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Graham Ruthven breaks down the round of 16 game between France and Switzerland and gives us two picks

France vs. Switzerland Predictions: EURO 2020 Odds & Picks

As pre-tournament favourites, France have so far failed to find top gear at Euro 2020, winning just one of the three matches they have played. However, Didier Deschamps’ side won the 2018 World Cup without finding top gear much. There is nobody better at grinding out results in international soccer than Les Blues.

Switzerland have never made it past the round of 16 at a European Championships, losing to Poland on penalties at this stage of Euro 2016, but boast a term full of experienced tournament performers who will give them a chance against the reigning world champions. Here are some tips and predictions for France v Switzerland on Monday June 28.

France vs. Switzerland Predictions

Date: Monday, June 28

Time: 3pm ET

Latest odds: France -182, Draw +290, Switzerland +600

View the full France vs. Switzerlandl odds here.

There’s no doubting the individual quality of France’s team, but they have still to demonstrate their best form at Euro 2020. Some fans want Deschamps to embrace a more attack-minded approach, but he remains intent on building a solid defensive basis that allows his side to attack on the counter at speed.

In Paul Pogba, France possess one of the best footballing quarter-backs in the game. The Manchester United midfielder has shone at this tournament, creating the two opportunities from which France scored both goals against Portugal with well-crafted passes in behind the opposition.

To stop France, Switzerland will have to find a way to keep the attacking unit of Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe quiet. This will most likely mean Vladimir Petkovic sets up his side in a back three in order to match up against France. This will be necessary to stop the Swiss from being overrun.

Switzerland could target France’s left side with Deschamps facing something of an injury crisis in that area of the pitch. Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne could both be sidelined for this match and so Lyon’s Leo Dubois might be asked to play out of position on the left side of the defence.

Xherdan Shaqiri could be a difference-maker for Switzerland such is his capacity for producing a big moment at major tournaments. However, France’s structure could suffocate the Swiss. Deschamps won’t unleash his attacking talents in the way so many want him to do, but it seems likely his team will keep marching on into the quarter finals.

France vs. Switzerland Predictions & Expert Picks

1u - Karim Benzema Anytime Goalscorer @ +185

1u - France To Win By 1 Goal @ +235

Article Author


Graham Ruthven is a soccer writer and tipster who has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Eurosport and others.


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