World Cup 2010 Group H Preview: Switzerland v Honduras
Switzerland must win by two clear goals, or rely on Chile taking at least a point against Spain, if they are to progress to the knockout phase of World Cup 2010.
Bookmakers Betinternet, Ladbrokes and Stan James are offering odds of 6/1 for the Swiss to beat Honduras 2-0 in their Group H clash in the Free State Stadium tomorrow night.
Ottmar Hitzfeld’s team made a dream start to their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Spain. They were brought back down to earth on Monday as Chile ended their record-breaking World Cup run without conceding a goal, with a 1-0 defeat.
The Swiss will fancy their chances of beating Honduras who have yet to earn a point or score a goal, but they will be aware of the need to improve on their own goal scoring record.
Alexander Frei, with 40 international goals to his credit, is most the most likely Swiss goal scorer and Victor Chandler offer betting odds of 8/5 for him to score at anytime during the game.
Were Chile to win then a draw for the Swiss would be enough to see them through. A draw for Chile would mean any victory against Honduras would see Switzerland through.
Bookmakers Paddy Power are offering the best odds of 8/15 for Switzerland to qualify
Injured, Philippe Senderos will once again be missing for the Swiss and Valon Behrami misses the game through suspension.
Honduras need a comprehensive win coupled with victory for Chile over Spain, to see them secure passage into the last 16.
Coach Reinaldo Rueda is expected to switch to 4-4-2 as he sends his team out in search of goals. This could mean Carlos Pavon partnering David Suazo in attack.