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Ecuador v France: 3 best bets include guaranteed goals

| 25.06.2014

Anything other than a 6-0 defeat will see France top Group E but while that result is highly unlikely World Cup fans can expect a glut of goals as Les Bleus line up against Ecuador.

France are 5/6 favourites to win their final group game, while Ecuador can break Swiss hearts with a surprise victory at 7/2 and the draw is priced at 13/5.

However, these are just three options from almost 100 markets on the game and according to Ladbrokes News’ James Curtis there is better value out there:

Over 2.5 goals @ 4/5

This may be a marginally shorter price than the win but even with France as favourites this is the more likely option.

Didier Deschamps’ men are in fine fettle in front of goal, scoring in 10 of their last 11 fixtures and smashing 16 strikes in their last three games.

Ecuador are no slouches in front goal either, also netting in 10 of their last 11 outings.

Enner Valencia to score – First @ 7/1 or Anytime @ 5/2

If the South Americans are to pull off a shock win then no one is more likely to fire them to glory than Enner Valencia.

Namesake Luis Antonio was expected to be the main attraction as far as Ecuador’s World Cup bid was concerned but it is the younger man – who is no relation to the United player – who is attracting admiring glances from a host of Premier League clubs.

The Pachuca star has hit all three of his country’s goals in the tournament so far, taking his international tally to six from the last seven games.

HT/FT – France/France @ 7/4

Those convinced France will emerge victorious could be swayed by the longer odds on them leading at half-time and full-time.

Deschamps’ men go into the game having won three matches on the bounce after enjoying a lead after 45 minutes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.