Manchester United v Manchester United - Team-mates will go head-to-head in crunch World Cup tie

Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia and Patrice Evra will go head-to-head when Ecuador take on France at the FIFA World Cup in 2014.

There is a question mark over whether Group B or Group G is the infamous ‘Group of Death’ at next summer’s FIFA World Cup - but there is no doubt what most people feel is the worst group at the tournament.

Group E contains Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras and France and one commentator even mentioned that it might just be the worst ever World Cup group.

Switzerland should be considered the favourites for the group while Honduras, the lowest ranked team according to the bookies, will not be given much of a hope.

However France and Ecuador are, in reality, probably the best two teams in the group - especially with the South American advantage for Ecuador.

So when the two teams face each other in the final group game, at the Maracana on the 25th June, it will likely be a battle for qualification.

And two Manchester United players will actually be going head-to-head in that game.

Patrice Evra, despite competition from the likes of Gael Clichy, Lucas Digne and Aly Cissokho, is still the undisputed number one left-back for Les Bleus.

However, he will be defending against a very familiar face in that game - Antonio Valencia.

The winger is Ecuador’s stand out talent and often performs above his standard in the La Tri of Ecuador.

He is also their captain - and will surely look forward to getting at Evra, but not in the comfort of a training ground.

Evra will also be relishing the chance to shackle his team-mate in what could be an absolute pearler of a game if both teams’ inconsistencies are anything to go by.

The two are also quite evenly matched. Both are good in the air, Valencia might have the edge in pace but Evra can match him for strength - they might just cancel each other out.

But come the start of next season, should the pair still be hanging around Old Trafford, one of them might just have the bragging rights.

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