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Switzerland have a good record against Wales and will be keen to kick-off Euro 2020 with a win as their next two group games are against Turkey and Italy. Wales are expected to struggle in Group A but this nation defied the odds in the last Euros when they reached the semi-finals, so you can't write them off.
Read on for our full match preview and prediction for Wales vs Switzerland in the European Championship.
Wales vs Switzerland: Best Free Bets
- Prediction one: Full-Time Result – Switzerland to Win
- Prediction two: Both Teams to Score – BTTS
- Prediction three: Anytime Goalscorer – Mario Gavranovic to Score
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Switzerland to Win
Switzerland have won four of their five previous games against Wales and despite losing the pair's last encounter, we're backing the Swiss to secure all 3pts on Saturday. Wales failed to win either of their warm-up games ahead of the Euros, losing 3-0 against France and drawing 0-0 with Albania. Switzerland have won each of their last six international matches, running out 7-0 victors in their last game against Liechtenstein. Wales performed so well at Euro 2016 but their star players haven't been performing as well as they did back then, with Ramsey struggling with his fitness and Bale not scoring as many goals as he used to.
Wales have found the back of the net in four of their last six matches and with Bale in their side, they will always carry a threat going forward and from set-pieces. Both teams have scored in three of Switzerland's last five fixtures, which will give Wales a much-needed confidence boost ahead of Saturday's clash. However, Switzerland look very dangerous in the final-third having scored 19-goals in their last six matches.
Mario Gavranovic to Score
Gavranovic netted 4-goals in Swiss friendlies this year, scoring a hat-trick against Liechtenstein last time out. The 31-year-old striker enjoyed his most successful season in front of goal with Dinamo Zagreb, scoring 16-goals in 21 starts for the Croatian club, so you can see why we've backed this in-form frontman to score against Wales. Gavranovic has a good record at international level, scoring 14 times in 30 caps.
Everything you need to know ahead of Wales vs Switzerland
Wales hoping to make a winning start to Euro 2020
Wales drew 0-0 with Albania in their final warm-up game and there is bound to be some pressure on the Welsh player's shoulders this weekend, following the nation's fantastic performance at the last European Championship. Many of the players who played in that tournament remain in the Wales squad but they are aging and there is probably more pressure on Bale to perform given the lack of fitness of Ramsey. Moore will be hoping to impress upfront after his excellent performances for Cardiff City in the Championship, James and Brooks will be expected to support the attack from midfield. The centre-back positions raise some concern for Wales and could prove to be their downfall in this tournament. Bale could bet set to retire at the end of this tournament and if that is the case, the Real Madrid man will be looking to go out in style.
Switzerland maintained their good run of form in their pre-tournament friendlies against USA and Liechtenstein, picking up two wins, scoring 9-goals and only conceding one goal. The Swiss are the favourites to win this game and you can see why when you look at their squad. Sommer is an experienced goalkeeper and leader at the back, Schar, Rodriguez, Elvedi and Akanji are solid at the back and offer threats from set-pieces. The midfield is packed with talent including Shaqiri, Xhaka, Zakaria and Zuber, while upfront Seferovic, Embolo, Mehmedi and Gavranovic all offer a goal threat. Getting off to a winning start will be important to both of these teams with Turkey and Italy still to come, with a draw for either side could prove to be a disappointing result.
Wales vs Switzerland – Q&A
- Where can I watch this game in the UK? – BBC One / S4C / BBC iPlayer
- What was the score when these sides last met? – Wales 2-0 Switzerland, 7/10/11
- Who are the favourites to win? – Switzerland are the bookmaker's favourite