Romania vs Switzerland Prediction & Preview EURO 2016
- Author: Gina Adkins Jun 15, 2016,
Jun 15, 2016, 8:55
Of the 11 players that started against Albania, eight played in at least eight of Switzerland's 10 qualifying matches.
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With their final Group A fixture coming against Les Bleus in Lille on June 19, Petkovic knows Switzerland must deliver the required performance at Parc des Princes: "Our aim after two matches is to try to get through to the next stage of the competition, so we are going to do everything in our power against a strong Romania side", Petkovic said at a press conference.
In Paris, Switzerland, and new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka goes in hunt of a second victory in Euro 2016 on Wednesday against a Romania side fighting for survival. "One point will not be enough for us to qualify", he said.
France looked tight in a last-gasp 2-1 win against Romania at the Stade de France in the opening game of the tournament last Friday, but victory has given them the confidence they needed after two years without playing a competitive game.
Eintracht Frankfurt striker, Harris Seferovic, has scored just four goals in 39 appearances for club and country this season; however, he has netted seven goals in 29 games for Switzerland and he tempts as an anytime scorer bet at 21/10. "They have physical qualities, but also mental qualities".
"There will be some changes in the lineup, that's for sure - the game requires them", said Slovakia coach Jan Kozak.
Against France, Romania were defensively solid - Dmitri Payet's late long-range strike proving the decisive moment - even if the eastern Europeans managed to complete less than half the number of passes as Didier Deschamps' men. They put the hosts under a lot of pressure and created nervousness on their big night.
Romania players exercise during training. Defender, Fabian Schar, is good value at 9/2 in the same market (six goals in 20 games for the Swiss after scoring last weekend) as is Romania frontman, Bogdan Stancu, as a 5/2 bet after scoring against France.
However, France will be hoping for an improved performance from midfielder Paul Pogba - tipped to be one of the stars of the tournament - after a disappointing display against Romania.
The host nation France will be in action for the second time in this tournament as they take on the Albanians.
There has been plenty of speculation over who will score the most goals in this competition and Olivier Giroud could fill his boots in this game.
France meet Albania at Marseille's Stade Velodrome on Wednesday, a venue Deschamps knows well having won the league title twice there as a player and once as coach of the French giants.