Group E

group-eGroup E of the 2014 World Cup will be contested by Ecuador, France, Honduras and Switzerland

Warm Group E favourites France $1.80 got through qualification by the skin of their teeth after coming from two goals in the first play-off leg to beat Ukraine.

The French won this tournament back in 1988 during a purple patch for the national team, however they have been nowhere near as strong on the world stage in recent times.

Switzerland $3.60 had an easy qualification through the European zone and will find their opponents on South American soil much tougher, while Ecuador $5.00 qualified for Brazil on goal difference ahead of Uruguay and could be the smokeys in this group.

The rank outsider in this group is Honduras at $21.00.

2014 World Cup – Group E odds

$1.80 France
$3.60 Switzerland
$5.00 Ecuador
$21.00 Honduras

Odds subject to change and were correct at 8th April 2014.

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We fancy France & Switzerland to go through to the next round.

2014 World Cup Group E Teams & Fixtures

ecuador Ecuador

Coach: Reinaldo Rueda
Gun player: Antonio Valencia
Best World Cup result: Last 16 2006

Ecuador was beaten by Chile in their final qualifier and they gained automatic qualification on goal difference alone ahead of Uruguay. The attacking skills of Antonio Valencia will be pivotal to the chances of Ecuador, along with the likes of Cristian Noboa and Felipe Caicedo.

france France

Coach: Didier Deschamps
Gun player: Franck Ribery
Best World Cup result: Winners 1998

At one stage it looked as though France would miss its first World Cup since 1994 when they went down 2-0 in their first play-off match against the Ukraine, but they bounced back to win the second leg 3-0 to go through 3-2 on aggregate. The classy Franck Ribery is France’s major driving force and they also have quality players in Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Valbuena to make the French a deserved favourite in this group.

honduras Honduras

Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
Gun player: Wilson Palacios
Best World Cup result: Group stages 1982, 2010

Honduras will be competing in their second successive World Cup but have made a number of changes since South Africa four years ago. Strong home form seen them enjoy a fruitful qualifying campaign, booking a spot in this tournament with a 2-2 draw against Jamaica in the final match.

switzerland Switzerland

Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld
Gun player: Xherdan Shaqiri
Best World Cup result: Quarter-finals 1934, 1938, 1954

Experienced coach Hitzfeld guided the Swiss to probably the easiest qualification route of all the European teams. Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri is an exciting talent for Switzerland and they possess plenty of young talent who appear ready to show their wares on the world stage.

Group E draw – 2014 World Cup

9 Mon 16 Jun E Switzerland vs Ecuador 2am Brasilia Bet now
10 Mon 16 Jun E France vs Honduras 5am Porto Alegre Bet now
25 Sat 21 Jun E Switzerland vs France 5am Salvador Bet now
26 Sat 21 Jun E Honduras vs Ecuador 8am Curitiba Bet now
41 Thu 26 Jun E Honduras vs Switzerland 6am Manaus Bet now
42 Thu 26 Jun E Ecuador vs France 6am Rio de Janeiro Bet now

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