Kick-off: 2000, 28/06/2021
Stadium: Arena Nationala
France should be battle hardened after topping the ‘group of death’ at Euro 2020 and are expected to prove too strong for Switzerland.
Les Bleus weren’t quite at their best during the pool stage but punters should anticipate a step up in intensity for the knockout rounds.
Their opponents are solid but lack class at this level so 23/20 for the tournament favourites to win to nil is our first France vs Switzerland prediction.
A Look At France’s Betting Odds
France put in a polished performance when kicking off with a 1-0 victory over Germany in Munich but then stuttered slightly.
Les Bleus struggled with the Budapest heat when drawing 1-1 with Hungary and closed with a patchy 2-2 stalemate versus Portugal.
However, having led his team to the Euro 2016 final and World Cup glory, Didier Deschamps knows how to plan a tournament campaign.
Reflecting on the group stage, he said: “Maybe other teams gave a better impression than the French team but now it is a new competition that starts.
“The first match against Germany was really important for us…of course, we didn’t do everything well all the time and we can improve some things.”
Benzema scoring his first international goals since 2015 was a boost and the Real Madrid forward is relishing his surprise recall.
He stated: “There is another pressure than when you play for your club, because it is your whole country, but for me it is a great pleasure.”
Looking at the France vs Switzerland odds, Benzema appeals at 7/2 to break the deadlock in Bucharest.
A Look At Switzerland’s Betting Odds
Switzerland started out in Group A with a 1-1 draw versus Wales when the better side for long periods but were then hammered 3-0 by Italy.
Beating Turkey 3-1 put them back on track, with Liverpool playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri hitting a double in Baku.
“We did what we had to do against a good team,” Shaqiri declared. “We had to win and we played a good game.
“Of course, there were one or two chances that we missed but it was a crucial performance from us and we’re happy with the result.”
Turkey were bitterly disappointing at this tournament, though, so we’re not convinced Switzerland can cope with a step back up in class.
The Rossocrociati had their limitations exposed by Italy and have gone out at the last-16 stage in three straight major tournaments.
Let’s go with Les Bleus to prevail 2-0 at 23/4 to finish off our France vs Switzerland betting tips.
Portugal 2-2 FRANCE – Benzema (2)
SWITZERLAND 3-1 Turkey – Seferovic, Shaqiri (2)
Head-to-head: Switzerland 0-0 France, Switzerland 2-5 France, France 0-0 Switzerland
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