Euro 2016: France Has Group A Lead Within Its Grasp as It Takes on Switzerland

Florin P. - June 19, 2016

Defensive minded Switzerland prepares for a siege against France (8:00 p.m UK Time).

France won the opening game in the final minutes and can consider themselves lucky to be leading the group. In order to maintain this position and qualify as group winner, the home side needs to claim all three points in the final match against Switzerland. Their opponents are fully aware of the underdog status and wouldn’t mind splitting points, so they will play accordingly.

France Unshackled After Opening Match

The home side is always under tremendous pressure, trying to meet the high expectations and that’s exactly what happened to France. Now Deschamps can relax a bit and focus exclusively on improving the way his players perform against a classy opponent. Switzerland is dangerous on counterattacks, but unable to exercise constant pressure, especially against an offensive minded team.

The true challenge will consist in finding the breaches in their defense and that’s why the French will start with three strikers. The recipe for success is to send an avalanche of balls towards the Swiss goal, rather than trying to weasel thei way with short passes. Griezmann is the striker that everyone is counting on to lead France to victory and this is the time for him to step up and show his class.

Mixed Feelings After the Match Against Albania

Switzerland picked up all three points against Albania, after scoring early in the match, yet that was anything but a convincing performance. The opponents played with one man less for nearly one hour and still managed to hold their ground and send a couple of dangerous shots. A similar performance against France is guaranteed to result in a lopsided defeat, so the Swiss need to greatly improve their game.

Even though they don’t have any players injured or suspended, it is unlikely for them to turn their game around such a short notice. Add to this the fact that French supporters will create an amazing atmosphere for their favorites, and odds of 7/10 offered by bet365 Sports on France to win are simply irresistible.

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