With each nation in Group E still a mathematical chance of qualifying for the round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, tomorrow morning’s match between Switzerland and Honduras is shaping as one of the most important fixtures in the final round of pool games.
For Honduras, who is offered the least likely chance of qualifying for the second round of the 2014 World Cup from Group E, the task is simple: win and win well. Securing victory against Switzerland would lift the Hondurans to three competition points alongside both Ecuador and the Swiss; however a -4 goal difference would still have to make up the difference.
Switzerland on the other hand are arguably offered the best chance of securing the second qualifying position from Group E, with fellow leading contenders Ecuador needing to pull off victory over France to claim the spot.
Having secured one victory from two matches at the 2014 World Cup, Switzerland are currently offered as clear $1.44 favourites to beat Honduras and allow themselves the best possible chance of progression at leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, while the minnow Central American nation can be taken at generous $8 odds.
While beaten comfortably by France 5-2 in their most recent appearance at the 2014 World Cup, Switzerland secured a memorable late victory over Ecuador in their campaign opener, and have slotted a total of four goals so-far. Yet to open his account at the 2014 World Cup, Xherdan Shaqiri is currently Switzerland’s most prolific goal scorer at international level and offers punters exceptional value to open the scoring tomorrow morning at a quote of $7, or $2.88 to find the net at any point.
Likely to spend a good portion of their time on the back-heel when facing Switzerland, Honduras will look towards their midfield to maintain possession and feed their strikers in what may be rare opportunities. For this reason, long-range specialist Roger Espinosa offers punters great value to break Benagl’s net at any point at a generous quote of $8. Having made a habit of converting from distance for club side Wigan Athletic, Espinosa arguably offers punters the best value for money in betting markets for this match.
Scoring their only goal of the 2014 World Cup in the first half of their clash with Ecuador, Honduras seem to put all of their effort into being competitive before the break and noticeably tire during the second period. Switzerland on the other hand, have scored all four of their 2014 World Cup goals during the second 45 minutes of their two matches, favouring a late charge. For this reason, punters may want to consider Honduras to jump out to and early lead and maintain to half-time, currently offered at exceptional odds of $6.50 to be leading at the break.
Both teams require many goals to give themselves the best possible chance of progressing to the World Cup round of 16. With Switzerland featured as clear favourite to beat Honduras, placing a wager on a high scoring victory may figure as a good betting play. A Swiss victory of 3-2 is definitely worth consideration; currently offered at a generous quote of $26 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
With a lot riding on the result, football fans are in for a treat with tomorrow morning’s World Cup fixture between Switzerland and Honduras, set to kick off at the Arena Amazonia at 6am AEST.
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