Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
There will be fireworks when Wales and Switzerland take on each other at Baku Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Dragons aim to kick off their EURO 2020 campaign in style, but they are seen as underdogs in their opener. Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has recovered in time for the showpiece tournament, while star attacker Gareth Bale is widely expected to lead the line for the nominal hosts. Manchester United winger Daniel James should be fit for Saturday’s clash as well.
The Rossocrociati, on the other hand, were impressive in pre-EURO friendlies, with the team beating all Finland, USA, and Liechtenstein. Bosnian tactician Vladimir Petkovic is doing a good job with Switzerland, who are surely capable of matching Wales in Baku. A man to watch in the away team will be Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, who has 94 caps for the Switzerland national team. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards in Azerbaijan, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Gareth Bale):
Gareth Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a winger. “Bailo” was born in Cardiff on 16 July, 1989 and, as expected, he played for his home-town club Cardiff Civil Service at the start of his youth career. He moved to Southampton’s football academy in 1999 and he made a great progress during his spell with the Saints.
Bale made 40 league appearances for the first team and it has to be noted that he played as a full back at the start of his senior career. In 2007 he signed a contract with Tottenham Hotspur and he was producing thrilling performances with the White Hart Lane outfit from 2007 to 2013. Real Madrid chiefs did well to sign him on 1 September, 2013 for a fee of €91 million.
The Welsh winger won two Champions League trophies with los Blancos (2013/2014, 2015/2016) and, speaking of his international career, he made it to the European Championship finals with Wales. The Welsh ace scored three goals at the showpiece tournament in France as the Dragons reached the semi-final.
Highlighted Team (Switzerland):
While missing the first ever World Cup, Switzerland played at next four, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions, but they were unable to repeat the success in next six appearances. Nati reached the first knockout stage in 1994, 2006 and 2014, but they couldn’t make the next step.
When it comes to their European Championship appearances, the situation is even worse, as the team only qualified for the 1996, 2004 and 2016 finals, while they automatically qualified for the 2008 tournament together with co-hosts Austria. Switzerland national team of late have profited from the multicultural environment, as they appear to have closed the gap behind top European sides and also adopted a more adventurous style of play.
The new generation is probably the most talented yet, with players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez and Valon Behrami all held in high regard. Nati now have a unique chance to try and reach the closing stages of a major tournament as their key men are either at their peak or will be there in the next couple of years.