Saturday, 12 June 2021

EURO 2020: Match Preview: Wales v Switzerland


This is the first meeting between Wales and Switzerland at a major tournament (World Cup + European Championships). In all competitions including friendlies, Switzerland have won five of their seven encounters (L2) but their last meeting in October 2011 ended in a Wales victory (2-0 at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, UEFA European Championship qualifiers).

UEFA Euro 2020 will be Wales’ third major tournament after World Cup 1958 and Euro 2016; they have reached at least the quarter-final in both of their previous appearances (quarter-final at World Cup 1958, semi-final at Euro 2016).

At UEFA Euro 2016, Wales became the first debutant to reach the semi-finals of the tournament since Sweden in 1992.

Switzerland are taking part in their fifth UEFA European Championships. They have reached the knockout stages only once previously, in 2016; they were knocked out by Poland on penalties in the round of 16 (1-1 a.e.t.).

Switzerland are unbeaten in their last five games at the European Championships (two wins followed by three draws); they had lost six of their first eight games in the tournament.

Switzerland have scored more than one goal in only one of their 13 games at the UEFA European Championships, a 2-0 win on home soil against Portugal in the 2008 group stages.

Wales scored 1.25 goals per game in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign (10 goals in 8 games), the joint-lowest of any of the 24 sides to qualify for the tournament alongside North Macedonia.

Wales’ Gareth Bale has scored in each of his two previous appearances against Switzerland (2 goals in 2 games).

Aaron Ramsey was directly involved in 50% of Wales’ goals in their last major tournament at UEFA Euro 2016, scoring one and assisting a further four.

Xherdan Shaqiri has scored or assisted 47% of Switzerland’s goals at major tournaments since 2014 (World Cup + European Championships), netting five and setting up two of his side’s 15 goals in that time.

Vladimir Petkovic – in charge since August 2014 – is only the second manager to lead Switzerland at three consecutive major tournaments, after Köbi Kuhn (Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008).

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