Switzerland vs France – Preview and Prediction
Group A top teams Switzerland (1-0-1, 4 points) and France (2-0-0, 6 points) are scheduled to face each other at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d’Ascq on June 19, Sunday in the third round of group stage competitions in the 2016 UEFA European Championship.
Switzerland is currently at the second spot of the group table and is already assured of a top three finish after being unbeaten in the first two rounds.
The Swiss nipped Albania, 1-0, in their opener last Saturday before settling to a 1-1 tie with Romania in their second round match held at the at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Wednesday, ESPN reported.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Admir Mehmedi caught a pass from defender Johan Djourou three minutes before the hour mark of the contest then volleyed in the equalizer for head coach Vladimir Petkovic’s side. The goal cancelled out Romania forward Bogdan Stancu’s penalty kick opener 18 minutes into the first half of play.
La Nati should have been the first team to score a goal as Eintracht Frankfurt striker Haris Seferovic and Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri both came just inches wide with their best chances in the opening minutes.
With points in two matches, Switzerland is guaranteed of a third place finish whether they win or lose against France in this match. However, if they can pull off a victory, then they get first place in the group standings going into the knockout stages.
Meanwhile, the Frenchmen are currently at the top of the Group A table and are still undefeated so far as predicted by football pundits prior to the tourney.
Les Bleus nipped Romania, 2-1, in their opener on June while they unleashed a late game goal-spree against Albania also on Wednesday at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille to come away with a 2-0 win, as per Daily Mail Online.
France had a surprisingly hard time against lowly Albania as the game went goalless until striker Antoine Griezmann was able to find the back of the net for head coach Didier Deschamps’ squad right at the stroke of full time.
West Ham forward Dimitri Payet doubled the lead during injury time to improve the team’s goal difference as they assured themselves of a place in the round-of-16 games.
The predicted result is a 3-0 rout for France.
Switzerland starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schar, Djourou, Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Mehmedi; Seferovic
France starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra; Kanté, Pogba; Griezmann, Payet, Martial; Giroud