Group A of Euro 2016 comes to a conclusion on Sunday, as Romania and Albania go head-to-head, while Didier Deschamps' hosts France face neighbours Switzerland. Both teams need a win to have a chance of making the knockout stages.
Romania have collected just one point from their two games so far, with both of their goals coming from the penalty spot. Anghel Iordanescu’s side have looked limited going forward so far and it is hardly surprising considering that they scored just 11 goals in qualification.
Their strength is defence, having conceded just twice in qualifying they have conceded three times in their opening games. Iordanescu’s side have a very respectable record in recent months, having suffered just two defeats in their last 22 outings, although a lot of those games did result in draws.
Romania also have a very good record against Albania, having won 12 of their 16 meetings, with Albania winning just twice. Albania have also never beaten Romania in eight competitive meetings, with Romania winning six and two games finishing in draws. Iordanescu’s side will go into this clash as favourites.
Albania have lost both of their games in France, but have produced two decent displays against Switzerland and France. Both games the Eagles have put in solid defensive displays, but were eventually broken down.
Their attacking prowess has not yet been fully displayed due to circumstances, as they were reduced to ten men in their opening game and then were slightly cautious against a very talented French team in their last outing.
Gianni De Blasi’s side’s lack of goals is not a surprise either, as they scored just ten goals to make it to their first ever European Championships. Albania will have to go for victory in this clash if they are to have any hope of making the knockout stages, as only a win give them the possibility of making the knockout stages.
In the other game in the group hosts France face Switzerland in Lille, as both teams look to secure top spot in the group.
Switzerland have picked-up four in their two games in France and are in a good position to secure second spot. Unlike some of their group rivals Switzerland were relatively free-scoring in qualifying scoring 24 goals.
However, Vladimir Petkovic’s team have not been at their best going forward in the group. Star playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri has been underwhelming so far and much more will be expected of the Stoke star if as expected his team make it to the knockout stages.
Hosts France have won both their group games so far, but have not been convincing in the wins over Romania or Albania. Les Bleus have needed late goals in both games to win their matches against inferior teams.
Didier Deschamps team’s record in recent months has been impressive, as they have won 11 of their last 12 outings, with the exception being a 2-0 defeat by England in the wake of terror attacks in Paris.
France boss Deschamps may choose to rest some of his key players in an attempt to keep them fresh for the knockout stages. The likes of Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi have under-perform and they could be rested or dropped for this clash.
Even not at full strength France will head into this game as favourites and should have enough quality in the starting line-up to win the game. A draw will be enough to ensure that France tops the group and Switzerland go through as runners-up.