World Cup Previews Day 6
Honduras v Chile
A battle between two youngish up and coming teams with Chile expected to give Switzerland a run for their money as second qualifier in Group H (behind Spain).
The two sides play a contrasting style with Honduras close checking and physical against Chile’s attacking flair.
While Chile will look to get some free flow play happening and pepper the goals, Honduras’ best chance looks to be set pieces where they can exploit Chile’s frailty at the back.
Honduras do have rugged Spurs midfielder Wilson Palacios in their ranks and his duel with skilful Sporting midfielder Fernandez is likely to be pivotal to the outcome.
We’re going Chile 2-1 @ $8.50
Spain v Switzerland
Spain has been backed into $4.25 to win the 2010 World Cup and will start the final round One match as a pronounced favourite to beat Switzerland.
Spain have been chronic under achievers in World Cup football and those who have been burnt before may be tempted to stay away from the short odds.
The Swiss should not be underestimated. Though they struggled to qualify this time around they did not concede a goal in 2006 only bowing out in a penalty shoot out. They are tight and well organised at the back and do have some good attacking options. The $13 quoted is enormous if the under achieving Spain turns up although probably fair if the side full of flair and adventure takes the park.
It is hard though to tip against a side that contains names such as Torres, Fabregas, Villa and Xavi and we’re going Spain 2-0 @ $5.50
South Africa v Uruguay
South Africa $3.00
We finally get some exposed form although in this match it makes little difference with this looking one of the toughest to tip so far.
With all teams in this group locked on one point, the side that can snatch victory here will all but guarantee themselves a spot in the second round.
While South Africa will have a twelfth man on the pitch, in the form of their fanatical home fans, Uruguay are less likely to let a suspect defence off the hook than Mexico did.
Two players hold the key to this game, South Africa’s Steven Pienaar, who disappointed in Game 1 and Uruguay’s prolific striker Diego Forlan.
Uruguay did well to hold France to a draw with ten men and we’re tipping them to win 2-1. However, take them winning by 1 goal @ $4.50.123 views