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France vs Switzerland, free match prediction 29 Jun 2021

29 Jun 2021 | 00:30 | Bucharest, National Arena
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World Champions France looking to flex their muscles in the knockout stages against Switzerland

  • France qualified top of Group F, beating Germany and drawing to Portugal and Hungary
  • Switzerland were third-best behind Italy and Wales in Group A
  • Winner will face Croatia or Spain in the Quarter Final

France to win 2-0

  • Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020
  • Venue: Bucharest, National Arena

FRANCE vs SWITZERLAND Match Preview & Analysis

France have been steadily growing into the tournament so far, playing respectable rather than exceptional football and finishing top of their Group, ahead of giants Germany and reigning champions Portugal.

A solid win over Germany was followed by slightly disappointing performances against Hungary and Portugal, earning just a point from each.

Star forward Kylian Mbappe is still to score, and they look a little unbalanced when linking midfield to attack, but have showed signs of great quality throughout. Now they will be looking to show that quality more consistently during the knockout phase.

Switzerland squeezed through in a third place position, having earned four points from Group A, their solitary win coming against Turkey.

They were never likely to go deep into this tournament, and will be huge underdogs against France here. With one or two good players, they have the ability to cause a few problems, especially if they can keep things tight at the back.

Teams Preview

France Preview

World Ranking: 2

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Winners, 1984/2000

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Topped their group without ever really getting into top gear

     Haven’t lost to Swiss since 1992

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have failed to click going forward so far

     Struggled against teams who sit back

For France, they will be hoping that their tournament is now just beginning at the start of the knockout phase, and they will expect their performance levels to go up a notch or two.

Against Switzerland, they face one of the third-placed teams, and therefore a slightly easier route to the Quarter Finals on paper.

There will be concerns that their forward players are not quite clicking as they would be expected to, with Mbappe yet to score his first goal, and wide players Dembele, Coman and Lemar not firing either.

Benzema now has two, after a well-deserved brace against Portugal, with Kante and Pogba continue to dictate play in the midfield.

Against Hungary, a team who sat back and defended deep, France struggled to break them down. Could it be similar here against Switzerland?

Star Man – Kylian Mbappe

You feel that when this young man really gets going, he’ll be impossible to stop.

Switzerland Preview

World Ranking: 13

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Round of 16

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Have scored as many goals as France so far

     France are more vulnerable than many expect

Reasons to be fearful:

     Poor winning record against the French

     Haven’t progressed further than this stage at the Euros

Switzerland qualified as one of the four best third placed teams from the group stage, securing a 3-1 victory over the disappointing Turkey in the final game.

The Swiss have now secured a place in the knockout stages at each of the last four successive major tournaments, a sign of their consistent qualities.

They have, however, failed to progress to the Quarter Finals at a Euros, and couldn’t have asked for a tougher game here, going without victory against the French in almost 30 years.

Switzerland will have a strong gameplan, of course. If they sit back and prove difficult to break down, they have the express pace of Embolo and quality of Shaqiri going forward to cause the French some problems of their own.

Star Man – Xherdan Shaqiri

With Morata’s troubles in front of goal continuing, the fresh energy of a confident Torres could come to Spain’s advantage here.

FRANCE vs SWITZERLAND Winning Prediction

     France will control possession

     Switzerland will be happy to sit deep without the ball

     Expect chances at both ends

Through Pogba and Kante, France are capable of controlling the ball against virtually any team, and they will see plenty of it here.

As we saw against Portugal, Pogba has the exceptional ability to pick out a pass through a tight defence, but will he have the same joy against one as deep as the Swiss backline is likely to be?

Switzerland can cause problems of their own, if they can counter quickly enough.

We’re all expecting the French to qualify, but shocks do happen.

France to win 2-0

Author: Ross B.