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FIFA World Cup 2014 Predictions: Match #25 Switzerland vs. France

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | June 17, 2014 10:04 AM EST

Final Score

Switzerland 2 France 5

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France's Karim Benzema celebrates his goal against Honduras during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, June 15, 2014.

Overview

The twenty fifth match of the FIFA World Cup 2014 is going to be held between Switzerland and France. The Group E match should be interesting as both Switzerland and France know that a win in this match will take it to the next round. Moreover, both the teams will want to win the match to keep the possibility of finishing on top of the table as the second team on the table is possibly going to play against Argentina in the "group of 16."

Teams

Switzerland: Switzerland had a "photo-finish" against Ecuador as it scored the winning goal at 93 minutes. It played quality football against an opposition which matched it in almost every department. It was a great comeback by the Swiss team as it conceded a goal as Enner Valencia scored within 22 minutes. Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's substitutions went miraculously well as Admir Mehmedi scored within 2 minutes after he entered the field in the second half. Another substitute Haris Seferovic scored the final goal with only 30 seconds left in the match.

France: France had an unceremonious exit in 2010 amid controversy. When it started its campaign in 2014 against Honduras, it was ranked 17th in the world. Not everyone expected highly of France but the former world champion knew what it was up to. It won emphatically against Honduras with the final score line 3-0. However, it could have been several more goals for France. Karim Benzema scored twice while the other goal was an "own goal" scored by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares. France looked good enough to beat most teams in the tournament.

Head to Head

The long-time opponents played 36 times against each other. Switzerland won 12, France 15 while the other 9 ended in a draw. Total 120 goals were scored. France scored 62 of them, Switzerland 58.

Key Players

Switzerland: Valon Behrami, Admir Mehmedi and Haris Seferovic

France: Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema

Date, Time & Venue

Brazil's time zone is UTC/GMT -3. The match starts at 4 pm (local time) on June 20, which means it is 5 am on June 21 in New South Wales, Australia. The match will be held at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

Prediction

France will win it with a final score line 3-1. This is expected to be pretty evenly fought match even though the score may not suggest the same. The Swiss will fail to score more but France will not.

Group Predictions

Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G & Group H

Reference: FIFA

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France's Karim Benzema celebrates his goal against Honduras during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, June 15, 2014.
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