France vs Switzerland Euro 2020 Prediction, Odds, Betting Tips

  • France did not reach top gear in the group phase but that is not an issue
  • Switzerland advanced as one of the third-place finishers with a win and a draw
  • It is hard to look past a reasonably comfortable win for Didier Deschamps’ side

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Match Result and Total Goals Odds
France and Over 2.5 +160
France and Under 2.5 +210
Switzerland and Over 2.5 +1700
Switzerland and Under 2.5 +900

France vs Switzerland Pick

Our Pick

Back France to win and under 2.5 goals in total. Didier Deschamps is sometimes criticized for being too cautious, but his approach has worked in the past and he will have no problem with a low-scoring win in the round of 16.

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How to Watch France vs Switzerland

France vs Switzerland Information
Teams France vs Switzerland
Location National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
Time Monday, 28 June 2021, 15.00 PM EDT
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Individual Flourishes and Defensive Solidity the Way for France

In the end, each of France, Portugal and Germany came through the so-called group of death. Hungary gave a better account of themselves than expected, but the 24-team format allows for up to three sides to progress from each section, and that is exactly what happened in the hotly-anticipated Group F. None of the giants delivered three convincing performances, but France deserved to finish top after going undefeated. At the same time, this is a team that continues to leave viewers wanting more.

Perhaps that is inevitable when you look at just how star-studded France’s squad is. Players with such talent as Nabil Fekir, Dayot Upamecano, Anthony Martial and Houssem Aouar were left at home. Ousmane Dembele, Kingsley Coman, Marcus Thuram, Thomas Lemar, and Wissam Ben Yedder have only featured in cameo roles at best.

No manager in the competition benefits from as much strength in depth as Didier Deschamps, but international coaches do not have the time to produce teams that are as fluent as the top clubs. Deschamps’ compromise has brought France great success during his tenure, even if his side tend to play as if they are holding something back. Now in his ninth year at the helm, Deschamps is not about to change. His team will continue playing in fits and starts, as they did in 1-1 and 2-2 ties with Hungary and Portugal respectively. France do not beat you on flow; they beat you on moments.

That proved sufficient for les Bleus to win the 2018 World Cup, as Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe benefitted from the solid foundations built by their manager. With Karim Benzema now added to the frontline, France have even more individual quality up top at Euro 2020. That firepower, combined with their experience and Deschamps’ pragmatism, is why the world champions remain favorites to triumph this summer.

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Switzerland Out to End Last-16 Curse and Reach the Quarters

Not since the 1954 World Cup, which was played on their soil, have Switzerland advanced to the last eight of an international tournament. They have become the Mexico of Europe, seemingly forever destined to hit a brick wall in the last 16. At Euro 2016 and the last two World Cups, the Swiss have advanced from the group phase before heading home in the very next round.

Being drawn to face France does not exactly help their prospects of ending that 67-year run without a quarter-final showing. It could all have been so different, though. Switzerland only narrowly missed out on a second place in Group A, which would have seen them face Denmark in the round of 16. In fact, they can count themselves a little unfortunate to have finished third, having taken four points from a possible nine.

Switzerland lost to Italy and beat Turkey, two results which followed their opening 1-1 draw with Wales. It was the Welsh who edged them out in the race for second place, but Vladimir Petkovic’s side were the better team in that game in Baku, and should really have put Wales away. Switzerland then lost 3-0 to a full-strength Italy, while Gareth Bale and co. were able to face an Azzurri side that had been heavily rotated by Roberto Mancini. In the end, Switzerland’s inferior goal difference made all the difference.

France To Get the Job Done but Don’t Expect Them to Dazzle

Deschamps made a couple of tweaks to his team for the draw with Portugal and will probably stick with them here. That would mean Jules Kounde continuing at right-back instead of Benjamin Pavard, and Paul Pogba sitting in the deepest midfield role either side of N’Golo Kante and Corentin Tolisso. Pogba has been France’s leading performer so far, and a deep-lying role allows him the chance to get on the ball and showcase his passing range.

Pogba is not exactly known for his defensive discipline, though, and Switzerland’s best chance of causing an upset will probably come by working the ball to Xherdan Shaqiri, who will fancy his chances of sneaking in behind Pogba and in between France’s lines. With Breel Embolo having looked sharp up front, Switzerland can be potent in attack if everything clicks.

However, Petkovic’s side were hugely disappointing against Italy in the group stage, as the Azzurri exploited their backline time and time again. France are not as relentless as Italy, and Switzerland will be afforded some comfortable possession at times. But while it is not always pretty when it comes to Deschamps’ team, it has become rare to see them slip up in a tournament match. Back France to win and under 2.5 goals in Bucharest.

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