Switzerland vs France – Tactical outwitting in the middle field

World Cup 2014
Group E
Friday, June 20, 2014 at 20:00 GMT (16:00 Local time)
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

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Favorites from the Group E started with victories against their rivals in the first round, and their matchup could one of these teams bring in a very precarious position before the last round of the group stage. Switzerland has the easier opponent in the third round but the French have better goal difference, so the final standings in this group will be uncertain until the last minute of the group stage matches.

Switzerland has an excellent generation of young players, who are mostly part of the national team under 17 years of age which is a world champion. Ottmar Hitzfeld is one of the most successful coaches at the World Cup, and the first game showed his skill, since he introduced into game the players who have turned the result. Switzerland managed to score two goals in a game for the first time at a World Cup, which is a huge boost for this young team. However, defense is their strongest weapon, and I believe that the focus of their game will be in the middle field, because a draw is a satisfactory outcome.

Probable line-up of Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Benaglio – Lichtsteiner, Senderos, von Bergen, Rodriguez – Inler, Behrami – Shaqiri, G. Xhaka, Stocker – Drmic

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France has made a convincing victory in the first round, 3-0 against Honduras, which is probably the weakest team in the Group E. It seems that the French team was not as convincing as the results show, but it is good result with bad play is the advantage of strong teams. However, it would be wrong to suggest that France played bad in the first game. Their style of play is such that they hold the middle field, preying a chance for Benzema or Griezmann, who are their most dangerous attackers. The absence of Ribery reduces the power of France, but Valbuena is a player who can make up for his absence greatly. Like Switzerland, France will have the ball in the middle field as well, so this game will be a sort of tactical outwitting away from the goals.

Probable line-up of France (4-2-3-1): Lloris – Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra – Cabaye, Matuidi – Valbuena, Pogba, Griezmann – Benzema

Switzerland vs France Match Prediction

Most of their mutual challenges were uncertain, so I think this game will not be different. At least in the first half. HT Draw.

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