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Euro 2016: France vs Albania preview, predicted line-up and match prediction

France take on Albania in their Group A clash in Marseille on Wednesday night hoping to secure their place in the last-16 of Euro 2016.

Much will also depend on the earlier encounter between Switzerland and Romania, although for now, Didier Deschamps’ men will be fully focused on the task in hand.

Albeit needing a late winner from Dimitri Payet to seal all three points against Romania last time out, Les Bleus ultimately deserved the victory as they kick-started their tournament in positive fashion.

While many will expect them to overwhelm the Albanians on Wednesday, their rivals do have good form against them having won a friendly against them 12 months ago while also picking up a 1-1 draw in Rennes in November 2014.

However, the French have won four of the last six meetings, while their rivals have never scored more than one goal against them in a single game.

France start as heavy favourites and will be expected to collect their second win, although it remains to be seen what team Deschamps puts out.

As reported earlier this week, both Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann were at risk of being dropped for the game, with the France boss testing out a new system that would see Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman come into the starting line-up.

It’s unclear as to whether or not he will go through that with move, as many expect the same starting XI as last time out. As for Albania, they will be forced into making a change, with captain Lorik Cana ruled out due to suspension after picking up a red card against the Swiss.

Predicted Line-Ups

France: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra; Kanté, Matuidi; Coman, Payet, Martial; Giroud.

Albania: Berisha; Hysaj, Ajeri, Mavraj, Agolli; Kukeli, Xhaka; Roshi, Abrashi, Lenjani; Sadiku.

Prediction: France 3-0 Albania. Albania will look to frustrate the hosts and try and pull off a major upset with their threat on the counter attack. However, it won’t be enough to deny Deschamps and his men who should have scored more against Romania, while the Swiss were guilty of missing chances too.

It remains to be seen what system France go with, but back them to get the job done and secure another win to potentially advance to the knockout stage.

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