Romania vs Switzerland
Romania vs Switzerland
Kick-Off at 20:45 (GMT+1)
Tuesday evening sees a showdown between the top two teams in Group I, where the already-qualified Romania and Switzerland vie for the lead in their Euro 2024 qualification section.
At the helm with 19 points, Romania leads the group, two ahead of Switzerland. Their final standings will influence their pots in the finals draw.
With five wins and four draws in nine matches, Romania holds the top spot, two points clear of Switzerland and seven ahead of third-placed Israel. Securing their spot in the Euro 2024 finals, a draw would secure Romania first place and a spot in Pot 2 for the finals draw.
A draw would place Romania in Pot 2 and Switzerland in Pot 4. A Romanian win would still position Switzerland in Pot 4 unless they secure all three points, elevating them to Pot 2 and potentially relegating Romania to Pot 3 or 4.
Edward Iordanescu’s squad enters this clash following wins over Andorra and Israel but drew 2-2 with Switzerland in the reverse fixture.
Although Romania missed out on Euro 2020, having been a host nation, they appeared in the 2016 edition, not advancing past the group stage.
Switzerland, drawing 1-1 with Kosovo, marks their third consecutive stalemate in this section, gathering 17 points from four wins and five draws in nine matches, placing them second.
To secure first place and Pot 2, Switzerland needs a win. However, their recent form, with just one win in their last five Group I fixtures, poses a challenge.
Despite missing the 2012 Euros, Switzerland participated in the last two editions, reaching the round of 16 in 2016 and the quarter-finals in 2020. They also reached the last 16 in the 2022 World Cup, maintaining a consistent streak across their last three World Cups.
Valentin Mihaila will be absent for Romania after receiving a red card in the clash against Israel. Despite this setback, the home team appears otherwise fit, with no reported injuries, hinting at a probable unchanged starting XI for the upcoming match.
George Puscas stands as the squad’s second-highest scorer with 11 goals for his country and is anticipated to lead the frontline, supported by captain Nicolae Stanciu, who boasts 14 international goals.
Switzerland might maintain their lineup from the previous game against Kosovo. Noah Okafor, fielded in the central role in the last match, is likely to occupy the same position, alongside Ruben Vargas, who found the net in their previous outing.
Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to retain his place, joined by familiar names such as Manuel Akanji, Granit Xhaka, and Denis Zakaria in the starting lineup.
- Goalkeeper: Moldovan
- Defenders: Ratiu, Dragusin, Burca, Bancu
- Midfielders: Marin, Screciu, Hagi, Stanciu, Dragus
- Forward: Puscas
- Goalkeeper: Sommer
- Defenders: Comert, Akanji, Elvedi, U Garcia
- Midfielders: Zakaria, Xhaka, Freuler
- Forwards: Shaqiri, Okafor, Vargas
*All odds correct at time of writing