Jun 20, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
SwitzerlandSwitzerland
2-5
France
Dzemaili (81'), Xhaka (87')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Giroud (17'), Matuidi (18'), Valbuena (40'), Benzema (67'), Sissoko (73')
Cabaye (88')

Preview: Switzerland vs. France

France's forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring his teams third goal with midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, during a Group E football match between France and Honduras at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15,
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Sports Mole takes a look at Friday's vital clash between Switzerland and France in Group E at the World Cup.

A vital clash in Group E at the World Cup takes place on Friday as Switzerland face France in Salvador.

Both teams have a good chance of making it through to the second round of the tournament after winning their opening fixtures.

The Swiss earned a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ecuador, while the French saw off Honduras 3-0 thanks to a brace from Karim Benzema.

A win for either side on Friday would see them take a big step towards getting out of the group.

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and France counterpart Didier Deschamps have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the contest.

France have the better head-to-head record between the teams, winning 15 games compared to 12 for the Swiss. Meanwhile, there have been nine draws during their 36 previous encounters.

Recent form

Switzerland: WLDWWW

France: WWWDWW

Possible starting lineups

Switzerland: Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Rodriguez, Djourou, Von Bergen; Inler, Shaqiri Behrami, Stocker, Xhaka; Drmic

France: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann

Sports Mole says: 0-2

Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring for Switzerland on October 12, 2012.
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