Romania v Switzerland – Group A – 5pm (ITV) – 15.06.16 – Parc de Princes, Paris
Romania gave a good account of themselves in Friday’s opener against France, but were ultimately outplayed by a very capable host country.
Switzerland beat Albania 1-0 the day after and, had they put their shooting boots on before the game started, it could have been much more.
France will all but guarantee qualification from the group stages with a win in their game over Albania and Switzerland – still to play Les Bleus – will need a result against Romania if they wish to join them.
Swiss Goalkeeper Yann Sommer played out of his skin on Saturday and Romania will do very well to get the ball past him. Outfield, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shqiri looked dangerous with every attack and, if they’ve worked on their finishing since Saturday, there will be goals for the Swiss.
Recommendation: Switzerland to win to nil at 3.40
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- The record between Romania and Switzerland is perfectly balanced with five wins each and two draws
- Romania have never scored more than one goal in their last eight matches against Switzerland. The last time they netted more than one was in November 1968 (2-0)
- Romania have only won one of their 14 games at the European Championships. It came in June 2000 against England (3-2).
- Romania have kept only one clean sheet in their 14 games at the European Championships (0-0 v France in June 2008
- Bogdan Stancu was responsible for both of Romania’s shots on target against France in the opening game, including the goal from the penalty spot
- After beating Albania in their opening game, Switzerland will be aiming to win two games in a EURO finals campaign for the first time.
- Xherdan Shaqiri has had a hand in nine goals in his last eight competitive appearances for Switzerland (4 goals, 5 assists).