Having conceded six goals in their first two games, Al Hain-Cole expects Ottmar Hitzfeld's side to be undone once again by a team celebrating their first World Cup goal in 32 yearsHaving been humbled 5-2 against France last time out, Switzerland head to Manaus on Wednesday hoping to bounce back against Honduras and claim a place in the last 16.
Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men are 4/9 (1.44) favourites with William Hill to secure a precious three points that would probably be enough to see them leapfrog Ecuador and into second place.
Despite losing both of their games so far, Los Catrachos are available at 11/1 (12.00) to keep their slim chances of progression alive with a first ever World Cup win.
The sides shared a 0-0 draw when they met at this tournament four years ago, and you can get odds of 4/1 (5.00) on them cancelling each other out once again.
That stalemate still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of the Swiss team, who would have sealed a place in the knockout with a victory by two goals or more.
Memories of that clash have predictably caused many to draw parallels with the situation going into this game, a comparison that Hitzfeld has roundly rejected by claiming his side now have superior attacking options than in South Africa.
Indeed, it is the defensive side of Schweizer Nati’s game that will really be concerning the former Bayern Munich manager, having now seen his team concede as many goals in two World Cup games as they did in all 10 qualifiers.
Having lost Steve von Bergen to a broken bone in his face that has forced him return home, Hitzfeld now faces some big decisions over who to start at the back considering substitute Philippe Senderos’ unconvincing display in the 5-2 defeat.
This uncertainty will serve to encourage a Honduran side that scored their first World Cup goal in 32 years against Ecuador, and now need to find a few more if they are to have any chance of progressing.
With both teams compelled to attack, odds of 10/11 (1.91) therefore seem like solid value on goals going in at either end in another exciting encounter in Brazil
|Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill|
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