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Romania Faces Swiss in Key Game

Vlad Chiriches Romania Fabian Schar Switzerland Euro 2016

Romania has had a few days to mend from a heartbreaking defeat in their opener against France but the competition doesn’t get any easier as they tangle with Switzerland as Group A action continues Wednesday.

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  • Romania won the last meeting between these two 1-0 back in 2012.
  • Romania was just one win in its last five matches overall.
  • Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic had four shots on goal versus Albania.

Online book Bovada is presently offering Switzerland at +135 in moneyline markets while Romania is +235 and the Draw is +210. In spread betting, the game is tabbed as a Pick with the Swiss -160 and Romania at +130. As for the total, OVER 2 goals is -125 and UNDER 2 goals is Even.

Dimitri Payet gave France a 2-1 victory despite a valiant effort from the Romanians against the host nation last week. Bogdan Stancu evened the scoreline in the 65th minute with a penalty kick before Payet solidified all three points for France with a stunner in the 89th minute.

Romania was on the back foot for most of the game but defended well as France had 59.2 percent of the ball and outshot Romania 14-10.

Switzerland scored early in their opener against Albania and sat on that lead en route to a 1-0 win. The Swiss were happy to absorb any kind of attack from the Albanians as they only had 53 percent possession and were outshot 15-7.

Switzerland’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer came up with a big save or two but it was center back Fabian Schar who dominated the game, scoring Switzerland’s goal and winning five aerial battles (losing zero) and passing the ball at a 91 percent success rate.