Euro 2020 12/6/2021. Three games in Euro 2020 today. At 14:00, on BBC One, is Wales v Switzerland. At 17:00, also on BBC One, is Denmark v Finland. The late game at 20:00, between Belgium v Russia is on ITV.
Euro 2020 12/6/2021 – Wales v Switzerland
- Wales flicked between a back three and back four in each warm-up game but may lean towards the former here.
- Harry Wilson has recently been used as a central striker for Wales and we could see that continue here with Gareth Bale and Dan James either side.
- Rhys Norrington-Davies may get the nod over Neco Williams at left wing-back for Wales, while Danny Ward and Wayne Hennessey are in competition in goal.
- Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu has been a regular for Wales, often more than for club, but may not get in the side here. Joe Morrell or Joe Allen are more likely to start next to Aaron Ramsey in central midfield.
- Wales have actually won seven of the last 10 matches Ramsey has missed but it would be a bold call to leave out the Juventus midfielder on Saturday.
- Switzerland like to play with two strikers so Denis Zakaria and Remo Freuler are really battling for one place in midfield alongside Granit Xhaka.
- Breel Embolo, Admir Mehmedi and Mario Gavranovic are in competition to start up front. The latter did net a hat-trick against Liechtenstein in one of their warm-up games.
- They have the option of playing Ricardo Rodriguez at left wing-back or as a third centre-back on Saturday.
Euro 2020 12/6/2021 – Denmark v Finland
- Andreas Christensen is expected to get the nod ahead of Jannik Vestergaard to partner Simon Kjaer at the heart of the Denmark defence.
- Jonas Wind, Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Cornelius are competing for one spot to lead the attack.
- Teemu Pukki had been out for some weeks with an ankle injury but returned to action from the bench in Finland’s final warm up game – a morale damaging 1-0 defeat to Estonia.
- The Norwich striker carries the hopes of his side in many ways so even if not fully fit, he is likely to start.
- Markku Kanerva isn’t short of options to partner Pukki, with Joel Pohjanpalo and Marcus Forss both vying for a starting spot, though the latter was excellent from the bench for Brentford last season.
- Kevin De Bruyne has had surgery for facial injuries suffered in the Champions League final but is unlikely to be risked against Russia, at least from the start.
- Roberto Martinez also needs to manage Eden Hazard carefully this summer given his injury woes so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Real Madrid winger build momentum into the tournament. His brother, Thorgan, could start in his place.
- Axel Witsel is in the Belgium squad but it would be a real surprise if he played at all this summer given he suffered a serious Achilles injury at the start of the year.
- Jason Denayer and Thomas Vermaelen are in competition to complete Belgium’s back three on Saturday.
- Russia are expected to mirror Belgium’s 3-4-2-1 formation with captain Artem Dzyuba leading the line.
- 37-year-old Yuri Zhirkov is looking to feature in his fifth major tournament for Russia, remarkably still making the Russia squad.
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