France may be favourites to top World Cup Group E, thanks to a squad full of recognisable names, but it would be foolish to dismiss the Swiss, who have clandestinely assembled a very strong team.
Fabian Schar, the young centre-half who shone in FC Basel’s Stamford Bridge smash and grab operation against Chelsea last autumn is at the vanguard of a side that also includes Bundesliga rising stars forward Josip Drmic and creative full-back Ricardo Rodriguez.
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Switzerland to win Group E @ 11/4
Group stage exits have been the norm rather than the exception for Les Bleus in the World Cups since their triumph on home turf in 1998, with two first-hurdle demises sandwiching a run to the 2006 semi-final.
Whether the internecine strife that caused their most recent early bath in South Africa has dissipated remains to be seen too.
The Swiss, on the other hand, are the only side to beat Brazil in the Selecao’s last 19 games and should be able to dispose of Les Bleus in the all-important second fixture to nail top spot.
Switzerland to score over 3.5 goals in Group E @ 13/20
None of the eight nations to face them have been able to stop the Swiss scoring and it’s hardly surprising with creatives such as FC Bayern Munchen’s Xherdan Shaquiri and the aforementioned Rodriguez in the line up.
Honduras to score over 1.5 goals in Group E @ 3/5
Los Catrachos may have some rather underwhelming results on their ledger of late, a 5-0 hammering from Brazil, a 2-2 draw in Jamaica, but they’re no whipping boys.
The CONCACAF representatives held group adversaries Ecuador to a 2-2 draw recently and the host nation were the only one of 12 opponents to deny them a goal this season.