Honduras is the weakest team in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E and the section’s seed, Switzerland, which may need an emphatic victory to qualify for the knockout stage, is worth supporting on the Asian handicap line of minus one.
Nothing that one has seen in the first two rounds of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E games has convinced one that Honduras deserves its place among the elite. Beaten 5-0 by Brazil on home soil in November, Honduras warmed up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil with a 0-0 draw with England and back-to-back two-goal losses to Israel and Turkey. France’s 3-0 win over Honduras in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E was a fair reflection of the match and Ecuador came from behind to deservedly beat the Central American side 2-1.
Honduras requires nothing short of a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil miracle to accompany France into the round of 16, something that is not going to happen. Switzerland, which defeated Ecuador 2-1 before defending like a school team in its 2-5 loss to France, is trading at odds of 1.45 with BetVictor and Youwin to overcome Honduras by any margin.
Asian handicaps are not everyone’s cup of tea but there are grounds for backing Switzerland minus one on them at odds of 1.75 with BetVictor. A one-goal Switzerland win, which looks like the absolute minimum that the Swiss will achieve versus Honduras as they fight for their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil survival, would result in a push, with BetVictor paying out the full ticket if the favourites won by two or more goals.
With a goal difference two inferior to that of Ecuador and eight inferior to that of France, Switzerland cannot afford to play for a one-goal win over Honduras just in case the French lose to the Ecuadorians by a margin that does not hurt the 1998 FIFA World Cup champions. If Ecuador beats France by, say, one goal, Switzerland will have to defeat Honduras by at least three goals to stay in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Surely Switzerland will go at Honduras throughout their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E game.
Over two and a half goals at odds of 1.91 with William Hill is the best bet in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Ecuador. The odds on the headline result look about right considering that France does not have to win the game to secure top spot and a round-of-16 tie against the runner-up in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F. France will know the final 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F ladder before it plays Ecuador.
While the result of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E game between France and Ecuador looks hard to pick, one is of the opinion that the match will be entertaining because the Ecuadorians have no choice but to play for the three points given that Switzerland is likely to beat Honduras. France has scored eight times in its first two 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E games and Ecuador’s last seven matches have averaged 3.85 goals with both sides scoring in all of them. One is quite surprised at the odds of 1.91.
Group F of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil wraps up with Argentina facing Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina taking on Iran. Argentina has had the wood on Nigeria, especially in recent FIFA World Cups, and Lionel Messi’s mob should be too strong for the Super Eagles. The problem is that odds of 1.57 with Boylesports are not all that exciting. One would prefer to back either of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E bets than steam into Argentina at its odds. Iran could qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16, which would be remarkable. Iran’s chance of progressing hinge on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s attitude. One is positive that Bosnia and Herzegovina is superior to Iran but one is not positive that the European team will be fully committed.
Switzerland (-1 Asian) to beat Honduras
25th June 21:00 GMT
Where to Bet: BetVictor
France v Ecuador Over 2.5 goals
25th June 21:00 GMT
Where to Bet: William Hill
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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