Switzerland have the unenviable task of trying to knock world champions France out of Euro 2020 at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest on Monday night. Les Bleus haven’t been entirely convincing through this tournament so far, but the talent at their disposal is scary and should be far too much for the Rossocrociati.
Where and when: Arena Nationala – 28 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see France vs. Switzerland: ITV
Last time: These countries last faced each other in the group stage at Euro 2016, sharing a goalless draw in the last round of fixtures as they both progressed to the round of 16.
France v Switzerland Predictions and Preview
You may think France would’ve enjoyed real dominance against Switzerland over the years, but that hasn’t necessarily been the case. Aside from a resounding 5-2 victory for Les Bleus at the 2014 World Cup, encounters between these two countries have tended to be close affairs.
Indeed, four of the last five meetings between the sides have ended all square, with three goalless draws and a 1-1. Another 0-0 in this game is priced at 19/2 in these France v Switzerland predictions, sending the tie into extra-time with the potential for penalties.
If you’re more interested in the outright market, you can back the French at 8/15 with William Hill in the latest odds for this game. Les Bleus are the reigning world champions and the 21/5 favourites to add the Euros to that crown, as they did after the other time they won the World Cup back in 1998.
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Didier Deschamps will expect improvement from his team after they failed to win two of their three group games. That said, Group F was this summer’s group of death, also containing Germany and defending European champions Portugal. Even so, they didn’t beat weakest team Hungary, drawing 1-1 before a 2-2 draw with Portugal.
The French could only squeeze past an out-of-sorts Germany 1-0, but they still managed to top the group. Switzerland, on the other hand, only qualified for the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed sides in the group stage.
Vladimir Petkovic’s side did respond well to their 3-0 defeat to Italy though, putting three goals past a previously fancied Turkey side to seal their progress to the knockout rounds. Those two matches came on the back of their opening 1-1 draw with Wales.
There’s no doubt a Swiss victory would send shockwaves around the continent, and would leave one of either Croatia or Spain licking their lips at the prospect of a far less daunting quarter-final draw. The Rossocrociati are available at 7/1 for the upset, while they are 3/1 to take the game to extra-time.
France are 3/11 to qualify for the quarters via any method, with Switzerland 7/2 for the same bet. Given the French boast the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema in their midst, anything other than the Tricolour being waved in celebration come the end of this tie appears highly unlikely.
One to watch for France: Paul Pogba has arguably been the player of the tournament so far, with the Manchester United midfielder producing a series of superb displays at the heart of this talented French side. His vision and passing has produced one assist so far, with Pogba 21/2 to notch his first goal of Euro 2020 with the opener on Monday.
One to watch for Switzerland: Xherdan Shaqiri bagged a brace in Switzerland’s 3-1 victory over Turkey. The Liverpool man is crucial to his country’s chances of success in the last 16, and he is available at 9/1 in the anytime scorer market for this game.
Long shot: France thrashed Switzerland 5-2 the last time these countries met at a major tournament, seven years ago in Brazil. The same result here is priced at 200/1 as part of your France v Switzerland tips, rising to an almighty 2,009/1 if you add Pogba as the first scorer.