European rivals France and Switzerland will meet for the second time in three World Cups when they face off at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador at 5am (AEST) tomorrow morning.
Switzerland and France played out a dull scoreless draw when they met in the pool stages of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but based on both sides opening performances at the 2014 World Cup this game should be far more exciting.
The winner of this clash will be in the box seat to qualify for the second round of the 2014 World Cup and there are plenty of betting markets available with Ladbrokes Australia that represent good value.
How They Will Play
France were dominant from the outset against a disappointing Honduras side and it is hard to get a gauge on just how good this side is off that performance. The most pleasing aspect of France’s victory was the impressive effort from Karim Benzema, who was unlucky not to be credited with a hat trick, and he will once again operate as the centre forward for his side.
Paul Pogba and Yohan Cabaye controlled the midfield for France against Honduras, but were quickly frustrated by the negative tactics of their rivals and both received bookings for lashing out in anger. Both players are key to the formation of the French side and they need to remain discipline, as France will need them not just against Switzerland, but in their final pool game against Ecuador.
France defense of Patrice Evra, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane and Mathieu Debuchy played well against Honduras and never looked like conceding, but will be tested by the potentially dangerous Swiss attack. Switzerland look dangerous when they were able to get behind the defensive line of Ecuador and put in a cross and Debuchy and Varane need to make sure that they are not caught out when pushing forward.
Key Player – Karim Benzema
In the absence of Franck Ribery, France will be relying on Benzema to score the bulk of their goals and the Real Madrid striker will need to take his opportunities against a stingy Swiss defense to give his side a chance of claiming the three points.
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How They Will Play
Switzerland are expected to maintain the 4-2-3-1 formation that they used in their opening game against Ecuador, but manager Ottmar Hitzfeld is expected to make a few personal changes for the game against France. Haris Seferovic was the hero for Switzerland, with his injury time goal, and he is expected to be given the start up front in place of Josip Drmic.
Xherdan Shaqiri was excellent for Switzerland in their opening 2014 World Cup clash and he will sit in behind Seferovic in the number ten role, while Valentin Stocker and Granit Xhaka are set to start on the wings. The Swiss are very well-organised across the park and are capable of holding possession for lengthy periods against France, but it is Shaqiri who will give them the x-factor that they will require to come away with the three points.
Gokhan Inler was another player that impressed against Ecuador and he will be kept busy in his holding midfield role, while Stephan Lichsteiner, Johan Djourou, Steve von Bergen and Ricardo Rodriquez will retain their positions in the back four. The back four will need to improve on their performance against Ecuador and shutting down Benzema will be key to their chances.
Key Player – Xherdan Shaqiri
This Swiss side is more than capable of scoring goals and it is Shaqiri that is their most dangerous attacking weapon. The 22-year-old will be closely marked by the French defense and that could give his teammates to find space in behind the France’s line.
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The last three games between France and Switzerland have ended in draws and both teams walking away with one point looks the most likely option in this clash. While Switzerland are not the defense-orientated team that they were in the 2006 World Cup, they are still very well organised and will not give France the space that they had against Honduras.
Even if France are able to claim an early goal, Switzerland now have the talent in their side to chase the game and come away with a result. A drew will leave both teams in a good position to get out of this Group and neither will be putting everything on the line if the scores are deadlocked towards the end of the game.
France vs Switzerland World Cup Betting Plays
France are clear favourites to win this game in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, but the $1.80 odds on offer simply don’t represent good value. The $4.50 available for Switzerland is worth a look, but it is the $3.40 odds for the draw that is the best betting play for this match.
The $2 on offer for a double chance bet on either a Switzerland victory or a draw is also sensational value, while a 1-1 draw at odds of $7 is a good option in correct scoring betting markets.
World Cup Betting Promotions
France vs Switzerland is the most exciting match at the 2014 World Cup tomorrow and leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au are offering their special headline offers for this market. Punters expecting a French win can take advantage of the $2.70 on offer for Karim Benzema to score at any time and France to win, while $9 is available for Josip Drmic to score at any time and Switzerland to win.