'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre has decided against a two-striker formation, which is probably good, given that it hasn't worked under his reign. Giovani dos Santos returns to the lineup and will sit underneath Javier Hernandez. Despite his recent poor play and the middle finger he gave to the camera after February's draw against Jamaica, 'Maza' Rodriguez starts at central defense.
Honduras doesn't exactly look scared of El Tri, based on their lineup. They're playing an attacking team, apparently with Roger Espinoza in the center. He's solid defensively and had a monster of a game against the United States, but is primarily an attacking midfielder. He'll have to do quite a bit of defensive work on Friday night.
Mexico lineup (4-2-3-1): 'Memo' Guillermo Ochoa; Jorge Torres Nilo, Hector Moreno, 'Maza' Francisco Rodriguez, Severo Meza; Carlos Salcido, Jesus Zavala; Andres Guardado, Giovano dos Santos, Javier Aquino; Javier Hernandez
Honduras lineup (4-4-2): Noel Valladares; Emilio Izaguirre, Victor Bernardez, Maynor Figueroa, Arnold Peralta; Mario Martinez, Roger Espinoza, Luis Garrido, Boniek Garcia; Carlo Costly, Jerry Bengtson