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Group A could set to see its first Round-of-16 qualifier when Romania takes on Switzerland with the latter a good chance to confirm its progression. This match will be played at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Wednesday, June 15.

Romania could be s surprise

Romania may not have won a point against France in their opening encounter but won many hearts with their display. But for a wonder strike from Dimitri Payet, France could have ended with just a point. Romania surprised the hosts by being the aggressive team in the initial exchanges of both the halves. It required a bit of magic from Payet – who was consistently brilliant for the hosts – to deny Romania what would have been a well-deserved point. All is not lost yet which means that Romania can still hope to make it to the knockouts provided they can build on the performance from the opening night.


Contrary to perception. Romania have a solid record in the past couple of two years. With a record just two losses – along with ten wins and nine draws – in the last 21 games, Romania has proven to be a difficult opponent for many. There could be changes to the side that featured against France with striker Florin Andone under pressure after a disappointing performance. The experienced winger Gabriel Torje could also be pushing for a starting berth.

Switzerland are well placed than their opponents after picking up full points following a 1-0 victory over Albania. It was a nervy start for the Albanians that cost them the match – along with the red card for their captain. Granit Xhaka pulled the strings from the midfield and the goal from Fabian Schar was the difference. But the Swiss owe their three points to the many saves by Yann Sommer in their goal. With their tails up now, the Swiss can brighten their chances to progress with another positive performance against Romania.

The Swiss carried a poor record to France losing four of their seven matches. If they can win their second on the trot, that record will just be a footnote in history. Coach Vladimir Petkovic loves shuffling his strikers and could start Eren Derdiyok ahead of Haris Seferovic. The highly rated Basel wonder kid Breel Embolo could see action as a substitute.

Betting advice

Romania conceded two goals or more only twice in their previous 21 games. That speaks highly of their defensive capabilities which should hold them in good stead against Switzerland too. This could be a tight game but the Swiss could come out on top.

Back Switzerland to win.

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