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EURO 2016 - Switzerland vs France - MATCH PREVIEW

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Hosts France and Switzerland will have contrasting expectations when they come face to face in a Group A encounter at the Stade Pierre-Mouroy on Sunday, June 19. This Euro 2016 fixture will decide who will progress to the round of 16 from the group in Euro 2016.


France have been one of the pre-tournament favorites and they lived up to the billing so far. Starting their campaign against Romania, France were surprisingly stretched for long periods of time before eventually winning through a Dimitri Payet moment of magic. Against Albania too, the French were left frustrated with the solid organization skills of the tiny nation leaving it very late for the goals and an eventual 2-0 victory. A win against Switzerland will confirm their group top status which should be the aim for Didier Deschamps’ men.


Switzerland aren’t far behind with four points from two games. Their group opener against Albania was a hard fought encounter but the Swiss eventually came out with full points. The game against Romania saw the Swiss wait for a wonder strike from Admir Mehmedi to settle the scores and spoil the shares. Though they are yet to convince with their displays, the Swiss know all too well that a win will guarantee them automatic qualification. But such is the closeness of this group that a loss to French coupled with a Romanian win against Albania will push them out of automatic qualification positions.

Deschamps made some unpopular changes against Albania by dropping Paul Pogba and Antonie Griezmann. It was only when these two were introduced as substitutes that France got into some momentum. Expect Pogba and Griezmann to slot back into the starting XI. There could be a minor temptation to replace Olivier Giroud with the impressive Andre-Pierre Gignac. For the Swiss, two under-par performances shift the focus back on the squad. Basel youngster Breel Embolo was impressive coming off the bench and could push Haris Seferovic for a starting role.

France are in the midst of an excellent run stitching together six consecutive victories while 11 of their previous 12 matches also saw them end victorious. The Swiss have been inconsistent with four losses and one draw in their last ten encounters. And on current form, it is difficult to see the hosts losing to Switzerland.

Betting Advice:

Back the hosts for a win and a goal from Payet

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