The long-awaited UEFA Euro 2020 has arrived, and the group stage began on Friday in Rome, with Turkey losing to Italy. Wales will face Switzerland in the second Matchday 1 Group A match, which will take place on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.
Best Tip: Switzerland to win at FT
- Wales have lost 3-0 to France and drawn 0-0 with Albania in their warm-up games
- Switzerland have won their last five matches
Swiss can close in on the Last 16
In Group A, there is a three-team contest for second and third place, with Italy, favored to lead the group. Wales and Switzerland will both be hoping to get off to a flying start in Baku this weekend, with a win in the tournament's second encounter essentially ensuring a place in the last 16.
Switzerland has competed in major tournaments before. They rarely miss one, and when they do, they usually make it past the group stage. Meanwhile, Wales will most certainly be unable to recapture the magic of their unexpected run in France due to behind-the-scenes issues. The Swiss are the favorites in this one, according to our forecasts.
Swiss to outclass Wales
Rob Page has stepped in to lead the Welsh national squad this summer, with Ryan Giggs on leave owing to his ongoing court case. However, his scant experience as a manager in the English Football League's lower divisions suggests that Wales will not make the final four this time.
Despite a dearth of skill, their Euro 2016 journey was founded on defensive steadiness and players taking risks in key situations. Wales aren't performing at their best right now, having lost 3-0 to France and drawn 0-0 with Albania in their last two games.
Switzerland has won their previous five games heading into the Euros, and we expect them to continue their winning ways. With the Welsh facing increasing difficulties, we believe Switzerland is the best value alternative.
Gareth Bale, on the other hand, will be a menace for the underdogs and might put Yann Sommer to the test. Bale scored nine goals in his final five games for Spurs and averaged 1.8 shots on target per game in the Nations League for Wales.
Wales: Ward; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Allen, Ampadu, Williams; James, Wilson, Bale
Switzerland: Sommer; Elvedi, Schär, Akanji; Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodríguez; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferović
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