Turkey takes on Wales in what is a must-win game for both of these teams after dropping points in their first encounters. With both teams needing a win, it should really make for a great watch.
Euro 2020: Group A
Wednesday 16 June
Baku Olympic Stadium
To Win Match
The Turks defended well in the first half of their opening encounter against Italy, with the teams going into the break with the score locked at 0-0. In the second half they decided to be a bit more adventurous which resulted in their demise. A few changes from off the bench and a change of their shape saw them concede 3 goals against four-time World Champions, Italy.
A few positives to look forward to for the Turkish outfit, is that when they do attack, they do look quite dangerous. Upon coming off the bench, Cengiz Ünder looked a threat.
If they can mix those hints of attacking prowess with their defensive strengths, they should be able to stand strong and put together in a strong performance against the Welsh.
Wales didn’t show any hints of their best football when they took on Switzerland in their first game scoring a late second-half equalizer to save a point against Switzerland.
They did well to grab that point against the Swiss but know that three points against the Turks is of the utmost importance with a win against Italy in their last group fixture unlikely.
The 2016 semi-finalists hung on against Switzerland and were lucky to come away with a point. Gareth Bale was largely ineffective in the first half of that game, with Dan James’ pace causing problems for the Swiss defence.
Both will need to be at their best against a Turkish defence who are better than their 3-0 reversal at the hands of Italy suggests.
Verdict: Totals – Over 2.5 goals @ 15/10
We can expect an end to end game with both teams knowing that winning is a must, as a loss for either of these teams could spell disaster for their qualification hopes. This game looks extremely hard to call. Expect the attacking options available to both sides to come right after misfiring in their first games.