Arsenal men Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny have every chance of winning more than just the ‘stamina league’ when it comes to World Cup Group E.
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France have kept clean sheets in six of their last ten games.
Featuring a virtual who’s who of the globe’s most coveted central defenders including Koscielny, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Porto’s Eliaquim ‘The Mangler’ Mangala, the French rearguard is fearsome.
With the experience of Bacary Sagna and Patrice Evra on the flanks and Juventus’ Paul Pogba marshalling things in midfield they’ll be virtually impossible to undo.
Les Bleus have blasted 25 goals in their last eight outings.
The aberration in Kiev and the recent friendly against the massed defensive ranks of Paraguay aside, the French attack is razor sharp.
Main rivals Switzerland arrive on a deeply unconvincing run of form.
With Ecuador and Honduras likely to be duelling it out for the wooden spoon, a classy Swiss outfit are France’s rivals for the prize of avoiding Argentina in the second round.
In stark contrast to the lads from the land of liberté, égalité, fraternité, the Rossocrociati hardly arrive in Brazil in glowing nick.
Since they sealed the World Cup deal they’ve won just two of their four outings, having lost to South Korea and drawn with Croatia.
As the tournament has drawn closer a 1-0 victory over Jamaica will hardly have the rock-solid French rearguard trembling in their socks ahead of their group-defining clash.