Wednesday's WCup lookahead capsules

Capsules for Wednesday's matches at the World Cup (FIFA rankings in parentheses):


Honduras (38) vs. Chile (18), 7:30 a.m.
Group H

Chile finished one point behind Brazil in South American qualifiers, while Honduras sneaked into the tournament in the final minutes of CONCACAF qualifying.

Honduras: Several starters play in England, including defenders Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Thomas at Wigan, and midfielder Wilson Palacios at Tottenham.

Chile: Humberto Suazo was the top scorer in South American qualifiers with 10 goals.

Notable Fact: Each team has an injured striker named Suazo. Chile's Humberto injured his right thigh two weeks ago. He's expected to play. Honduras' David also has a right thigh injury and could be inactive.


Spain (2) vs. Switzerland (24), 10 a.m.
Group H

Spain has lost just once in the last 49 games, 2-0 to the United States at the Confederations Cup in South Africa last year.

Spain: The European champions are loaded everywhere, with stars Fernando Torres, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas the leaders. They won all 10 qualifying games.

Switzerland: Since going out in the first round of Euros two years ago as a co-host, the Swiss won their qualifying group. Striker Alex Frei has battled several injuries.

Notable Fact: Spain's victory at the 2008 Euros was its first major title since 1964 Euros. It has not gotten beyond the quarterfinals in a World Cup since 1950.


South Africa (83) vs. Uruguay (16), 2:30 p.m.
Group A

The hosts drew 1-1 with Mexico in the World Cup opener, while Uruguay had a 0-0 draw with France.

South Africa: Bafana Bafana can't get too stoked from the tie with Mexico as it tries to avoid being the only host country not to advance in a World Cup.

Uruguay: Midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro received two yellow cards against France and will be suspended for the match. Potent striker Diego Forlan must find some room to operate.

Notable Fact: Uruguay won the titles in 1930 and 1950, but has been an also-ran in World Cups since.