French nation team will take on Switzerland for their 2nd group game in “Group E” and the winner of this match most definately going to the knockout stages as both teams won their opening matches. The game will be the 2nd kickoff of the day on friday starting at 16:00 Local (19:00 GMT)
This game is much more competitive on paper that it really looks, the casual football fans won’t rate Switzerland against France but this swiss side has such a good record in the last couple of years. They went unbeaten in their qualifying for world cup and they rely on their water tight defence. France played superbly against Honduras the other day but Switzerland will provide much a difficult task. France Team News:
Didier Deschamps is likely to go with the unchanged lineup against Switzerland. Benzema will keep his placed after his great performance while Olivier Giroud will be benched. Switzerland Team News:
Fabian Schar is expected to replay Johann Djourou who was at fault for Ecuador’s only goal while it is remain to be see whether the two super subs Admir Mehmedi and Haris Seferovic will be given a start to their rols will be restriced to as impact players. Possible Starting Lineups – France vs Switzerland
http://sportttts.blogspot.com/2014/0...itzerland.html Match Statistics & Predictions:
A real tough game for France and there is draw written all over it. Switzerland has a compact effiecent defence and they have quality players with pace going forward. France did a great job against Honduras but they were down to 10 men most the match.
The only meeting in the world cup between these two sides came in 2006 world cup which ended in a 0-0 draw, while last 5 matches between the two sides produced 3 draws and 2 wins for France and the last three games has been draws only producing 2 goals. Benzema looked sharpe and took his goals really well, his brace against Honduras is the first by a french player since 1998 final when Zidan scored twice. Benzema has scored 8 goals in his last 7 starts for France.
This world cup has the premier league tone to it, any team can beat anyone which makes it harder to predict the results. Having said that I am sitting on the fence with this one with a 1-1 draw and I expect both teams to get through this group unbeaten.