Razvan Rat
Will Romania's coach Anghel Iordanescu start with Razvan Rat in the back four? Pictured: Romania's Razvan Rat stretches during training on June 14, 2016.Reuters

All the Euro 2016 teams have played once so far, and most of the matches have been really tight. Switzerland's clash against Romania is expected to fall in the same bracket on Wednesday. The match promises to be a classic encounter as players from both the teams play with high energy and a never-give-up attitude until the final whistle.

Switzerland might lie second in their group, after a 1-0 win over Albania in their opening game, but Romania are going to be a much tougher outfit, as France witnessed in the Euro 2016 opener. The hosts required a stunning winning goal from Dimitri Payet in the dying minutes to break Romanian hearts.

Romania will take plenty of positives from their last match, and will be keen to deliver against Switzerland. If they put up another similar resilient performance, they might earn their first points of Euro 2016. This Group A game could be the most important match in the pool, considering France are favourites to top the group. A victory for Switzerland, who face France in their last group game, will virtually seal their place in the last 16.

Romania were the best defensive team in the Euro 2016 qualifying stages, conceding just two goals. It remains to be seen if their coach Anghel Iordanescu will make changes from their last team. Iordanescu might drop Razvan Rat to the bench after he could not cope with the pace of the French offensive players in their opening game. However, his experience could come handy in such a crunch game. The coach has a tough call to make - play the veteran or Steliano Filip, who has featured in a number of positions in the past.

Florin Andone and Bogdan Stancu are going to be the key players up front for Romania.

Switzerland did not make many changes in their starting XI during the Euro 2016 qualifying matches, and it is with their same core group of players, that they have been impressive. Coach Vladimir Petkovic is not a fan of ringing in the changes. With Switzerland possessing quality players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Admir Mehmedi, the trio can lead Switzerland to another victory.

Overall, the coach will want his players to come up with a better performance against Romania. Though Switzerland defeated Albania with a narrow 1-0 scoreline, they can play much better than they did in their opening game.  

Expected starting XI: Romania: Tatarusanu, Sapunaru, Chriches, Grigore, Rat, Stanciu, Hoban, Pintilii, Popa, Stancu, Andone

Switzerland: Sommer, Rodriguez, Djourou, Schar, Lichsteiner, Xhaka, Behrami, Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Mehmedi, Seferovic

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