2014 World Cup Preview: France vs. Ecuador
France won their first two group games to clinch their spot in the Round of 16 in the World Cup. Their third and final group opponent is second-placed Ecuador, a team that will want to win knowing that Switzerland can defeat Honduras to leapfrog them into the runner-up spot. France will most likely still win this game as their star and firepower have simply been way too much. Even if they rest a majority of their starters, the players fielded will still look to make good on their chance.
Karim Benzema already has three goals so he will look to add at least one more before entering the knockout round. His abilities to move with the ball and score in every way, and his vision to set up teammates, make him the brilliant player he is. He will arguably be the most dangerous player going forward towards frame. Mathieu Valbuena has been the best midfielder/winger as his running and priceless passing have gelled with this team’s game in a way that makes them work like a smooth engine. The defense has been remarkable with Rafael Varane keeping things quiet in the heart of the area.
Ecuador will be relying on their midfielder who already has three goals to his name, Enner Valencia. He will be looking to find as many openings as possible as he has what it takes to break down the midfield and defense with some key touches and long-range shots. He will have help from captain Luis Valencia (no relation) as he sprints down the right flank to send in numerous crosses while at times cutting in to rip on frame himself. The defense will have to find a way to keep France off the sheet no matter what it takes.
Prediction: France 2, Ecuador 0
The French will score twice against the run of play while the Ecuadorians will create chances but be unable to capitalize on any of them, thus exiting from the competition.