So the first round of the group stage fixtures are over and there was very little in terms of major shocks, but a few teams did give a better showing that people initially gave them credit for. Romania were one of these teams, only losing to a Dimitri Payet screamer in the 89th minute at the Stade De France.
Switzerland on the other hand played exactly as our last betting tips predicted. They picked up a 1-0 win against a plucky, defensively sound Albanian side, although how it stayed 1-0 is anyone's guess with chances for both teams, it certainly was a great day for the goalkeepers, except obviously for the mistake from Etrit Berisha that resulted in the Swiss goal.
The Swiss attacked from both flanks as anticipated and Xherdan Shaqiri was key to most of their attacking endeavours, however Haris Seferovic was so awful in attack and snatched at most of the chances presented to him. This begs the question of whether Petkovic will keep the faith with him in the Romania game as he has the quality of Josip Drmic and wonderkid Breel Embolo on the bench both of whom, in my opinion, should have started the game ahead of Seferovic.
Romania only scored against the French from the penalty spot and didn't look like threatening the French goal too much throughout the game. Their game plan was definitely to frustrate the French and play the role of spoilers rather than try and stand toe to toe with them, and it almost worked. It took a piece of real quality from man of the moment Payet to decide that game, this time you have to feel that Romania need to go for it more, especially as they need to get some points on the board. Do they have the required quality to cause the Swiss problems? My initial thought would be no but considering how many times they let the previously blunt attack of 10 man Albania behind the back line and one on one with Sommer, Romania will think that they can take something from this game.
Switzerland should win this game and if they improve slightly from a defensive point of view, the Romanians are not as adept at the back as Albania are so they should be rewarded with a couple of goals.
Switzerland have the much better team and 3 points already under their belt. If they win this, they're through to the knockout stages with a game to spare and they don't have to rely on a result against group favourites France which would be a really tough game to play if they needed to win. The pace of this Swiss team should prove too much for an aging Romania team, Romania need to go for it this game to set up a tasty encounter against Albania so expect to see them be slightly more adventurous.
If Switzerland get into their stride and score another early goal as they did against the Albanians, then this could be a long game for Romania. All it takes is for Seferovic to discover his shooting boots or his replacement to take his chance in the team and we could see a few goals here.
I can't see Romania scoring a goal here, they got lucky against France but I think Switzerland will score early, and then as the game goes on, Romania will realise that they need a goal and push forward. This is when Switzerland will punish them with another goal.
I think the Swiss will bag another early goal and then bag one late on as well. The Romanians are good at spoiling other teams play but as time ticks on they will have to chance their game plan.
I know he didn't score last game but he came very close on a couple of occasions. I also noted that Dzemaili seems to be taking the direct free kicks which gives him another opportunity to score. He's not afraid to shoot and if he plays just behind the striker again he is going to be looking for goals.
Fabian Schar scored in the last game and is a clear threat from set pieces, but a little known fact about Schar is that he is a specialist penalty taker and the Swiss could designate him to take them. I imagine that the odds of him scoring would be quite high due to him being a centre back, however being a decent penalty taker elevates his chance of scoring and is therefore a good bet to stick a couple of quid on.