Switzerland - France Betting Preview: Hitzfeld to frustrate Les Bleus

With a point probably enough to put them on the brink of a place in the last 16, Al Hain-Cole expects Schweizer Nati to sit back and defend against their more prestigious opponents
After collecting maximum points in their respective openers, France and Switzerland come face to face in Salvador on Friday hoping to put one foot in the last 16.

A convincing 3-0 victory over Honduras in their first game earned Laurent Blanc’s men numerous impressed admirers, and they are 5/6 (1.83) favourites with bet365 to increase the hype with another win here.

Meanwhile, Schweizer Nati left it late to secure a dramatic 2-1 triumph against Ecuador and are 4/1 (5.00) outsiders to make more headlines by coming out on top against their neighbours.

Each of the last three meetings between the sides have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them sharing the spoils once again this time out.

It’s no wonder that Haris Seferovic’s last-minute winner in Brasilia was celebrated so jubilantly by his team-mates, as that result leaves the Swiss in an extremely strong position to progress.

With only an unimpressive Honduras side to come in their final group game, Ottmar Hitzfeld will know that a point tonight will probably prove enough to put one foot in the knockout stages regardless of Ecuador’s result later on in the evening.

With this in mind, the canny German boss is unlikely to leave much to chance as they look to frustrate their opponents and try to take advantage of the strong counter-attacking ability that was devastatingly effective last match.

Having memorably masterminded a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over Spain at the last World Cup, the former Bayern Munich boss is more than capable of orchestrating a similarly defensive performance with a back four that kept clean sheets in seven of their 10 qualifiers on the road to Brazil.

Considering Les Bleus have kept clean sheets in nine of their last 12 matches, odds of 17/20 (1.85) look very tempting on under 2.5 goals being scored in an edgy match tonight, in a bet that would have paid out in 10 of Switzerland’s last 13 competitive fixtures.

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Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365

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