Kick off: Sunday, June 19, 8:00 GMT
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d’Ascq)
Head to Head Record
Switzerland vs France 2-5 (2014 World Cup)
France vs Switzerland 0-0 (2006 World Cup)
Switzerland vs France 1-1 (2006 World Cup qualifiers)
France vs Switzerland 0-0 (2006 World Cup qualifiers)
Switzerland vs France 1-3 (Euro 2004)
Switzerland vs France prediction
France will be looking to clinch top position in Group A with a win over Switzerland in their final group game at the Euro 2016 finals. Les Tricolores would be happy with one point from the game as well, but the Rossocrociati should not be written off just yet.
Rossocrociati to rely on their defence
Switzerland kicked off their Euro 2016 campaign with a win over Albania. The Rossocrociati picked up vital three points from their opener and they did well to come from behind and share the spoils with Romania in their second group game. Vladimir Petkovic’s men should book their place in the knockout stages without any difficulties, but the Swiss need to pick up one point from Sunday’s game against France in order to get their job done. Xherdan Shaqiri has been playing below expectations at the tournament in France, but the opposition defenders should have the Stoke City ace at bay in the Stade Pierre-Mauroy clash. Switzerland have conceded no more than one goal at the tournament so far and they are widely expected to rely on their defence in their final group game. Haris Seferovic has already missed a number of clear-cut chances to score at Euro 2016 finals, but he should keep his place up front.
Breel Embolo is pushing for a start, but there is every chance he will start from the bench once again. Coach Vladimir Petkovic has no fresh injury worries and he is likely to stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Better results than performances
France experienced all sorts of problems in the opening match of their Euro 2016 campaign, but thanks to Dmitri Payet’s late goal the tournament hosts picked up all three points from the game. Against all odds, les Tricolores were struggling to break the deadlock in their second group game against Albania, but they eventually scored two late goals and recorded a 2-0 win over Giovanni De Biasi’s troops. Didier Deschamps’ men have already booked their place in the knockout stages, but they can’t afford any complacency in Sunday’s game against Switzerland. France aim to clinch top position in Group A and despite the fact that they need one point from their final group match, I am positive that les Tricolores are going to stick to their attacking style of play. Antoine Griezmann came as a substitute and scored in the 2-0 win over Albania and he is likely to lead the attack for Didier Deschamps’ charges against Switzerland.
Paul Pogba was rested against Albania and he is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. Bayern Munich winger Koman should drop to the bench, with Anthony Martial likely to start from the bench as well. Aforementioned attacker Antoine Griezmann should start against Switzerland.
- France are eyeing their seventh consecutive win
- Les Tricolores scored 2+ goals in each of their last six games
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in Switzerland’s last three games at Euro finals
- Patrice Evra could earn his 74th cap for France against Switzerland
- Under 2.5 goals were netted in three of last four meetings between France and Switzerland
Switzerland vs France betting pick
After failing to impress in previous two group games, France will certainly leave their hearts on the field in order to impress in Sunday’s game against Switzerland. Les Tricolores are playing in front of home fans at the 2016 European Championship finals and seeing that the Rossocrociati do not seem to be at the top of their game at the moment, Didier Deschamps’ charges are likely to pick up all three points from the match.
Pick: France to win