Two teams capable of putting all sorts of pretty in “the beautiful game” will go head-to-head for Group E supremacy when France and Switzerland tangle at 3pm ET.
France — Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema, Matuidi, Sissoko
Switzerland — Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Inler (c), Seferovic, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Mehmedi, Djourou, Shaqiri
1. Will the goals continue? Head coach Didier Deschamps has been pleased with how his team has performed, and with the flow of the tournament. Can they score multiple goals again, this time around (perhaps) without red card help?
“I hope so for the public, the fans who come want to see as many goals as possible,” said Deschamps. “You can have very good goalless draws, but it’s always better if you score a few.With the two games we have had here in Salvador, there were lots of great goals scored and I hope that continues.”
2. Who should win the game? Switzerland assistant coach Michel Pont is one of the many dismissing his country’s perceived status as the likely winner of the group:
“Us, favourites? Absolutely not. Frankly, the current French team impresses me, they have found harmony… It’s extremely difficult to find their weak points, it is the first time I have experienced this in 13 years.”
Expectation: Excitement from two teams expected to take it to each other.
One blogger’s prediction: France gives Switzerland underdog status back with a 2-0 win.