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Honduras vs. Switzerland - World Cup 2014 Preview


Honduras vs. Switzerland
Match Date: 25 June 2014 (local time)
Match Venue: Arena Amazônia (Manaus, Amazonas)


The Honduran side will still be rattled by the absence of suspended Wilson Palacios following his red card in the first game against France. Los Catrachos will have needed every sinew of the burly midfielder to be fully operational if their slim possibilities of going through had any hope of coming to fruition. Carlo Costly’s goal against Ecuador sent a nation into delirium, only for the same old lack of imagination and defensive porosity to take hold. Beckeles looked all at sea against Jefferson Montero of Ecuador and will need to be wary of the threat posed by both Shaqiri and Mehmedi. Najar and Garcia will once again provide the width in midfield while Roger Espinoza holds down the middle of the park. Jerry Bengston and Costly will try ably but I can’t see this side preventing the Swiss from exacting some cosmic revenge against the game of football.


Ottmar Hitzfeld will have the experience to know that some nights are just destined to be against you. The French juggernaut was in explosive form against La Nati, showing their neighbours absolutely no mercy. The truth is: Switzerland were actually rather dangerous on attack. They were just torn apart by an inspired French side. I actually don’t think that they are going to have to change too much to ensure progression into the next round of the competition. The Honduran side are physically tough, as France will testify, but they are hardly the free-flowing entity of Les Bleus. Van Bergen has been sent home after fracturing his eye socket against France, which spells some problematic issues for the Swiss. The former Arsenal pair of Senderos and Djourou were diabolical in moments, lacking both the intelligence and speed to foil any attack. Inler and Behrami will have to continue in midfield while Shaqiri and Mehmedi threatened the French defence enough to warrant inclusion. Given the completely unpredictable nature of this tournament, Switzerland must go for the win in the knowledge that Ecuador have a better goal difference should they both draw. Dzemat may come in for the hero of the first round - Seferovic - as the Swiss aim to bounce back in fine style.

World Cup 2014 Betting tips: Switzerland

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