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Enner Valencia will be hoping to fire Ecuador into the last 16 with a victory over France.Getty Images

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Ecuador take on France in their third and final Group E match at the Arena Amazônia, Manaus, on Wednesday knowing that either teams still have a chance of progressing into the knock out stages.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 9pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC One and BBC One HD. Radio commentary of the game will be on BBC Radio 5 Live.


After succumbing to a 2-1 defeat in their opening game of this year's World Cup, Ecuador handed their South American counterparts, Honduras, a 2-1 reversal at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, last Friday.

Carlo Costly put Luis Suarez's side into the lead in the 31st minute only to see Enner Valencia pull the scores level before half-time. The 25-year-old Pachuca striker then doubled his tally to secure all three points for La Tri in their second Group E game.

Reinaldo Rueda's side have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages if they win this fixture against France. Otherwise, they will have to hope that neither Switzerland nor Honduras register a victory with a 3-0 or 4-0 score-line against each other in the other Group E clash scheduled for Wednesday.

The 1998 Champions have already sealed their place in the last 16 having cumulatively scored eight goals in victories over Honduras and Switzerland in their first two matches. After humbling the South American outfit 3-0, Les Blues put in a strong attacking performance to secure a 5-2 victory against Ottmar Hitzfeld's side last Friday.

Didier Deschamps might consider resting some of their first team players but still has enough firepower at his disposal.Getty Images

Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko have got their names on the score sheet against their neighbours. Manager Didier Deschamps will have instructed his players to not take the Ecuadorians lightly and will be keen on maintaining their winning streak while entering the knockout stages.

The last time France won all their matches at the Group Stage, they went on to become champions in 1998, a side that was captained by their current manager.

Both E Valencia and Benzema are joint second in the goal scoring charts with three goals will be eyeing the top spot; currently held by Brazil star Neymar, who has four goals.

What Managers Say

Reinaldo Rueda (Ecuador): "It's a tough opponent, who has proved its level and efficiency. It's going to be a tough game. We have to face them the same or better than we did against Honduras. France has another style, another system, a team with great individuals. One of the powers or the benefits that France has is ball possession, triangulation, circulation, and to the extent that we have possession we take away their effectiveness. These tournaments are so short. If we seize opportunities we will move on. If not we stop here."

Didier Deschamps (France): "Things are going quicker than I'd imagined. I think a bit too quickly and there's a little bit of excess. Who would think that Costa Rica would have six points, in the group they're in? No one. I saw the match between Netherlands and the Australia and there really wasn't much in it. Other teams have been doing well here, not just us."

Prediction: Ecuador 0-3 France

Betting Odds (Bwin)

  • Ecuador: 7/2
  • Draw: 5/2
  • France: 7/9

Team Form

Didier Deschamps
Didier Deschamps will be aiming to join Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer to become the third person in the history to win the World Cup as a player and as a manager.Getty Images


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L D L D
  • Last Result: Honduras 1-2 Ecuador


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D W
  • Last Result: Switzerland 2-5 France

Team News


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Dominguez; Paredes, Guagua, Erazo, W Ayovi; A Valencia, Minda, Noboa, Montero; E Valencia, Caicedo


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Yohan Cabaye

Probable Lineup: Lloris; Sagna, Mangala, Koscielny, Digne; Sissoko, Schneiderlin, Matuidi; Cabella, Remy, Griezmann