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Switzerland v France: Les Bleus’ tight ship to be breached

| 20.06.2014

In a World Cup that hasn’t been short of entertainment thus far, both France and Switzerland can be proud of their contribution to the script.

Substitute Haris Seferovic’s last-kick winner for the Swiss against Ecuador provided arguably the tournament’s most pulse-racing finish yet, while the French can lay claim to scoring the first goal awarded by goal-line technology against Honduras.

Naturally then, hopes are high for a pleasing encounter between Group E’s joint-leaders. Here’s the best three bets to go with it:

Switzerland to score over 0.5 goals @ 4/7

France’s 3-0 win over Honduras in their opening World Cup encounter was the seventh time they had completed a win to nil in the last nine games.

However, Switzerland have found the net in all of their last 11 internationals (a run that includes notching, and winning, against Brazil). On a wider scale, they’ve rippled the onion bag in 17 of their last 19 matches.

Karim Benzema to score last @ 7/2

Having ended his well-documented Les Blues drought in a 6-0 friendly thumping of Australia, the Real Madrid striker has netted eight times in the last seven international appearances.

In those seven games, the 26-year-old has notched the last goal more times than he’s netted the first, doing so three times as opposed to two.

Game to end as a draw @ 13/5

After tipping an invisible hat to their exciting contributions earlier in the tournament higher up this piece, it seems only logical that the sides will now be inseparable over the course of the 90 minutes.

In fact, there’s a precedent for that result, as half of the pair’s six previous meetings have ended as a stalemate.

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

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.