Top Spot for Grabs as France Play Switzerland in Group A Finale


Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann are set to return to the starting line-up for France as they face Switzerland today to see who will finish top of Group A at Euro 2016. The tournament hosts have already qualified for the last-16, and know a point against the Swiss will guarantee first place.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for France so far, however, needing last-gasp goals in both their games so far to record victories over Romania and Albania. Switzerland, meanwhile, need at least a point to finish in the top two in Group A and guarantee progression to the next round.

Switzerland could be without midfielder Valon Behrami due to a knee injury. Elsewhere, striker Haris Seferovic could miss out in favour of Breel Embolo with Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic looking at the possibility of freshening things up.

With Pogba and Griezmann expected to return to the starting line-up for France, Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman could drop out with Didier Deschamps possibly sending out the same XI that started the opening game against Romania.
This will be the 38th meeting between these sides; France have won 16 of the previous 37, with Switzerland winning 12 (D9).

France and Switzerland are in the same group for the fourth time in the last seven major tournaments (Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, World Cup 2014, Euro 2016). The hosts are unbeaten in their three previous meetings with Switzerland in major tournaments, winning against the Swiss at Euro 2004 and World Cup 2014, and drawing in the 2006 World Cup.
There were seven goals between the teams in their last meeting at the 2014 World Cup (France 5-2 Switzerland), more than there had been in the four meetings prior (six goals). The seven goals all came from different players.