Wales and Switzerland will kick off the weekend festivities in Euro 2020 as the two Group A teams go head-to-head in their opening group game on Saturday.
The Welshmen went on a deep run in the last edition of this tournament but face a tough group and they have a significantly different team from the 2016 team this time around.
There is little to choose between these two sides and we fancy this will be a cracking game here. Our focus will be on Odibets free bet prices in this preview.
With Wales head coach and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs embroiled in a domestic assault case, Rob Page will be the man in the Welsh dugout in his stead at the Euro 2020. He has performed well since taking charge of the team with 4 wins, a draw and a loss to Belgium in the six matches he has overseen.
That amazing 2016 run in France has Welsh fans daring to dream but this is a much-changed team and the prospects of another glorious run look dim.
Page will look to Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Tottenham forward Gareth Bale to reignite the spirit of the 2016 run and carry them at least past this tough group.
The Swiss showed out at the latest edition of the Nations League, in which they held Germany to draws at home and away as well as another draw with Spain, avoiding relegation at the expense of Ukraine.
Vladimir Petkovic’s side are in great spirits coming to Baku as they are currently riding a six-game winning streak which includes World Cup qualifying games against Bulgaria and Lithuania.
A 7-0 thrashing over lowly Liechtenstein in their final preparation match may have been good for their morale but the task at hand here in the opener is going to be tougher.
As is usual for most openers, we expect a close encounter. With the possibility of three teams from four making it to the last 16 in some groups, the focus for most teams will be to avoid opening day defeat to give themselves a chance down the road. This is likely to be the case here. We foresee Wales setting themselves up solid defensively and trying to hit on the counter. This is likely to attract a lot of pressure from the Swiss side and we can see them camping in the final third for a significant chunk of the game which should see them winning more corners. A price of 1.47 for Switzerland to win more corners looks attractive enough and we are backing it as our first betting tip here.
Matches such as this tend to be very physical and this draws our attention to the cards markets. Wales have collected 6 cards in their last 2 games. Switzerland have some skillful forward players such as Xerdan Shaqiri of Liverpool and Breel Embolo of Moenchengladbach who will exert lots of pressure on their backline. The Swiss also have Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka who has by all accounts been a fouling machine in the EPL. We foresee a busy afternoon for the center referee and we fancy Over 3.5 Bookings at 1.75 as our final call here.
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