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PREVIEW France vs Switzerland

It is France against Switzerland in the EURO 2020 Round of 16. National Arena in Bucharest, Romania, will be the venue of yet another matchup between these two sides at major international tournaments. They’ve met at the last EURO, at the 2014 World Cup, and in the 2006 World Cup as well, so we might say without any hesitation that we have one pretty exciting rivalry here. France is a massive favorite, but know that the Swiss side is very problematic for any rival. After all, they wouldn’t be No.13 in the FIFA rankings if there isn’t any quality in their roster.

France vs Switzerland: Kick-off time

France vs Switzerland is scheduled at 9pm, 28 June, in Bucharest, Romania.

What TV channel is France v Switzerland on?

Fans can tune in to watch the game for free on ITV from 7:15pm.

Games will be split between ITV and BBC throughout the tournament with every single moment of every match being broadcast on free-to-air TV.

How to live stream France v Switzerland online

You can also live stream the match via ITV Hub on a range of devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets.

France vs Switzerland: Team News

  • Lucas Digne will almost certainly not recover from injury in time to face Switzerland.
  • With Lucas Hernandez also a major doubt, Lyon's Leo Dubois may have to play out of his normal position at left-back here.
  • Benjamin Pavard will Jules Kounde at right-back and Adrien Rabiot will come in for Corentin Tolisso if he can shake off an ankle problem.
  • Marcus Thuram and Thomas Lemar are also major doubts after reportedly picking up injuries in training on Thursday.
  • The only real doubt for Switzerland is whether Ricardo Rodriguez plays in the back three or as a left wing-back.
  • Kevin Mbabu should return to the side at right wing-back, while Steven Zuber will hope to start on the opposite flank after a hat-trick of assists last time out.

France squad

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan

Defenders: Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma

Midfielders: N'Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Sissoko, Corentin Tolisso

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram

Switzerland squad

Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer, Jonas Omlin, Yvon Mvogo, Gregor Kobel

Defenders: Fabian Schar, Ricardo Rodriguez, Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, Jordan Lotomba, Becir Omeragic, Silvan Widmer, Loris Benito, Kevin Mbabu, Eray Comert

Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria, Remo Freuler, Edimilson Fernandes, Djibril Sow

Forwards: Haris Seferovic, Admir Mehmedi, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Ruben Vargas, Christian Fassnacht, Dan Ndoye, Andy Zeqiri.

Ousmane Dembele finished his participation at EURO because of an injury, and we are yet to hear about Lucas Digne’s status. Digne picked up an injury against Portugal.

Switzerland has no trouble with injured players.

France vs Switzerland: Match Preview

France (-195) didn’t impress us at all. They came to EURO as the biggest favorite to win the silverware, but the Gauls weren’t as dominant as many expected during the group stage.

Yes, we are aware that their Group F was the strongest, but that isn’t an alibi for poor performances that came down to waiting for the chance to strike on a break. France is the reigning World champion, and they need to do better. Deschamps mustn’t rely upon Mbappe‘s quickness all the time because PSG’s striker might have a bad day at one point.

The French team is without a defeat in 10 games, and during that time, they had six clean sheets. Five of them were just before the last two matches against Hungary and Portugal.

Switzerland (+600) was more than motivated against Turkey to show its worth. And they’ve demonstrated it in the best possible way. Some would say that their opponents were too weak, but we won’t agree with such a claim. The Swiss side was dominant right from the start, which was the only reason why they posted the first win at EURO 2020.

We need to remind that Vladimir Petkovic’s side had numerous chances against Wales. Instead of solving the Dragons immediately after a scored goal, Switzerland allowed the rivals to comeback and level the result. Even though there were several solid chances in the final few minutes, but Swiss players couldn’t utilize them.

A defeat against Italy is the only one in the past 10 for this unit, which has been pretty efficient during that stretch scoring two or more goals seven times.

France vs Switzerland: Predictions

France is the absolute favorite, as we already said. Despite them being a bit slower and without the expected energy, they should beat Switzerland who is a solid unit but far from the Gauls’ level. Deschamps has superstars at each position which couldn’t be told for his counterpart on the other side, Vladimir Petkovic. So our final pick here is France to win.

