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Both Switzerland and France have the chance to secure their passage into the second round when they both look to maintain their 100 per cent record in Group E.

France will be looking towards Karim Benzema to provide the inspiration once again with the Real Madrid striker vying to add to his World Cup tally.

Les Bleus beat the Central American side in a convincing 3-0 in which Benzema scored two and created the third, which was unfortunately turned over the line by goalkeeper Noel Valladares.

Didier Deschamps's men were hardly challenged by Honduras and the task was made all the more easier after Stoke City midfielder Wilson Palacios earned two yellow cards for separate fouls on Paul Pogba in the space of 15 first half minutes.

Pogba's lucky escape

Pogba himself was lucky to escape a red card after kicking out at the tough-tackling midfielder after the first challenge. The footballing world had been hoping to see the best of the 21-year-old at the World Cup, but instead saw the worst. He will now have to avoid being booked tonight or face suspension for the last group game.

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Switzerland will go into the game off the back of a slightly less convincing win than their neighbours, after they secured a dramatic 2-1 win over Ecuador deep into injury time. Haris Seferovic headed in a Ricardo Rodriguez cross to cap an impressive comeback.

Xherdan Shaqiri

Rodriguez assisted both of Switzerland's goals and thoroughly impressed on the left-flank. His pace is sure to test the French defence while Switzerland will be looking for star player Xherdan Shaqiri to improve on what was a disappointing opening game.

The diminutive winger is currently fending off questions regarding his future with Liverpool believed to be interested and the speculation seems to be affecting his concentration.

Winning the group

The winner of tonight's game will almost guarantee a safe passage through to the next round but with Argentina the likely opponent for the runners up, both teams will be more than keen to top the group.

The two countries are very well acquainted in international football having played each other a total of 36 times. France hold the edge with 15 wins to Switzerland's 12; the remaining nine have ended in stalemate. The last time Switzerland beat France was in 1992, winning 2-1 in a friendly.

France XI: Lloris - Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra - Cabaye, Sissoko, Matuidi - Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema

Switzerland XI: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Inler, Seferovic, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Mehmedi, Djourou, Shaqiri.

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