by Michael Cree
All bets are on Spain to win this year’s World Cup, with Switzerland, Honduras, and Chile jockeying for second place within the final group of the draw. Michael Cree predicts where the chips will fall. For more coverage of the World Cup, go to BBC.com/sport.
Spain, Switzerland, Honduras and Chile
European Champion Spain is the bookmakers’ favorite to win World Cup 2010. It’s hard to argue against them. From front to back, they have the best team in world soccer. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is predatory. Give him an inch, and he’ll score. Partner David Villa is equally as prolific. Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Raul Albiol, Xabi Alonso, Carlos Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, and possible Arsenal-to-Barcelona transfer Cesc Fabregas are an illustrious supporting cast. They are simply excellent.
Switzerland, Honduras, and Chile are all fighting for second place. Of the three, Switzerland could have the best chance. Alexander Frei is a decent striker and could pose a threat. Honduras has an excellent work ethic and athletic, powerful players like Tottenham Hotspur’s Wilson Palacios. Chile qualified from the tough South American qualifying pool and will not lie down against anyone, the Spanish included.