Odds: Switzerland 17/4, The Draw 39/20, France 19/20
The final round of Group A games sees France take on Switzerland knowing a draw will be enough for both sides to be assured of qualification for the knockout rounds.
Les Bleus lead their mini league after successive wins while Switzerland have four points, Romania one and Albania zero.
A comprehensive victory for the Romanians could see them overhaul the Swiss for second place if the latter draw, a scenario they will be keen to avoid given only four of the six third-placed sides will qualify for the round of 16.
Meanwhile, anything other than defeat sees the hosts claim top spot in the section and what should be a favourable second-round draw against a bronze-medal finisher.
The stage is well and truly set for one of those innocuous entente cordiales between neighboring nations that have the conspiracy theorists rumbling on for years afterwards with no little justification.
Results earlier in the group already suggest there is precious little between the sides – France bettered the 1-1 draw Switzerland had the better of with Romania only thanks to an 89th-minute wonder strike from Dimitri Payet.
With the knowledge that a stalemate would be more than acceptable to both sides, is there anything that can stop the spoils being shared?
Win, Lose or Draw?
Any punter worth their salt will have war stories about absolute certainties that have gone awry despite every available scrap of pre-match evidence pointing to an impending payday.
Featuring two teams as blessed with copious amounts of individual talent as they are cursed with a criminal lack of collective cohesion, one with passionate yet demanding home support, this could be just such an occasion.
Draws are hardly conspicuous in either side’s form in the build up to the clash – in a combined 24 internationals played during the 2015/16 campaign Switzerland’s most recent result is the sole incidence of full-time parity.
Both sides have struggled to find the net so far in the tournament, but more through their own wastefulness than a lack of creativity.
If one set of forwards can be more trusted over the other to snap out of their previous profligacy, it has to be those at Didier Deschamps’ disposal.
Antoine Griezmann and, to a lesser extent, Olivier Giroud have done far more to vouch for their quality at this level all told than Rossocrociati line-leaders Haris Seferovic and Breel Embolo, for all the latter’s potential.
Giroud started the scoring the last time the two teams clashed, initiating a 5-2 rout in France’s favour at the 2014 World Cup, in which the Swiss only added a veneer of respectability with two late goals after a quintet of concessions.
Of those that started that encounter for Les Bleus, only Giroud, Hugo Lloris and Blaise Matuidi are in contention to make the XI in Lille.
Conversely, every member of the Switzerland line-up against Romania either started or was on the bench in Brazil.
Deschamps arguably has an even more creative squad at his disposal this time and the motivation provided by their passionate home support is expected to outweigh any concern for first-place-securing pragmatism.
Despite their profligacy, France have managed to register twice in both Group A games so far, meaning they have now scored that many or more in ten of their last 11 outings.
As such the question is whether Switzerland have the chops to contribute to piercing a home backline that the likes of the Netherlands, Russia and Cameroon were able to breach twice in friendlies during the build up to Euro 2016.
Vladimir Petkovic’s men are expected to struggle in this regard, having failed to bag more than once in five of their last six internationals.
Who will do the damage?
Dimitri Payet has been the attacking player of the tournament so far and his two goals in Group A mean he has now bagged in four of his last five outings for Les Bleus, only failing to net when taken off after 45 minutes against Scotland.
A knocking any-time bet at 2/1, his last three strikes have all come on or after the 89th-minute and been the final effort to trouble the scorers.
France have prevailed after going in all square at the interval in both their previous matches in the section.