*France certainly didn't look unbeatable during the group stages ending it with back-to-back draws with Hungary and Portugal.

*Aside from being well beaten by Italy, Switzerland looked pretty good in games against Wales and Turkey.

*Three of the last five meetings between the two nations have been goalless but France should have the superior players and should eventually have enough to win.

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Betting tips

France don’t like to do things comfortably at the moment do they? Their opening Euro 2016 match against Romania saw them dominate the game, but a silly penalty resulted in the Romanians bagging an equaliser and making things extraordinarily difficult for the host nation. However, Dimitri Payet was on hand to score a stunner of a winner in the closing stages of the game.

Switzerland have been anything but convincing. They opened the tournament with a hard fought 1-0 win over Albania, with the only goal of the game coming from an early goalkeeping error that allowed Fabian Schar to head in the opener. However, despite playing almost an hour with an additional man thanks to Lorik Cana’s red card, Switzerland just couldn’t find any comfort against Albania. The underdogs could have levelled things up as well, and Switzerland, in the end, were quite fortunate to come away with all three points considering their disappointing performance.

They weren’t so fortunate against Romania. The Swiss missed a catalogue of early chances, mainly thanks to Haris Seferovic, before giving away a penalty which was dispatched by Bogdan Stancu. Switzerland did dominate the game to be fair to them, but it wasn’t until the 57th minute that Admir Mehmedi finally put the ball in the net with an unstoppable strike. Neither team could find a winner though and had to settle for a point.

France, although the top spot would be secured with a draw, will want to finish with the maximum points and put a true marker on the tournament. Switzerland should be a little more enterprising in their attacking play than Albania and Romania too, which will give France a lot more space in the final third. We saw what this can result in in the final minute against Albania, when a desperate Albania side pushed forward only to see the rapid France counter attack finish the game off.

I’m fully expecting France to get the win on Sunday, and odds of 19/20 for this outcome look exceptionally good value considering the talents they possess and Switzerland’s poor showing so far. I’m going for a 3-1 correct score prediction at huge odds of 16/1 as well.

Switzerland’s Betting Odds

Switzerland started out in Group A with a 1-1 draw versus Wales when the better side for long periods but were then hammered 3-0 by Italy.

Beating Turkey 3-1 put them back on track, with Liverpool playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri hitting a double in Baku.

“We did what we had to do against a good team,” Shaqiri declared. “We had to win and we played a good game.

“Of course, there were one or two chances that we missed but it was a crucial performance from us and we’re happy with the result.”

Turkey were bitterly disappointing at this tournament, though, so we’re not convinced Switzerland can cope with a step back up in class.

The Rossocrociati had their limitations exposed by Italy and have gone out at the last-16 stage in three straight major tournaments.

Let’s go with Les Bleus to prevail 2-0 at 23/4 to finish off our France vs Switzerland betting tips.

France’s Betting Odds

France put in a polished performance when kicking off with a 1-0 victory over Germany in Munich but then stuttered slightly.

Les Bleus struggled with the Budapest heat when drawing 1-1 with Hungary and closed with a patchy 2-2 stalemate versus Portugal.

However, having led his team to the Euro 2016 final and World Cup glory, Didier Deschamps knows how to plan a tournament campaign.

Reflecting on the group stage, he said: “Maybe other teams gave a better impression than the French team but now it is a new competition that starts.

“The first match against Germany was really important for us…of course, we didn’t do everything well all the time and we can improve some things.”

Benzema scoring his first international goals since 2015 was a boost and the Real Madrid forward is relishing his surprise recall.

He stated: “There is another pressure than when you play for your club, because it is your whole country, but for me it is a great pleasure.”

Looking at the France vs Switzerland odds, Benzema appeals at 7/2 to break the deadlock in Bucharest.

Head to head

In the group stage of the EURO 2016, these teams played without goals. Two years earlier, France demolished Switzerland at the World Cup in Brazil, 5-2. Back in 2006, during the World Cup group in Germany, these nations played without goals once more.

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