Five years on from their magical run to the European Championship semi-finals, Wales begin their Euro 2020 adventure with a showdown against Switzerland in Baku on Saturday.
Wales play Switzerland at the Baku Olympic Stadium in their UEFA Euro 2020 Group A fixture on Saturday.
Both sides have ambitions of reaching at least the first knockout round in the pan-European competition, but Group A is arguably the most competitive of the lot.
Wales failed to score a single goal in their two friendly fixtures against France and Albania.
They have been scoring with regularity, netting seven goals in their last seven matches.
Switzerland continued their good form in preparation for Euro 2020. They recorded a 2-1 win against the USA and thrashed Liechtenstein 7-0 on Thursday.
Wales vs Switzerland Predictions:
- Wales have lost 4 of their last 5 matches against Switzerland (all competitions).
- Wales have lost 3-0 to France and drawn 0-0 with Albania in their warm-up games.
- Switzerland have won their last 6 matches (all competitions).
- Switzerland have seen BTTS in 9 of their last 13 matches (all competitions).
Switzerland have a 5-2 advantage against Wales in seven meetings.
The two teams have squared off seven times across all competitions. While three of their meetings have been friendlies, the remaining four games were all part of the qualification campaign for Euro 2000 and Euro 2012.
This will be the first clash between the two sides at a European Championship tournament. Seven games so far have all produced conclusive results and the Swiss currently have the upper hand with five wins.
They last crossed paths at the Liberty Stadium in 2011.
Both national teams have very capable players in their ranks, so the game should make for an interesting watch. Wales have been able to pull off great results in the past. However, they have struggled in their recent outings and haven’t looked like the same team that made it all the way to the last four in 2016.
Wales are likely to score against a leaky Switzerland defence but the in-form Swiss side should be able to outscore their opponents.
Switzerland have been in great form and topped their qualifying group without Xherdan Shaqiri. We expect them to kick off their Euro 2020 campaign with a win and extend their winning streak to seven games across all competitions.
Our prediction: Switzerland win @ 2.25