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France vs Switzerland: Euro 2020 last-16 preview

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rance appear to have been dealt a favourable draw against Switzerland in the last-16, but the world champions must find their feet at Euro 2020 or risk an early exit.

Les Bleus were admittedly given a tough task in Group F and did top the group, though the 2018 World Cup winners drew against Hungary and Portugal after beating Germany.

A front three of Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezamnn are yet to fully fire, and there is little room for error in the knockout stages.

The Swiss may be cursing their luck at drawing Dider Deschamps’ star-studded French side, but head into this tie off the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Turkey.

Date, kick-off time and venue

France vs Switzerland is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Monday, June 28, 2021.

The match will be held at National Arena in Bucharest, Romania.

Where to watch France vs Switzerland

TV channel: The match will be televised on ITV for free.

Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the ITV Hub.

France vs Switzerland team news

France are facing mounting injuries, with Deschamps struggling for options. Lucas Hernandez had to be taken off against Portugal with a knee injury, and the left-back remains a doubt.

His replacement Lucas Digne is also nursing a hamstring injury and looks unlikely to be fit for Monday, forcing potential changes to Deschamps’ defensive plans.

Digne’s replacement in the game against Portugal, midfielder Adrien Rabiot, has himself been dealing with a nagging ankle injury since the end of the season and is not yet at 100 per cent.

To make matters worse, Thomas Lemar suffered a leg injury and Marcus Thuram hurt his right thigh in training on Thursday, hobbling off the pitch with the support of medical staff.

France are already without Ousmane Dembele after the forward had to be taken off injured in their second group game against Hungary with a knee injury.

France vs Switzerland predicted lineups

France XI: Lloris; Varane, Lenglet, Kimpembe; Pavard, Pogba, Kanté, Griezmann, Rabiot; Mbappé, Benzema


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