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In today's ­first round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, Zynga squares off against Ford in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each as they make the case for their stocks with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Motley Fool tech analyst Jamal Carnette argues that Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA  ) should move on to the next round as a true turnaround play. The new CEO, Don Mattrick, is turning around a company left for dead with the departure of former CEO Mark Pincus. Mattrick's Zynga is in the midst of redesigning their three most-popular games: Zynga Poker, Words With Friends, and FarmVille. If you believe that management matters, Zynga is a clear choice to advance.

Ford  (NYSE: F  )  has had a great turnaround, but so far, its turnaround has mostly been confined to the U.S. Ford continues to lose big money in Europe, and it's spending big money to expand in Asia. But those things will change in a couple of years, according to Motley Fool auto analyst, John Rosevear. Ford's strong new products and cost discipline are working just as well in Europe as they did here. By the end of 2015, Europe will be profitable — just as all those Asian investments start to pay off. That's what makes Ford a buy right now.

Watch these analysts square off in the video below and then vote for a winner. Then check out the other companies in the Motley Fool Better-Buy Bracket

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  • Report this Comment On March 18, 2014, at 4:16 PM, pondee619 wrote:

    In the NCAA Tournament they play the same game. Ford compares to Zynga how? Would anyone be comparing the two to decide which to keep in their portfolio and which to toss?

    This Apple is superior to that Orange. A useless series.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 7:07 PM, ttocsmij wrote:

    Hmmm ... pondee619, I think the comparison is in re to stock market performance, not product line. As such, both are working on turn-arounds and both are going to need expansion in foreign markets. If one thinks of six years at the helm isn't very long, one might even say the leadership is fairly new. Let's play along and see what happens. :)

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 7:34 PM, cmalek wrote:

    Does anyone win a Billion dollars for picking the perfect bracket? :-)

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 10:14 PM, tredadda wrote:

    Is this seriously a contest? Ford is like the University of North Carolina (not the best, but still quite good) and Zynga is like a community college.

  • Report this Comment On March 21, 2014, at 12:56 PM, mikefour wrote:

    Is the Motley Fool's R.I.P Internet a scammy advert or is there any substance to it? 2014? Who would buy into that?

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John Rosevear is the Fool's Senior Auto Specialist. John has been writing about the auto business and investing for over 20 years, and for The Motley Fool since 2007.

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