Romania vs Switzerland by Gustav
Given the fact that they will face up against Albania in the third round, Romanians would probably be satisfied even with a draw from this match against Switzerland. However, it can easily happen that the national team of France would need a draw in the last round to secure the first position, so it would be very important for Romania to get as good as possible outcome here.
A victory here for them would mean that the team plays their last game against Albania under far less pressure, but for the start they will need to improve against Switzerland in comparison what they showed against France. They left a fairly good impression at the opening game of EURO, as the team had one point in their pocket till last moments of the game when an long distanced shot from a free kick decided the destiny and brought all three points for France.
Their good performance against France should be an additional motive for coach Iordanescu, although they need to be more effective in attack. They should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Andone as striker, with Stancu, Stanciu and Popa as offensive midfielders probably. They will most likely keep the starting lineup that played against France.
Switzerland has won over Albania in the first round with a narrow 1:0 result, thanks to a goal from central defender Schar in fifth minute of the game. When it was expected that the side play a bit more relaxed, the side left initiative to Albanians and were threatened in few moments, however Albanian central defender Cana got excluded in 36th minute and the game started again being a bit more calm for the Swiss side.
A bit more calm, since the Albanians used counter attacks to develop constant counter attacks during the second halftime and even missed a great chance near the end of the game. With fairly modest performance of their offensive players in that game, Swiss side could definitely have more problems in case they behave in similar manner upfront. That's one of the reasons why coach Petkovic announced some changes in the starting lineup.
He should use midfielders Fernandes and Frei, instead of Dzemaili and Bahremi who didn't play up to the desired level. They should continue playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Seferovic as number nine and Shaqiri, Fernandes and Mehmedi as his first offensive support.
- Switzerland have won 8 of their last 9 matches (EURO Cup).
Romanians should be fired up for this one as in case of a defeat, that would probably mean goodbye for them for this EURO. Even if they give their maximum to get the victory, I still believe the Swiss national side to be more superior and stronger. Swiss side missed plenty of good chances in the first game and I doubt that the strikers will repeat similar poor performance in offense.