Are you ready for some more Euro 2020 action? We hope you are because in this article we will discuss with you the game between Wales and Switzerland from Group A of the competition. This article is part of our free football picks for today. Let’s get to work!
Five years ago in France, Wales made the most outstanding performance in their history so far. Managed by Chris Coleman and led by stars like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the Dragons reached the 1/2-finals of the competition. It’d most likely be a while before Wales repeats this success and does something like this again. All Welsh fans won’t ever forget the incredible summer of 2016.
Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are still part of Wales’ team, although they are five years older now. They are going to be the players who must lead the team by example and with their experience at the highest level in European football. Meanwhile, players like Manchester United’s Daniel James, Stoke City’s Joe Allen, Tottenham Hotspur’s Ben Davies, and Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu are bringing some quality to the team as well.
How did Wales do during the qualifying phase of the European Championship? The Dragons did well enough to finish second in their group and avoid participating in the playoffs. They won 14 points in their group and finished right behind the group winner Croatia. It was a solid performance by the British team. Some people doubted that Wales could qualify, but the team proved them wrong.
Wales’ biggest worry right now is their managerial situation. The team was rocked by the news that Ryan Giggs won’t be able to coach the team during the Euro. The Manchester United legend is currently investigated for assaulting two women, so he was relieved from his duty as Wales manager. At the European Championship, the team will be coached by the caretaker Rob Page. Indeed this is an enormous hit on Wales’ ambition as Giggs was doing his work really good so far. He’s a true icon of Welsh football, so his presence in the dressing room would have been a fantastic motivation to the players.
In their last friendly game before the Euro, Wales faced Albania in Cardiff, but the game ended with a 0-0 draw. The caretaker Rob Page used a classic 3-5-2 formation with Tyler Roberts and David Brooks in attack while Gareth Bale entered the pitch in the second half.
Bale’s last season is a worry for the Welsh fans. The striker returned to the Premier League and put on the Tottenham shirt again, but his season was a bit controversial. Bale could not win a starting place in the Spurs’ team for a long time, and he spent some time on the bench. Now the question is – can Bale really make a difference for Wales at the Euro? Some rumors are suggesting that he’s going to end his career after the tournament.
Switzerland enters the competition after an impressive qualifying campaign in which they beat Denmark and the Republic of Ireland for the first place in their group. Still managed by the Bosnian tactician Vladimir Petkovic, the Crusaders lost just one of their EC qualifying games. In the last 10 or 15 years, Switzerland is a country that holds a high level regarding its national team.
At this moment, the Swiss team finds itself in good shape. Petkovic’ boys are enjoying a run of six consecutive wins in their last six matches, which is putting them at a good place before the start of the Euro.
In their last friendly game, Switzerland faced Liechtenstein in St. Gallen and enjoyed a spectacular 7-0 win. The hero of the game was Dinamo Zagreb’s Mario Gavranovic, who shined with a hattrick for the hosts. At the same time, Christian Fassnacht added two more for the Swiss side, while Edimilson Fernandes scored one as well.
Let’s have a look at Switzerland’s team as well. Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka is the captain of the squad and one of the most essential players in the midfield area. Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri adds creativity to the starting eleven, while Borussia M’gladbach’s Denis Zakaria is crucial for bringing a defensive balance between the defense and the midfield.
Newcastle United’s Fabian Schar continues to be one of the most important figures in Switzerland’s defensive line. Schar is now one of the best players in the squad, and he gained some precious experience in the Premier League. His performance in defense would be crucial for his team’s results during the competition. Wolfsburg’s Kevin Mbabu, Basel’s Silvan Widmer and Nice’s Jordan Lotomba must help as well.
In the attacking line, Vladimir Petkovic should use his best strikers Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic. Embolo is a consistent performer for one of the best Bundesliga teams at the moment, while Seferovic scored 26 goals for the Portuguese giants last season. These two players can help the Swiss side to reach the knockout phase of the Euro with their goals.
One of Switzerland’s most significant advantages is the quality and experience of their head coach Vladimir Petkovic. Former manager of teams like Lazio and Young Boys, Petkovic is coaching the Swiss side since 2014. His tactical ability could prove to be a significant factor for Switzerland’s success in the competition. Petkovic has won 40 of his 73 matches with Switzerland so far, and that’s some good record. Quality performance at the Euro would be one of Vladimir Petkovic’ most outstanding achievements so far.
That’s the free football picks for today for the Euro 2020 match between Wales and Switzerland from Group A. According to most pundits and us, the Swiss team has the edge here. Wales was seriously hurt by what happened with their manager Ryan Giggs, and this could prove to be a severe problem for the Dragons. At the same time, Switzerland is showing an impressive shape lately as they won their last six matches. Let’s see if this could be a sign that they are ready for something more this summer.