Switzerland v Honduras preview
Group H reaches a conclusion with everything still to play for
Last Updated: June 24, 2010 12:42pm
Hitzfeld: All to play for
Switzerland will be hoping to gatecrash the last 16 of the World Cup when they tackle Honduras.
The Swiss made a dream start to their Group H endeavours, with a 1-0 victory over European champions Spain sending shockwaves through the tournament.
All of a sudden Ottmar Hitzfeld's side were being tipped for big things, with a well-organised side expected to make positive inroads in the South Africa showpiece.
However, they were brought crashing back down to earth on Monday as Chile ended their record-breaking World Cup run without conceding a goal and condemned them to a 1-0 defeat.
Switzerland now find themselves third in the group, with Chile and Spain having edged ahead of them.
Their place in the second round is now under threat, with favours required from elsewhere if they are to progress.
They will fancy their chances of seeing off a Honduras side that is yet to earn a point or score a goal, but they will be aware of the need to find the target as often as possible.
Chile and Spain are set to go head-to-head in Friday's other Group H encounter and it is the result of that contest which could decide Switzerland's fate.
Were Chile to win, then a draw for the Swiss would be enough to see them through.
A Spanish success would see the standings decided by goal difference, provided Switzerland win, while a draw would allow Hitzfeld's side to pip Spain with victory against Honduras.
Philippe Senderos will once again be missing for the Swiss, as he continues to nurse an ankle injury.
Should they progress, the Fulham new-boy should be back in contention in time for the second round.
Valon Behrami will also be unavailable to Hitzfeld as he must serve a suspension following his hotly-disputed red card against Chile.
Honduras could opt to shuffle their pack in their final fixture, as they are almost certain to be on the first plane home.
Only a comprehensive victory, coupled with victory for Chile over Spain, would be enough to see them secure a shock passage into the last 16.
With that in mind, coach Reinaldo Rueda could decide to mix things up, with performances so far doing little to inspire confidence.
One decision he could take might be to play all three Palacios brothers (Wilson, Johnny and Jerry) in the same match, re-writing the World Cup history books in the process.