Turkey will be taking on Wales tonight in Group A at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. How will teams line up? Can Turkey bounce back and somehow defeat Wales? Follow us below as we take a brief look at the form each team has been in so far in the tournament.
Matchday 1 of Euro 2020 Group Stages is already over and we can’t believe how fast the days are passing as we reach ever closer to the knockout stages. The first matchday of European football delivered on all our expectations as the tournament has already been full of dramatic and historic moments, while also including some horrific scenes as well.
With the six groups already taking shape, we enter the second matchday of the competition with three games today. First, there is the clash betweenFinland
at 15:00 CET. Then we have Turkey v Wales at 18:00 CET and later we will go to Stadio Olimpico, whereItaly
take on Switzerland with the hopes of cementing their position in Group A.
How will Turkey and Wales line up against each other? Will we see yet another hilariously chaotic pre-match team photo from Gareth Bale and his teammates? Let’s find out more about the team news and possible lineups of each side down below.
started off Euro 2020 in the opening match of the tournament against Italy. But they simply fell victim to the stellar performance of gli Azzurri, who completely dominated the pitch and the ball against a much weaker side. Turkey have not been in much of a good form lately, as they have only won two of their last five matches in all competitions, drawing two and losing once against Italy.
Of course while many might not have high hopes for the Turkish national team and they may consider them to be clear underdogs, they have the talent required for bouncing back and surprising everyone with a win against Wales. The race for a place in the Round of 16 is far from over and the Crescent Stars will definitely hope to improve on their recent poor form.
While Turkey were battered by Italy in matchday 1, at leastWales
narrowly got away with one point againstSwitzerland
, who had dominated the match almost the entire time. The only thing that has put Wales on the neutrals’ radar is their silly and chaotic way of taking pre-match team photos, where they line up in bizarrely dizzying ways, instead of simply lining up for a normal team photo. They too might want to improve on their game if they want to have any chance of surviving Group A.
Turkey have added a number of world-class talents to their roster over the years, with many of their men playing for some of the best football clubs in Europe. They will surely have to work on every aspect of their gameplay as they lacked the motivation in every department during their first match in Euro 2020.
With only three attempts made during the match against Italy and with no shots on target, a better link must be created between the midfielders and those in the front. The team lacks chemistry and they know it. Surely they will once again rely on the likes of Hakan Clahanoglu, Cengiz Under and Caglar Soyunco to deliver a fine performance and keep the squad united on both ends, but they simply can’t put all the pressure on the shoulders of one footballer alone.
Turkey possible lineup
: Ugurcan cakır; Mehmet Zeki celik, Merih Demiral, Çaglar Soyuncu, Cengiz Umut Meraş; Kaan Ayhan, Ozan Tufan, Hakan calhanoglu, Irfan Can Kahveci, Cengiz Under; Burak Yılmaz
As for Wales, we all know that Gareth Bale is the one carrying the team everywhere they go. Of course he has not been anywhere near his former self lately, but it isGareth Bale
who steals the spotlight as he leads his country in every major tournament. So one might hope that he might turn up for his nation once again. On paper, Wales might slightly have the upper hand with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Daniel James having already found their chemistry on the field.
But the sheer love for one’s country and a seemingly fine chemistry between a couple of players is not enough for a nation to thrive in football, since each team include eleven players and all eleven must have the same mentality. That is why Wales should work on chemistry to keep possession of the ball a bit more than usual, while also working on their accuracy in front of goal.
Wales possible lineup
: Danny Ward; Connor Roberts, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Joe Morrell, Joe Allen; Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Daniel James; Kieffer Moore.
The two national teams have met each other on two occasions before, during which none settled for a draw and each got away with a win in the end. Both have won once against the other with a 1-0 victory and many might believe that this time will not be any different either.
Even though Italy managed to put three goals past Turkey’s goalkeeper last Friday, Turkey actually managed to hold off the opposition from scoring any goals in the first half, with only a 54th minute own goal opening the deadlock. That could be a problem for Wales, who might get to lose this one with a narrow margin.
Portugal’s refereeing team will officiate the match this evening, with Artur Dias acting as the main referee, Rui Tavares and Paulo Soares as his assistants, Bartosz Frankowski from Poland as the fourth official and with Joao Pinheiro being on VAR duty.
: Wednesday, 16 June
Kick off time
: 18:00 CET
: Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku
: TRT1, BBC Sport
: BBC Sport Web, beIN Sports Connect
: Turkey +140, Draw +200, Wales +235