Honduras v Chile World Cup 2010
June 16, 2010 - Kick off 12.30 GMT
While everyone is talking about Diego Maradona and Argentina, we should note that Chile finished five points ahead of their south American rivals in qualifying. Indeed, La Roja won more games than Brazil on their way to the World Cup finals, with manager Marcelo Bielsa playing a vibrant attacking formation which saw them score four goals home and away against Colombia. It appears that Humberto Suazo is going to be fit for this opening match and the Zaragoza forward managed ten goals in eighteen qualifying games to suggest he‘ll take some stopping in South Africa.
Honduras are massively fortunate to be featuring at the World Cup finals and there‘s a possibility that they might be outclassed at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Manager Reinaldo Rueda has lamented the team‘s lack of quality, with Tottenham‘s Wilson Palacios being one of the few players that can play at Premier League level. They will be missing forward Carlos Costly in the tournament, someone who scored six goals in qualifying and there‘s a distinct lack of international experience within the squad.