Honduras vs Switzerland: World Cup 2014 match preview
A look ahead to Switzerland’s effort to join France in the next round
Tuesday 24 June 2014
Switzerland’s demise last week from France has found the team in a rather precarious position as they need to beat Honduras at all costs and hope that Ecuador do not beat the possibly indifferent group leaders.
Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side will have to make sure that all wounds caused from the France defeat are now healed as Honduras will be coming into this match with quite some interest as they as well are not yet officially out of the World Cup. La Nati will be missing the services of centre-back Steve von Bergen who broke a cheekbone against Les Tricolores and as a result has been ruled out of the rest of the competition.
Honduras are hoping for a miracle to go through which would occur if Ecuador lost to France and the Hondurans beat Switzerland by scoring a substantial number of goals.. It is all hands on deck for manager Luis Fernando Suarez that will be counting a lot on his two strikers Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengtson who showed some better signs last week as the duo’s performance led to the team’s first World Cup goal since 1982.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 9pm
Switzerland 0 Honduras 0, World Cup, June 2010
Last week, Honduras striker Carlo Costly scored his nation’s first World Cup goal after five games.
La H have never picked up a win at the World Cup and now count five losses in eight matches.
Switzerland have scored 10 of their last 12 World Cup goals during second half.
Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez produced nine assists at Wolfsburg this past season, which is more than any other defender at the Bundesliga.
Honduras to win: 8.1
Switzerland to win: 4.9
TV: Live on BBC Three at 9pm
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