France should walk their group and Ecuador are tipped to join them in the Second Round as Group E runners-up in a Straight Forecast bet at the expense of Switzerland.
Ecuador are available to back at even money to qualify for the last 16 with Ladbrokes and William Hill, but backing France/Ecuador In a Group E Straight Forecast bet at best odds 4/1 with Betvictor will boost your potential winnings significantly.
The result of the opening game of the group will go a long way to determining which side will join France in the Second Round when Switzerland and Ecuador lock horns in Brasilia on June 15th. Switzerland enjoyed a hassle-free qualifying campaign, but in truth didn't exactly have to pull up any trees to top a weak group and their lack of a real star name makes them opposable here. Ecuador beat Uruguay to the last automatic spot in CONMEBOL qualification and will be less affected by the humid conditions in Brazil, so can trouble their European opponents.
If Switzerland can't take maximum points from their opening match then the pressure will be on by the time they face Honduras in Manaus as it's hard to see them getting anything against France in their second match. Ecuador will be confident of taking maximum points from Honduras in their second match in Curitiba on June 20th and could even have qualification sewn up before they take on France in their final Group E game.
Les Bleus are widely expected to enjoy a relatively trouble-free group phase, while we have already tipped Honduras to lose all three of their matches, so should Ecuador get off to the perfect start, 4/1 will look very nice indeed.
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