Date: 12 June, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM IST
Venue: Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan
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Wales are set to lock horns with Switzerland in their opening encounter of the European Championship on June 12, at Baku Olympic Stadium. The sides are part of a tricky Group A, featuring Turkey and Italy, which opened the Euro 2020, with Italy smashing the Burak Yilmaz –led side 3-0. In a group like this, every match could prove to be vital in deciding the final standings.
With two quality sides led by top managers, the two teams will look forward to advance to the knockout stages by registering a win, right from their first game of UEFA Euro 2020.
Robert Page will have a fully fit squad to choose from, as the team as reported no injuries.
Granit Xhaka-led Switzerland has an almost fit squad for their opening encounter; however there are doubts over the availability of Joe Morrell.
Wales head into the Euros after failing to win both of their international friendly matches that took place ahead of Euro 2020. The Bale-led side suffered a 3-0 defeat to defending World Cup champions France, with the second game ending up in a goalless draw against Albania. Having being knocked out in Euro 2016 semis, Wales would look forward to an even better campaign this year, under the guidance of Robert Page.
On the other hand, Switzerland came into the European Championship with a whopping 7-1 win against Liechtenstein and a 2-1 win against the USA in the international friendlies, continuing their phenomenal form with a seven-game unbeaten run. However, being a part of a competitive Group A with the likes of Turkey, Italy and Wales, Vladimir Petković’s men will have to go through a daunting challenge to make it to the knockout stage.
Probable Playing XI
Ward; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Allen, Ampadu, Williams; Bale, Wilson, James
Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Schar; Mbabu, Xhaka, Freuler, Rodriguez; Shaqiri; Gavranovic, Seferovic
Defenders: Elvedi, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez, Davies
Midfielders: Xhaka, Shaqiri, Wilson, Freuler
Forwards: Gavranovic, Seferovic, Bale, James
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