Johannesburg(E): Spain will be trying to set aside their opening match upset against Switzerland and will be aiming for victory against Honduras in their Group H clash at Johannesburg.
La Furia Roja would be hoping to justify their favorites' tag and come out victorious against Honduras. Vicente del Bosque is expected to play an extra striker or attacking mid-fielder in expense of a deep-midfielder when they take on Honduras at Ellis Park.
Meanwhile, Andres Iniesta is reportedly said to be not well and he could miss the clash against Honduras. Iniesta was substituted in the 77th minute in the game against Switzerland after receiving a hard blow in his right leg. He was facing problems in the same leg since May 2009.
Fernando Torres who was brought in late after the second half against Switzerland will be the key man for Spain. He is considered to be one of the best in the business in the penalty area.
Honduras on the other side will be looking to upset the Spanish side. Amado Guevara has urged his players not to fear La Furia Roja and fight for a win saying the Spanish side are not 'invincible'.
Coach Reinaldo Rueda is expecting a hard game from Spain, especially after their loss against Switzerland in the opening match. He is expecting Spain to be more determined and try and bounce back hard against his side. Honduras midfielder Hendry Thomas suffered a muscle strain on Friday but is expected to be available, while coach Reinaldo Rueda will continue to assess the fitness of striker David Suazo who is battling back from a leg injury, according to fifa.com reports.
Ahead of the clash, In their only International meet, host Spain and Honduras drew 1-1 in their opening group match of the 1982 World Cup.
Players to watch out for:
Spain: Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Xavi Hernandez
Honduras: Wilson Palacios, David Suazo(doubtful), Carlos Pavon