Reigning world champions France head into the last 16 on the back of two successive draws after being held by both Hungary and Portugal following their initial win over Germany.
While that was still enough to secure top spot in a tough Group F, AKA the ‘Group of Death’, Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus will want to put on a dominant performance tonight to re-assert their strong championship credentials.
Despite a mounting injury list, France will be heavy favourites to overcome neighbours Switzerland at the Arena Nationala.
The Swiss have endured a mixed tournament to date, being denied victory late on against Wales before being brushed aside by formidable Italy and then picking up a crucial win against Turkey in Baku.
Vladimir Petkovic’s inconsistent side missed out on a top-two berth in Group A but went through to the first knockout phase as one of the four best third-place finishers.
Follow France vs Switzerland at Euro 2020 LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below…
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.
France predicted lineup
With those injuries in mind, here’s how Standard Sport expects France to line up in Bucharest this evening….
France predicted XI: Lloris; Varane, Lenglet, Kimpembe; Pavard, Pogba, Kanté, Griezmann, Rabiot; Mbappé, Benzema
France team news
France are facing mounting injury problems ahead of tonight’s tie.
Didier Deschamps is struggling for options in defence. Lucas Hernandez had to be taken off during the 2-2 draw 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 this one, 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.
Barcelona have since confirmed he will be sidelined for around four months.
How to watch France vs Switzerland
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised on ITV for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will also be able to watch the action unfold live online via the ITV Hub.
Date, time and venue
France vs Switzerland is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off tonight – Monday, June 28, 2021.
The match will be held at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania, with around 25,000 fans expected to be in attendance.
Welcome to France vs Switzerland coverage!
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of the last 16 at Euro 2020!
After the clash between Croatia and Spain in Copenhagen, attentions shift to the Romanian capital of Bucharest, where pre-tournament favourites France – who topped a tough Group F despite successive draws against Hungary and Portugal – battle neighbours Switzerland at the Arena Nationala.
The Swiss will be up against it after squeezing through from Group A as one of the best third-place finishers.
Stay tuned for all the match build-up, latest team news and live updates!