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
Switzerland XI: Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodríguez; Widmer, Freuler, Xhaka, Zuber; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferović
Suspension list: Griezmann, Hernandez, Kimpembe, Lloris and Pavard are one booking away from missing the next game if France win. The same goes for Embolo, Gavranovic, Mbabu, Schar and Xhaka of Switzerland.
France vs Switzerland prediction
While France are not yet firing on all cylinders, you sense that 2-2 draw against Portugal may have been something of a wake-up call.
Expect a steelier France outfit this time around, who will draw on their World Cup experience to progress.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
The last time these two sides met, they drew 0-0 in the group stages of Euro 2016. The draw sent the Swiss through to the last-16, while France won the group and went on to lose the final in Paris to Portugal.
Betting odds and tips
Switzerland to qualify: 1/5
Kylian Mbappe to score anytime: 11/8