Robert Page’s Wales will kick off their European Championship campaign when they face Switzerland at 2 pm in Azerbaijan at the Baku Olympic Stadium.
Wales will be using Euro 2016 as inspiration coming into this tournament having managed to reach the semi-finals in 2016 where they were eventually beaten by winners Portugal, meanwhile, Switzerland actually come into this game as slight favourites, as they are ranked 13th in the FIFA World Rankings compared to Wales’ 17th place, however with Gareth Bale in the Welsh ranks, anything could be possible for the Dragons.
Both Teams to Score - 6/5
The both teams to score market has a 50% chance of landing when looking at the last five games that each of these sides have played, as this has occurred in two of Wales’ last five games in a 3-1 win against Finland back in November, where Harry Wilson, Dan James and Kieffer Moore all got on the scoresheet, as well as in a 3-1 loss to Belgium in March.
Meanwhile, three of Switzerland’s last five matches have seen both teams score, in a 1-1 draw against Spain in the Nations League in November, as well as in 3-1 and 2-1 wins over Bulgaria and the USA, as strikes from Ricardo Rodriguez and Steven Zuber cancelled out Sebastian Lletget’s fifth-minute opener for America in the latter game.
Over 2.5 Goals – 7/4
In the last five matches, the Betting Hub app has calculated that there is a 60% chance that over 2.5 goals will be scored in this game. Wales’ results range from 3-0 and 3-1 losses to France and Belgium to a 3-1 victory against Finland, whilst Switzerland recently thumped Liechtenstein 7-0, as well as also beating both the US and Bulgaria as stated above.
Switzerland managed to score nine goals in six Nations League matches against tough opponents in Spain, Germany and Ukraine, but did concede eight times, whilst Wales who spent much of their Nations League campaign without a fully fit Bale managed to score seven in six matches against Finland, Republic of Ireland and Georgia.