Euro 2020 Group A Betting Preview
Despite not having some of the biggest names in European football, Group A might actually make for some of the closest games in the group stage this year. Italy are undoubtedly the favourites, but there’s plenty to keep an eye on with the other three teams in this group as well.
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Manager - Roberto Mancini Captain - Giorgio Chiellini Star Player - Ciro Immobile Best Euro Finish - Winners (1968)
Italy come into Euro 2020 on the longest unbeaten run of any side in the competition. The Azzurri have won their last eight games and are considered one of the dark horses coming into this tournament. They obviously have plenty of experience at the highest level, with their whole squad playing amongst Europe’s elite. Similar to Italy squads of the past, Roberto Mancini has picked a squad that somehow balances older, more experienced players, with exciting young talents that could spring a surprise. For every Chiellini, Bonucci and Sirigu, there’s a Donnurumma, Locatelli and Chiesa. The blend combines well to make Italy a solid side throughout with plenty of options to choose from. They should easily make their way out of Group A and set themselves up with an easier fixture in the Round of 16.
Manager - Vladimir Petkovic Captain - Granit Xhaka Star Player - Yann Sommer Best Euro Finish - Round of 16 (2016)
Switzerland are one of those sides that regularly make international competitions but rarely actually make a run late into the competition. They’ve reached the knockout rounds at the last European Championship and the last World Cup, and we can’t see them beating that record this summer. Although their squad is young on average, there is still plenty of experience in Switzerland’s ranks. One issue that the Swiss will face, however, is goalscoring. Xherdan Shaqiri is the highest scorer in the squad, but the winger has rarely featured during his time at Anfield and might need a couple of games to play himself into form. Haris Seferovic is likely to start, but that isn’t a name that will threaten the likes of Italy. Switzerland will likely make their way through to the knockout rounds, but we expect that to be as a 3rd place team, so it’ll be a tough ask for them to reach the quarter-finals.
Manager - Senol Gunes Captain - Burak Yilmaz Star Player - Burak Yilmaz Best Euro Finish - Semi Finals (2008)
We think Turkey could be the underdogs of Group A, and we are backing them to finish 2nd behind Italy. Alongside the Italians, Turkey are one of the most in-form sides coming into Euro 2020. In recent months, they’ve beaten the Netherlands, as well as earning draws against Croatia and Germany. It’s a surprisingly strong squad from Turkey, who have plenty of players spread around the top European leagues, as well as the obvious strong presence in the Turkish league. Leading the line, however, is Burak Yilmaz, fresh off a title-winning campaign with Lille in Ligue 1. Finally, Turkey can thank themselves lucky that they face Italy on the first matchday. That gives them a chance to quickly regroup after a potential loss and get their most formidable opponents out of the way.
Manager - Rob Page Captain - Gareth Bale Star Player - Gareth Bale Best Euro Finish - Semi Finals (2016)
Wales’ semi-final run at Euro 2016 was a miracle that will never be forgotten, but it will take an even bigger shock for them to embark on a similar run this year. There is undoubtedly quality in this Wales side however. Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Rodon and Ben Davies all played in Europe for their club sides last season. However, the rest of the squad isn’t close to being strong enough to compete at this level. Especially in defence, Wales are lacking any true quality. If Bale doesn’t play his best football, then goalscoring will also become a major problem for this Welsh side. The other two out and out forwards in Wales squads are Kieffer Moore and Tyler Roberts, who have combined for just 5 goals in 31 games. With 3rd place also potentially qualifying here, we can’t rule Wales out completely, but it will take a herculean effort from Rob Page’s side.
Group A Fixtures
|11th June||20:00||Turkey v Italy||Olympic Stadium, Baku|
|12th June||14:00||Wales v Switzerland||Olympic Stadium, Baku|
|16th June||17:00||Turkey v Wales||Olympic Stadium, Baku|
|16th June||20:00||Italy v Switzerland||Stadio Olimpico, Rome|
|20th June||17:00||Switzerland v Turkey||Olympic Stadium, Baku|
|20th June||17:00||Italy v Wales||Stadio Olimpico, Rome|
Euro 2020 Group A Final Standings Predictions