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Wales vs Switzerland, UEFA Euro 2020, Today Match Prediction

Baku, Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu



Surprise package Wales kick off campaign against solid journeymen Switzerland

  • Wales reached the Semi Finals of the 2016 Euros
  • They boast big name players such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey
  • Switzerland have plenty of experience, but have never delivered in a major tournament

Wales 1-1 Switzerland

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020 | Venue: Baku, Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu

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Five years ago, Wales took the hearts of millions of football fans around the world, shocking their way right through to the Semi Finals, beating the likes of Belgium as they did so.

They were helped, in no small part, by Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale being at the peak of his powers, and with other members of the squad playing at their very best, with eventual champions Portugal eventually stopping them in their tracks.

The Welsh have developed an impressive habit of picking up important results and have added a string of new talent to their team since that successful tournament five years past.

Switzerland have usually undelivered in their previous appearances. In four tournaments, they have only progressed from the group stage once, and have never gone beyond the Round of 16. 

There are plenty of familiar faces in their ranks, not least Liverpool’s Shaqiri and Arsenal’s Xhaka, but can they start delivering here?

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World Ranking: 17

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Semi Finals, 2016

Predicted Finish This Year: Group Stage

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Enjoyed a five-game unbeaten run in qualifying

     Often outperform expectations at major tournaments

Reasons to be fearful:

     Only eight players remain from five years ago, and their quality has declined

     Poor build-up, losing to France and drawing to Albania

Wales don’t often reach major tournaments, but when they do, they usually turn a few heads, such as when they reached the Quarter Finals of the 1958 World Cup, or the Semi Finals of the Euros five years ago.

Their build up to the tournament this time around has been less than perfect, however. Full-time manager Ryan Giggs was removed from his role pending an upcoming court case against him, and their two warm-up games didn’t go as well as expected.

In addition, big names Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have suffered through disappointing periods in their career of late, although Bale did enjoy a better end to the season.

Star Man – Gareth Bale

His loan spell at Spurs didn’t go as plan by any means, but Bale loves pulling on the Red shirt of Wales, and will give his all for his country here.

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World Ranking: 13

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Round of 16

Predicted Finish This Year: Round of 16

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Won last six games in a row

     Plenty of talented players in their squad

Reasons to be fearful:

     Often end up disappointing at tournaments

     Especially difficult group to progress from

The Swiss are a nation with plenty of past experience at these Championships, this will be their fifth after all.

There is just something about them, however, that doesn’t quite click into place despite some of the very talented players they have in their squad.

Their two main strikers have 45 goals between them over the past season and, with the likes of Shaqiri, Xhaha and Freuler backing them up, they should have a decent chance of escaping a tough group, especially with as many as three teams qualifying for the Round of 16.

Whether they can progress any further, is up for debate. 

As a fun fact, the other three teams in Switzerland’s group have all made the Semi Finals of a Euros in previous years.

Star Man – Haris Seferovic 

Scored 26 goals in his 40 games for Portuguese club Benfica this season, and will be confident of continuing his form here.

     Could be a tight game with few clear cut chances

     Can Bale be Wales’ savior again?

     Neither side will want to lose in what is a very tough group

With Italy likely to top Group A, Turkey, Wales and Switzerland are fighting out for the remaining spot to guarantee automatic progression to the Round of 16. It’s one of the toughest groups in the competition this year.

Wales and Switzerland know that they cannot afford to get their campaign off to a poor defeat, and will set themselves up accordingly.

Even after the poor season he has endured, Bale still has the quality to win games for Wales, but Switzerland should not be underestimated.

Wales 1-1 Switzerland


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Author: Ross B.