Drawn together in Group 2 of the penultimate stage of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, neither Mexico, Honduras or Jamaica are mathematically assured of a place in the final 'hexagonal' phase from which three teams will eventually qualify for the African showpiece. With the three hopeful nations set to compete on Wednesday for two available berths in the next phase, FIFA.com brings you the lowdown on this decisive matchday.
The current state of affairs in Group 2 of the third qualifying stage in the North, Central America and Caribbean Zone is the following. Mexico top the table on ten points and have a goal difference of +4; Honduras are second on nine points and +3; and Jamaica are third on seven points and -3. Honduras are set to host Mexico in San Pedro Sula, while Jamaica welcome Canada to Kingston. Both matches are due to kick off at 01:00 GMT.
So, what does each team need to do in order to guarantee their involvement in the final round, without having to resort to feverish calculations?
• A win or a draw would see the Mexicans safely through.
• If Mexico were to lose, they must hope their defeat combined with Jamaica's victory does not enable the Reggae Boyz to recoup their inferior goal difference - currently -3 to El Tri's +4. The Mexicans would need to lose 1-0 combined with a 7-0 Jamaican win to miss out, or 2-0 and 6-0, 3-0 and 5-0 etc.
• A win would seal Honduras' passage.
• If they draw, they must hope Jamaica do not win by a seven-goal margin.
• If they lose to El Tri, they need Canada to avoid defeat in Kingston.
• A win by a seven-goal margin would take John Barnes' charges through to the final round.
• In case of a win by fewer than seven goals, Jamaica need a Mexican victory in Honduras to qualify. Either that or a Mexican defeat big enough to overturn Jamaica's inferior goal difference, as previously explained in the Mexico section.
• A draw or a defeat against Canada would send Jamaica out.
The stage is therefore set and the performance about to begin. With the possible scenarios outlined above, all that remains is to sit back and enjoy another exciting slice of action on the trail to South Africa 2010.
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