Are neutral Swiss up for the fight?
The bad boys of the 2014 World Cup face the seeded Swiss, who will be looking to bounce back from their 5-2 capitulation to Group E leaders France.
Either side can still qualify for the knockout stages, although both are relying on the French not losing to Ecuador – while even a draw in the other Group E clash would see Honduras bow out regardless of the result here.
To say Honduras are a physical side is something of an under-statement for anyone who witnessed their shameful performance against France in their first outing. They boast, if that’s the correct word, the worst disciplinary record at the World Cup with their tally of six yellow cards and one red matched only by the Greeks.
Captain and Stoke City midfield enforcer Wilson Palacios returns after suspension so expect Switzerland’s mettle to be tested early on.
The Swiss started their campaign with a win, after a late fightback against Ecuador. However that comeback victory seemed to do little for their confidence as Ottmar Hitzfeld’s were badly exposed against France.
They weren’t helped by an early injury to centre back Steve von Bergen, with Philippe Senderos likely to take his place here having come on during the first-half against France.
It’s hard to know which Swiss team will turn up. At the 2010 World Cup they defeated Spain in their opening game before failing to progress beyond the group stage, drawing 0-0 in their final match with… Honduras.
However, Hitzfeld’s side had only suffered one defeat in 19 before losing to France. It’s hard to see that becoming three in 21.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri have shown glimpses of their talent and Switzerland’s two late goals the last day should boost their morale heading into this one.
The Swiss need to win and improve their goal difference if they are to guarantee a place in the next round and, while the stifling conditions in Manaus may suit the Central Americans, the team ranked sixth in the world (according to FIFA rankings) should have enough to prevail.
Switzerland have scored four of their goals to date in the second half so HT/FT Draw/Switzerland looks a decent punt at 29/10.
The match kicks off at 9pm UK time on Wednesday, June 25th in Arena Amazonia, Manaus.