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Nic Ladds 24th Jun 2010 - 14:39

Switzerland praying on Spain to make it through

If Switzerland can beat Honduras in this match and Spain do them a favour by beating Chile, qualification is a real possibility for the Swiss.

Chile currently sit top of Group H with six points but as Spain and Switzerland sit on three points each, it is the Spanish and Swiss that will leapfrog in to the top two spots if they can both seal victories.

Switzerland (4/9) shocked the world in their opening match as they beat tournament favourites Spain 1-0 but they were on the wrong end of the same result as they lost to Chile in their second match.

Honduras (13/2) have, as expected, lost both of their matches so far and as one of the massive outsiders from the start, it is hard to see them going home with a single point going in to this final group match of the World Cup.

As Switzerland need nothing less than three points going in to this match I predict they will be fully focused on getting the win which they should be able to do at a canter over a weak Honduras side.

The Swiss got through against Spain with a combination of solid defending mixed with a dash of luck. They showed how well they can defend under pressure again when they were down to 10 men against Chile.

If they can find a goal from somewhere, their only goal so far coming from midfielder Gelson Fernandes, and defend as well as they have against a pretty impotent Honduran attack, they could easily win this match and put themselves in a great position to make it to the next stage.

Goals has been the problem for Switzerland though, they haven't scored more than one in their last seven internationals. I will therefore be covering my bet on Switzerland by backing the 0-0 draw at an impressive looking 9/1.

I think the threat from Honduras is pretty minimal, with just one shot on target in their first two matches I don't think we will be seeing much from them. Switzerland to keep a clean sheet has to be a decent shout at 7/10 based on the facts.

The Swiss will be without West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami who was sent off in the match against Chile.  Tranquillo Barnetta should start out on the wing and he has looked lively in his appearances so far, the 4/1 looks good on him bagging one anytime.

Switzerland fans will also be hoping their main striker Alexander Frei to add to his 40 international goals and open his account in South Africa. He certainly has an eye for goal and if his side attack from the off, he will be right among the chances and 11/2 to score first.

The Swiss are by no means a brilliant side and Chile and Spain would perform better in the next phase but if results go their way and they can nick a 1-0 win (5/1) they are in with a real chance.



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