Honduras vs Switzerland – Hard getting to a goal in the middle of Amazonia

World Cup 2014
Group E
Tuesday, June 25, 2014 at 21:00 GMT (16:00 Local time)
Arena Amazônia, Manaus

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Honduras suffered two defeats in the first two games – a 3-0 against France, and then a 2-1 against Ecuador in the second round. Thus, this team has lost any chance to qualify for the World Cup eighth finals. On the other hand, despite convincing defeat against France (2-5), thanks to the victory against Ecuador (2-1), Switzerland could achieve placement in the knockout phase of the World Cup if they beat Honduras and France to do the same in the match against Ecuador.

Honduras has showed little in the first two rounds of the group stage of the competition, scoring one and conceding five goals. Of course, they did not have much chances against France (0-3), especially after sending off Palacios in the final minutes of the first half, and scoring one own goal (goalkeeper Valladares) in the second half. However, they showed the greatest weakness in the match against Ecuador, when they did not use a bad day of their opponent, although they had a larger number of shots on goal (9-5) and a 1-0 lead, which they held only three minutes. They go home after this game, so they will try to improve the impression from the first two games, winning at least one point, which would be nearly impossible.

Probable line-up of Honduras (4-4-2): Valladares – Beckeles, Bernardez, Figueroa, Izaguirre – Garrido, W. Palacios, Espinoza, O. Garcia – Bengtson, Costly

Switzerland has experienced a debacle against France, 2-5, which was somewhat unexpected result. However, thanks to a little lucky win against Ecuador in the first round (2-1), the Swiss have a good chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup. To achieve this they need to be more forceful in attack, because a goal difference could decide about the second place in some circumstances. Therefore, I expect a very offensive team of the Swiss from the first minute, which would be completely different than what we saw in the first two games. At the same time, they must save their own net, which should not be a problem for a great defense of Switzerland against barren forwards of Honduras.

Also See: Ecuador vs France – Battle that produces goals in the 2nd half

Probable line-up of Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Benaglio – Lichtsteiner, Djourou, Schar, Rodriguez – Dzemaili, Inler – Shaqiri, G. Xhaka, Mehmedi – Drmic

Honduras vs Switzerland Match Prediction

Switzerland is a much better team than Honduras, and regardless of five goals received against France, they have a very solid defense, so I believe they will save their net. At the same time, Switzerland will score at least two goals. Both to Score Goal – No. Switzerland Over 1.5 Goals. Switzerland -1.5 AH. Switzerland Win to Nill.

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