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.
Back the hosts for a win and a goal from Payet