Both the French and Swiss got off to solid starts in this year’s World Cup, but the remainder of their tournament could be decided upon how well they play in their second match. France looked dominant in their opening match against Honduras, but it remains to be seen if their 3-0 victory was a result of poor opponents or their own talent. They’ll receive a much stiffer test against a Swiss squad that staged a thrilling comeback victory against Ecuador last week.
These countries remain bitter rivals, and you can bet both squads would love to secure a victory over the other. For the French, much was made of the distractions and injuries in camp prior to the opening of Brazil. Without Samir Nasri, and the injury to Frank Ribery, many pondered as to where France would gain its flair and creativity. It certainly wasn’t lacking in game one against Honduras though, as Les Bleus were dominant on the ball. France created chances at will, and their skill up front looked to be as good as anybody else’s in the tournament thus far. Even though this French squad has left out some of its nation’s biggest stars, it is apparent this team can play with anyone.
The Swiss were seconds away from beginning their tournament on a bit of a downer against Ecuador. They were mediocre in the first half, and looked prepared to settle for a draw until a last-second goal propelled them to victory. While much more was expected from Switzerland, they still found a way to obtain the three points. Both these squads expect to advance to the next stage, and a win here would set them up quite nicely heading into the final group match. Read on below for an official prediction and game thoughts.
France vs. Switzerland Betting Odds:
France (-130) / Draw (+275) / Switzerland (+375)
Over 2.5 (-110) / Under 2.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
France vs. Switzerland Pick:
After all the doubts that existed within the French camp entering this World Cup, they all but subsided last week with their thrashing of Honduras. France was clinical in attack, lethal when on the ball, and ensured they buried an inferior opponent. Expect to see that same hunger and drive today when they take on the Swiss.
In all likelihood, these will be the two sides that advance out of this group. However, coming first is far better than second as it sets up a much easier knockout stage match. France looks poised for a deep run in Brazil, and you can bet they’re thinking far in advance.
Expect this match to get congested in the middle of the pitch. Both squads will try and load the midfield with their heralded ball-winners, and as a result width will be vital to generating scoring chances. And for all of Switzerland’s youth, that generation isn’t quite ready to take on the stars that the French possess. Look for French fullbacks Patrice Evra and Mathieu Debuchy to continue pushing up along the flanks, swinging in dangerous crosses from either side. Valbuena and Griezmann were a formidable pairing against Honduras, and their trickery from the outside will be counted upon once again.
France enter this match currently in excellent form, winners of eight of their past ten matches. For a team that attacks so regularly, they’ve still managed nine clean sheets from their past twelve games. This is a dominant squad that should be able to routinely dispose of the Swiss. Their talent along the flanks, combined with the dominance of Karim Benzema, should allow Les Bleus to put at least two behind Switzerland. While the Swiss remain a talented team, it’s a young group that aren’t quite ready for this type of challenge just yet. Expect France to be overwhelming in attack, en route to a comfortable victory in Brazil.
PICK = France (-130)