Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Euro 2016 - France with serenity

It is with an enhanced confidence that France will tackle their second match of these Euros after having seen out the resilient Romanians in the first match. Albania should provide good food for fodder for Pogba and company; it is quite conceivable that coach Deschamps will use this match to rest some first-team players or try a new system for better things to come. The Albanians were only undone in their first match by the Swiss after playing with 10 men for a majority of the match. They are almost certain to crumble after only a few days rest against the host nation.

Romania and Switzerland look set to play out a close affair in the other Group A match. The former need a win after their tough loss against the French. The Swiss were not convincing against Albania, so Romania could well edge this one. I see this match ending as a Romanian win or a draw.

Russia look to be in deep trouble; their match against the Slovaks could have no significance if they are booted out of the Euros not because of their team performance but because of their supporters. The Russians ran their luck against England but are sure to find the Slovaks a better proposition; the latter were downed by Wales quite convincingly and look more likely to finish last of the group. Provided the off-field disturbances do not alter the spirit of this Russia side, they should win this match.

Win: France, Russia 

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