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France vs. Switzerland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
28 June 2021
Monday 28 June
Arena Națională – Euro 2020
Euro 2020 favourites France topped Group F on route to the last 16 and their reward is a clash with Group A’s third place side Switzerland. Didier Deschamps’ side picked up five points from three group games in the first stage of the tournament and remain a fancied prospect in the football betting online.
These two sides have faced each other four times at major tournament since the start of 2000, with 0-0 draws at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2016 but France won at Euro 2004 and the 2014 World Cup.
The 2014 encounter ended 5-2 to Les Bleus, who had five-goal lead after 73 minutes before the Swiss clawed back some respectability. It ended 3-1 at Euro 2004, with two Thierry Henry goals and one from Zinedine Zidane for the French.
Deschamps has issue at full back ahead of this game with Lucas Digne ruled out and both Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez reportedly struggling with minor knocks and Ousmane Dembele already ruled out for the competition with a knee problem.
Swiss boss Vladimir Petković is unlikely to go with an unchanged line up from their final group game with Premier League pair Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri keeping their starting spots in Bucharest.
France vs. Switzerland Preview and Predictions
Deschamps has moved swiftly to manage expectations within his camp as France have not yet hit the heights of their rivals at the competition. A win over France in their opening game was followed by a frustrating draw against Hungary and a point with defending European champions Portugal.
Switzerland edged into the knockout stages as one of the four best placed third place teams after finishing in behind Italy and Wales in Group A. A win against Turkey in their final game provided the necessary boost to get them over the line and they have nothing to lose against the defending world champions.
However, despite Switzerland being able to operate more freely in this game, Deschamps’ team look to have another gear still to move up into. The pressure is on France to go all the way and win the competition and the last 16 draw has been kind to them and a Les Bleus win inside 90 minutes comes in at 1.51, with Switzerland at 7.00 and 4.00 for the draw. To qualify, France are 1.22 and Switzerland are 4.10.
The returning Karim Benzema finally got himself amongst the goals against Portugal with a brace alongside Antoine Griezmann’s solo strike against Hungary but Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappé is yet to find the back of the net this summer.
France to win 2-0 at 6.75
It is difficult to see anything other than a straightforward win for France in this tie as despite not fully getting into full flight their attacking prowess should be too much for a Switzerland side that has underperformed for large parts of the competition.
Both teams not to score 1.58
Despite conceding against Hungary and Portugal, both of Portugal’s goals came via Cristiano Ronaldo penalties and France pre-tournament defensive record in 2021 is just one goal conceded in five games across 2022 World Cup qualifiers and pre-Euro 2020 friendly action.