Preview - Euro 2020 Wales vs Switzerland 12 June 21

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Euro 2020 Group A
Wales vs Switzerland
Saturday, June 12th, 2021
22:00pm (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Baki Olimpiya Stadionu

Wales:
Last five matches form: L W W L D
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.70
Top Scorer: Gareth Bale (33)

Switzerland:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 2.40
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.10
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri (23)


The Group A action continues in Baku with this clash between Wales and Switzerland. Italy are hot favourites to top this section, but second place looks wide open making this fixture potentially crucial in determining who makes it through.

Not too much between these two at all in the FIFA World Rankings, with Wales in 17th spot and Switzerland 13th.

This will be the eighth meeting between the sides, with the previous seven seeing five wins for Switzerland and two for Wales.

No injury concerns for either side headed into this one.

It's been a mixed build up for Wales who arrive here on the back of a 3-0 defeat to France and a goalless draw with Albania. Having scored one or fewer in twelve of their last 13, they are going to need to find some goals from somewhere if they are to progress in the competition. That said, they have kept a clean sheet in nine of 13 so have at least been solid at the back.

Switzerland would appear to be in significantly better form and will be seeking a seventh win on  the spin here, scoring two or more in five of those six successes.

We like the Swiss in this matchup, with Vladimir Petković's men looking to boast a significant attacking edge.

Prediction: Wales 1 - 2 Switzerland

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 9 - 18
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 12
Possession: 36% - 64%
Referee: Clement Turpin

Cards:
Wales: Kieffer Moore (Yellow)
Switzerland: Fabian Schaer (Yellow), Kevin Mbabu (Yellow)

Goals:
49 minutes 0-1 (Breel Embolo): Switzerland had been looking extremely dangerous from set-pieces from the off and finally made one pay at the start of the second half. Xherdan Shaqiri swinging over the corner from the right-hand side, Embolo getting to it around six yards out and central to head down and in to the left hand side.

74 minutes 1-1 (Kieffer Moore): Wales levelling with a corner routine of their own. Working a short routine from the right to Joe Morrell around 20 yards out to the right. Morrell swinging the ball in and Moore onto it to send an excellent header into the left-hand side from around ten yards out to the right.


Analysis:
A fairly even affair in the opening exchanges. Switzerland beginning to boss the ball but not really doing all that much with it, with their only real chance coming through a Kevin Mbabu header which looper just beyond the far post.

It was Wales who then came closest to opening the scoring when Kieffer Moore saw his solid headed effort denied by a superb one handed save from Yann Sommer.

Switzerland's then worked the Wales keeper through a clever flicked Fabian Schaer effort following a corner. And not long before the break the Swiss looked sure to open the scoring, only for Haris Seferovic to fire wide from seven yards.

The pattern of play was largely the same in the second half, Switzerland having much the better of it in terms of possession and chances, but being unable to pull further ahead. Credit to Wales for sticking to the task though, and given how the game went they will be the happier of the two sides to have gained a point from their opener.


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