The second game of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament gets under way at 2pm on Saturday 12th June with Wales taking on Switzerland.
This summer’s competition was postponed until this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the tournament initially set to take place on June 12th 2020.
The Dragons will be looking to replicate their start to Euro 2016 on Saturday 12th, with a win against a Swiss side ranked 13th in the FIFA World Rankings.
The pair haven’t faced each other since October 7th 2011, when they met in a Euro 2012 qualifier. The game finished 2-0 to Wales at the Liberty Stadium, with Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale scoring for their nation.
The Dragons have only beaten Switzerland on two occasions, losing the other five. Their last victory put an end to a four-game losing streak for the Welsh against the Swiss.
Before 2016, the Dragons failed to qualify for the competition, with their best performance an unforgettable one. Chris Coleman guided them to the semi-finals, where they were ultimately beaten by eventual winners, Portugal 2-0.
What time is Wales vs Switzerland?
Wales vs Switzerland kicks-off at 2pm on Saturday 12th June.
What TV channel is it on?
The game will be shown on BBC One and S4C, with coverage starting at 1:00.
Fans can also tune in via BBC iPlayer via the broadcaster’s website.
Caretaker manager Robert Page has named his 26-man squad ahead of the competition, as expected no individuals from Wales’ top flight make the list, with the 46-year-old naming a mix of experience and youth.
Page, who has been in charge of the nation since November last year, has guided the Dragons to the top of their Nations League group.
Amongst the 26 players selected by the Welshman, familiar names such as all-time leading appearance holder Chris Gunter makes the squad, as well as Joe Allen and Johnny Williams.
Switzerland on the other hand have never made it past the round of 16 in the tournament. Their most recent performance at Euro 2016, saw them bow out to Poland after a 5-4 loss on penalties.
The Swiss, who are managed by Vladimir Petković , have numerous individuals with tournament and international experience at their disposal.
Their squad is heavily dominated by non-Swiss based players, with only four individuals playing in the nation.
Petković will be looking to the likes of Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Ricardo Rodríguez to name a few, to steer the nation past the last 16 and hopefully to their best-placed finish in the competition.
Switzerland have named 19-year-old Bećir Omeragić in their squad. The defender plays for FC Zurich in the nation’s top flight, making 29 appearances in the league last season.
He has also represented his nation at youth level from U15-17.
Before they meet in their first game of the competition, both nations have the opportunity to assess their squads, with Wales losing 3-0 to France on June 2nd, before drawing 0-0 with Albania three days later.
Switzerland took on Lichtenstein on June 3rd, beating the 186th ranked nation 7-0. Mario Gavranović bagged a hat-trick on the night.
How each team will line-up for the match will be interesting to see. The Swiss have played with both a 3-4-2-1 and 3-4-1-2 formation as of late, but it’s the latter that Petković seems to prefer.
Wales also prefer lining-up with three centre-backs, with Page predominantly opting for a 3-4-3 formation while in charge of the Dragons.
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