Brazil go into this quarter-final match on the back of three straight wins in group stage, but that doesn’t mean Mano Menezes’ side can take this game lightly.
Having gone through a very difficult group unbeaten and with nothing to lose now, Honduras could prove pretty tough opponents.
Chasing the elusive Olympic gold, Brazil arrived to the 2012 Summer Games very motivated to win the only major title that was still missing and they have done well to come closer to that objective.
Even if Seleccao were handed a pretty easy group, they still managed to win all three games by scoring nine goals in the process, and with Spain out of the way, no wonder they are 1.57 (4/7) favourites with Ladbrokes to lift the title.
Online bookmakers seem to think Mano Menezes’ side will record an easy win against Honduras, given that Ladbrokes pays 1.20 (1/5) on home win, and that is the highest price on the market.
After being rested against New Zealand, Oscar, Romulo and Hulk return to the side, but Alex Sandro is suspended having picked up a red card. Paulo Henrique Ganso is an injury doubt, but he is not normally considered a first team regular.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Neto – Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo – Romulo, Sandro, Oscar – Hulk, Damiao, Neymar.
Making their third showing at the Summer Olympics, Honduras were seen as major underdogs in the group with Spain, Japan and Morocco.
Nevertheless, Luis Suarez’s side proved the doubters wrong by beating mighty Spain and sharing spoils with Morocco and Japan, which proved more than enough for a place in the quarter-finals.
La Bicolor now face an uphill task given they are pitted against tournament favourites Brazil, but they are not ready to surrender just yet.
Even if this is clearly a long shot, you should know Honduras are 10.00 (9/1) with William Hill to make it to the semis.
Striker Anthony Lozano is likely to be dropped as boss Luis Suarez is set to revert to more defensive formation, while Luis Garrido will play on the wing.
Probable starting line-up (4-5-1): Mendoza – Velasquez, Leveron, Crisanto, Figueroa – Garrido, Martinez, Meija, Najar, Peralta – Bengtson.