Panama, but they need another to maintain that spot. A draw is okay, but with a pending match against Honduras, anything but a win is not recommended for them. The same goes for Panama who lost first place with a loss to Canada on Friday. This is the more exciting of the two Group C matches.
Prediction: Panama takes first place back with a 2-1 win.
Cuba vs. Honduras 9:30 PM
Cuba's window is slowly closing. A loss eliminates them. But there is probably nothing to expect here except a loss. The Cubans have yet to score a goal in qualifying and are facing an Honduran squad that destroyed them 3-0 Friday. With a win, Honduras is back in the fray and with a chance at first place.
Prediction: Honduras destroys Cuba 4-0 this time around.