At the National Arena in Bucharest in the Euro 2020 last-16 match on Monday, Switzerland will attempt to cause a seismic upset as they prepare to face reigning world champions France. Switzerland qualified as one of the four best third-placed teams, while Les Bleus finished first in their death group to go to the knockout stages. Here is all you need to know about France vs Switzerland prediction and lineup for Euro 2020 match.
France lineup: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema
Lucas Digne’s injury will very definitely prevent him from playing against Switzerland.
Due to the absence of Lucas Hernandez, Lyon’s Leo Dubois may be forced to play out of position at left-back.
Corentin Tolisso is likely to be replaced by Adrien Rabiot if he can overcome an ankle ailment. Benjamin Pavard will replace Jules Kounde at right-back.
After sustaining injuries during Thursday’s training session Marcus Thuram and Thomas Lemar are also huge doubts.
Switzerland lineup: Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Xhaka, Freuler, Zuber; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovic
Switzerland‘s only genuine question is whether Ricardo Rodriguez will play in the back three or as a left wing-back.
While Steven Zuber, who had a hat-trick of assists last time out, will look to start on the other flank, Kevin Mbabu is expected to return to the starting lineup at right wing-back.
France vs Switzerland Prediction
Drawing back-to-back with Hungary and Portugal, France did not appear unbeatable during the group rounds. Switzerland played well against Wales and Turkey aside from being soundly defeated by Italy.
Three of the last five encounters between the two countries have ended in a stalemate, but France should have the better players and should be able to win eventually.
Keeping Deschamps’ team quiet at the opposite end of the pitch will be the true issue, however, Switzerland should be able to take advantage of France’s depleted left-hand side if Hernandez joins Digne on the sidelines for this match.
While we believe the Swiss – who have had a few more days off – might cause problems for France’s defense and reach the back of the net, Les Bleus should still win in 90 minutes, but it will be a closer match than some may expect.
Our Prediction: France 2-1 Switzerland