The city of Bucharest hosts its first Euro 2020 game when France and Switzerland clash here. France will be looking to finally produce their best football while Switzerland will try to nullify France’s potent attack.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Arena Națională
One win and two draws were enough for France to top the ‘group of death’ ahead of Germany and Portugal, so a game against the Swiss should be much easier on paper.
It can be argued that Les Bleus haven’t really played to the best of their ability just yet and will be hoping that they have saved their best performances for now that it really matters. They are still overwhelming favourites for the title, and they should do well to get past a Swiss side that they haven’t lost to in seven meetings this century.
Switzerland had to win in their final group game and the win was only enough to secure them a third place finish behind Italy and Wales.
They managed to beat their group’s whipping boys Turkey, but they’ll need far more in order to beat the world champions.
Switzerland have looked threatening going forward but they usually look all over the place when it comes to defending and goalkeeper Yann Sommer has let in some really soft goals.
While France haven’t been at their scintillating best since the tournament started, a French team operating in third gear should have more than enough to get past Switzerland. So it would take something extremely special for the Swiss to be playing in the last 8.
Didier Deschamps is set to be without Ousmane Dembele for the rest of the competition after he withdrew from the squad with a thigh injury.
Lucas Digne is also set to miss the match due to a thigh injury as well. Lucas Hernandez, Thomas Lemar & Marcus Thuram could also miss the match.
The Swiss have no injuries to be worried about.
France’s last five games: WWWDD
Switzerland’s last five games: WWDLW
France are unbeaten in their last 10 matches (W7 D3) and have only suffered one defeat in their last 27 games when billed as the ‘host’ side (W21 D5).
Switzerland have only suffered one defeat in their last 10 games (W7 D2) but have only won one in their last 7 games when playing as the ‘away’ side.
Five of the last seven meetings between these two countries have produced under 2.5 goals and it could be another low-scoring affair between the sides.
Three of France’s last six matches have also seen less than 3 goals and the French have kept clean sheets in four of their last six attempts. Go for Under 2.5 goals at odds of 7/10.
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