Romania v Switzerland – Parc des Princes at 17:00 live on ITV
Romania face Switzerland on Wednesday, after suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat to tournament hosts France in the opening game of the Euros.
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Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 57th minute, but a rash challenge from Patrice Evra inside the box let the French opposition back into the match and Stancu confidently scored the resulting penalty. At 1-1, there wasn’t much to choose between the 2 sides and it took a wonder strike from Dimitri Payet to seal the win for France late on in the game.
Romania should not be too disheartened however, as if it was not for some magnificent goalkeeping by Hugo Lloris, the score might have turned out very differently and may have even resulted in a shock defeat for France.
Anghel Iordănescu’s side played very well and their loss to the hosts was only their 2nd defeat in 21 international outings.
Romania secured automatic qualification having won 5 and drawn 5 games in Group F, finishing runners-up to Northern Ireland. In addition, they only conceded 2 goals throughout their entire qualifying campaign and defensively they looked solid again against France, with it taking a piece of magic from Payet to land the winning goal.
Switzerland’s 1-0 win over Albania gives them the advantage in terms of qualifying for the Round of 16 however, as their victory put them level on points with France in Group A.
Defender Fabian Schar headed in Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner early on in the game and this turned out to be the winning goal, despite Albania being reduced to 10 men after captain Lorik Cana received his second yellow of the game for a handball.
Switzerland failed to take advantage of having an extra player on the field and they will need to put on a better display to beat this ambitious Romanian side.
New Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka impressed in central midfield for Switzerland however and he will certainly be the man that the Romanian defence need to watch.
Both teams have met 12 times in the past and each have won on 5 occasions, with the other 2 matches ending in draws. On Wednesday, I can see another draw on the cards, although I believe if Romania show the same spirit they did against France, they are more than capable of beating the Swiss. I therefore recommend backing Romania +0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market, as if the match ends in either a draw or a win for Romania, profit will be returned.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Romania +0.25 @ 1.89 with Bet Victor
Prices correct at time of writing.