Switzerland will face Wales in UEFA EURO 2020 Group A action in Baku on Saturday, June 12 at 15:00 CET.
What is the backstory?
Wales, who advanced to the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finals, will be aiming for the stars once more as their Group B campaign begins in Russia against a Switzerland side that also advanced to the group stage last time out. Switzerland has won five of the sides’ seven matches, with each team winning at home when they were last paired together in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying.
Where can I watch the game live?
Fans can locate their local UEFA EURO 2020 broadcast clicking here.
Lineups which can be used
Wales; Ward, Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Allen, Ampadu, Williams; James, Wilson, Bale
Switzerland; Sommer, Elvedi, Schär, Akanji; Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodrguez; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovi
Wales reporter Matthew Howarth: Wales’ recent games have been low-scoring affairs, and this one is likely to be as well. Rob Page’s team concede possession while attacking with the pace of Daniel James and Gareth Bale – a strategy that could be very effective against a Switzerland team that has looked vulnerable in defense. If the Dragons are willing to take risks, there is no reason why they cannot start their Group A campaign on a high note.
Vieri Capretta, Switzerland reporter: Under Vladimir Petkovi, Switzerland has a very nice style with plenty of attacking threat. Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler form a strong midfield partnership that will make it difficult for the Swiss to break down. They could advance from the group stage and become a team that no one wants to face in the knockout stage.
What the coaches have had to say
Wales’ coach, Robert Page: “Leading the boys out as head coach will be a great moment for me and a very proud day. [Whatever I say to the players] will come from the heart – tactics will be thrown out the window. What the Red Wall, your home fans, want to see is you representing your country. [The players] will be prepared, but they cannot be overly pumped because they must also play with their heads. It’s all about striking the right balance.”
“[Wales] are awkward customers: very compact defensively and good in one-on-one situations,” says Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovi. They also have a lot of good quality in the pitch’s final third. We want to dominate play, keep possession of the ball, dictate the tempo of the game, and have a cutting edge in the final third where we can score goals. To accomplish all of this, we must be laser-focused.”
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