Euro Betting: Wales vs Switzerland 12 June 15:00
Group Stage | Group A | Baku
The second game of the tournament brings the second fixture of Group A. The team who BOB Sports has become the exclusive global betting sponsor of – Wales, against Switzerland.
Historically, two sides with minnow status, both Wales and Switzerland enjoyed strong qualifying campaigns, and won’t want to let progress slide.
Wales finished second in their group behind a tough Croatia team, with the best defensive record in the group to continue their recent successes in qualifying for major tournaments.
The Swiss topped their group, ahead of Denmark and Ireland respectively, and losing just once. Add to this, hard-fought draws against Spain and Germany in the Nations League, and it promises to be a competitive game between two tough sides.
Squads & Line-ups
With the increased squad size allowance of 26, there is lesser chances of surprise exclusions and more chance of surprise inclusions.
Allowing for fitness, we can fully expect to see Captain Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, and Tottenham’s Ben Davies all playing key parts of the Welsh squad. And after being part of the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament, Joe Allen should also be more than a strong contender. There is also great expectation on a few young guns, with the likes of Ethan Ampadu, Daniel James, and Harry Wilson expected to make their mark on the tournament.
For Switzerland, a 29-man provisional squad has been named, including 3 uncapped – yet not wildcard – picks in Dan Ndoye, Andi Zeqiri and Gregor Kobel.
With upcoming pre-tournament friendlies against the USA and Liechtenstein, we can expect the squad to be refined by the June 1st deadline, but inevitably it should include national stars like Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri, and Benfica’s Haris Seferovic.
The Swiss have the edge in head-to-head meetings, winning four matches to Wales’ one. Yet that singular victory was the last meeting; a Gareth Bale-inspired 2-0 Euro 2012 qualifier and Wales’ first victory against Switzerland since 1951!
Notably, Switzerland have won the other four meetings, conceding just one goal.
Both sides made the knockout stages of Euro 2016, with Switzerland falling in the first knockout round and Wales surpassing expectations to reach the semi-finals, only losing to eventual winners, Portugal.
Prior to this, Wales’ best Euro performance was the quarter-finals way back in 1976, whilst Switzerland have a consistent record of qualifying, but not progressing past the first knockout stage.
Will Wales continue their recent tournament successes, or will Switzerland slay the Welsh dragon?