In a clash of the top two teams in Group I, already-qualified Romania and Switzerland will vie for the top position in their Euro 2024 qualification group.
Romania leads Group I with 19 points, two points ahead of Switzerland in second place. The outcome of this match will determine which pot the teams will be placed in for the finals draw, influencing their draw positions significantly.
The Tricolours have secured a spot in the Euro 2024 finals and need only a draw to secure first place in the group, earning them a place in Pot 2. Switzerland, on the other hand, must win to secure a Pot 2 placement.
In their reverse fixture, Romania and Switzerland played to a 2-2 draw. Romania comes into this game following consecutive wins against Andorra and Israel, while Switzerland drew their last three matches.
Romania will miss Valentin Mihaila due to suspension after his red card against Israel. Otherwise, they have a fit squad and may field a similar lineup from the previous game, featuring George Puscas and Nicolae Stanciu in pivotal roles.
Switzerland, led by coach Murat Yakin, is likely to maintain their lineup from the previous match.
Noah Okafor might play as the central forward, supported by Ruben Vargas and Xherdan Shaqiri in attack. Manuel Akanji, Granit Xhaka, and Denis Zakaria are also expected to start.
Ratiu, Dragusin, Burca, Bancu;
Hagi, Stanciu, Dragus;
Comert, Akanji, Elvedi, U Garcia;
Zakaria, Xhaka, Freuler;
Shaqiri, Okafor, Vargas
Prediction: Romania 1-1 Switzerland
Considering Switzerland’s recent string of draws and Romania’s solid form, we predict a low-scoring draw. Romania might secure the top spot in the group, entering Pot 2 for the finals draw.