2014 FIFA World Cup: Honduras vs Switzerland Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/25/14
Honduras (0-2) vs. Switzerland (1-1)
World Cup: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Switzerland -225 See the Latest Odds
Switzerland looks to shake off their ugly loss to the French last week as they take on Honduras on Wednesday in an attempt to advance to the round of 16.
The Swiss were considered overrated by a number of people heading into this tournament as their World ranking didn’t really reflect the talent level of this side and that was no more evident than in their second group match against France in which they were blasted by a 5-2 final. The three goal margin doesn’t do the game justice as both Swiss were goals were within the final 10 minutes of the game when it was well out of reach and with French substitutes on the field so really the 5-0 score line was a better indication of how that game went for them. However, the Swiss are still considered to the favourites to advance to the round of 16 as group runners up behind France and with a win here against Honduras and a favourable matchup in the Ecuador-France contest would send the European side through. Switzerland can move on with a draw and an Ecuador loss or a win and an Ecuador loss or draw but before they worry about what is happening in the other match they need to stay focused here on a Honduras squad playing with nothing to lose.
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Honduras entered this tournament as one of the weaker sides in the field as the fourth seed coming out of CONCACAF and while the rest of the region has played incredibly well it is clear that Honduras are still a class below the rest. Honduras can play spoiler for a Swiss side coming off a drubbing and with nothing left to play for except pride you can bet that the blue and white will be playing extra loose and with a sense of motivation as they would like to earn at least a point for their World Cup efforts. Switzerland have been very average through their first two games as they needed a last minute rally to earn three against Ecuador and as mentioned were waxed by France but it is hard to believe that they will exit this tournament without a fighting chance and I think we see a response from them in this game, keeping their chances alive.