Euro 2020 Wales vs Switzerland: Preview, Predictions, Team News, Betting Tips, Odds
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Wales will be looking to go on another famous European Championship run as they kick off their Euro 2020 against Switzerland on Saturday.
The Dragons went all the way to the semi-finals at Euro 2016, losing out to eventual winners Portugal.
While the Welsh may not be at the peak of their powers, the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Dan James still possess enough quality to cause problems for most sides - but they need to get points on the board this weekend.
The Swiss are in the same position as Wales in that a bad defeat here could mean curtains for their Group A hopes, with Turkey and Italy completing a well-balanced group.
Date, kick-off time and venue
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Wales vs Switzerland is scheduled for a 2pm BST kick-off on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
The match will be held at Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan.
Wales vs Switzerland: Previews
You're never quite sure what you're going to get with this Swiss side; a run of seven games without a win has given way to six consecutive victories, including a 7-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein in their final outing before the curtain-raiser with Wales.
The calibre of opposition during that recent run - Ukraine, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Finland and USA - suggests they are flat-track bullies. The problem facing Petkovic is that several of his players arrive at the tournament a little under-cooked, with Fabian Schär having missed much of the season through injury and Xherdan Shaqiri often over-looked at Liverpool.
Players to watch: Ricardo Rodriguez - The Torino wing-back scored in the international friendly win over USA, and he will provide a constant outlet down the left for Switzerland.
The set-piece and penalty-taking defender is featuring in his fourth tournament for his country having been named in the Swiss squad at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups as well as Euro 2016. His threat from dead ball situations could be key to progress from the group stages.
|Gareth Bale will be key to Wales' chances. Photo: Skysports|
Chris Coleman's heroics of 2016 may prove impossible to replicate, but the core of the players successful in France have been added to by an exciting generation of emerging talent. Gareth Bale will hope to provide the star quality but Harry Wilson's beautiful team goal in the recent outing against Belgium shows there is much more besides to this current squad.
Having shone at their first major tournament for 58 years, the promise of Daniel James, Neco Williams and Ethan Ampadu points to greater depth to Page's squad this time around.
Players to watch: Gareth Bale - Eight clean sheets in 11 games since the start of 2020 points to Wales' defensive strength, and this will lay the foundation to any success this summer, but they will be reliant on Bale to provide the star quality in attack.
The player has been coy over his future at club level - stating that he knows his next move but says revealing it would "cause chaos" ahead of the tournament. Reports on his pending retirement appear premature, but should this prove his swansong in the game, he will want to bow out in style.
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Adam Davies
Defenders: Connor Roberts, Neco Williams, Chris Gunter, Joe Rodon, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Mepham, Ben Cabango, Ben Davies, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Tom Lockyer
Midfielders: Joe Allen, Joe Morrell, Matthew Smith, Jonny Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Dylan Levitt, Rubin Colwill, Harry Wilson
Forwards: Daniel James, David Brooks, Tyler Roberts, Gareth Bale, Kieffer Moore
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer, Jonas Omlin, Yvon Mvogo
Defenders: Fabian Schar, Ricardo Rodriguez, Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, Jordan Lotomba, Becir Omeragic, Silvan Widmer, Loris Benito, Kevin Mbabu, Eray Comert
Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria, Remo Freuler, Edimilson Fernandes, Djibril Sow
Forwards: Haris Seferovic, Admir Mehmedi, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Ruben Vargas, Christian Fassnacht
Wales vs Switzerland: Predictions
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Switzerland have won four of their five previous games against Wales and despite losing the pair's last encounter, we're backing the Swiss to secure all 3pts on Saturday. Wales failed to win either of their warm-up games ahead of the Euros, losing 3-0 against France and drawing 0-0 with Albania. Switzerland have won each of their last six international matches, running out 7-0 victors in their last game against Liechtenstein. Wales performed so well at Euro 2016 but their star players haven't been performing as well as they did back then, with Ramsey struggling with his fitness and Bale not scoring as many goals as he used to.
Wales have found the back of the net in four of their last six matches and with Bale in their side, they will always carry a threat going forward and from set-pieces. Both teams have scored in three of Switzerland's last five fixtures, which will give Wales a much-needed confidence boost ahead of Saturday's clash. However, Switzerland look very dangerous in the final-third having scored 19-goals in their last six matches.
Gavranovic netted 4-goals in Swiss friendlies this year, scoring a hat-trick against Liechtenstein last time out. The 31-year-old striker enjoyed his most successful season in front of goal with Dinamo Zagreb, scoring 16-goals in 21 starts for the Croatian club, so you can see why we've backed this in-form frontman to score against Wales. Gavranovic has a good record at international level, scoring 14 times in 30 caps.
Wales 1-1 Switzerland
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Wales wins: 2
Switzerland wins: 5
Wales vs Switzerland betting tips
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.
Full-time result – Draw @ 2/1 with 888sport
Over 1 card in the match for Wales @ SP with 888sport
Granit Xhaka to be booked @ SP with 888sport
Wales vs Switzerland odds
Wales are 51/20 to win on Saturday, with Switzerland at 5/4 to claim victory in the match. A draw is priced at 2/1.
Wales @ 51/20 with 888sport
Draw @ 2/1 with 888sport
Switzerland @ 5/4 with 888sport
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