EURO 2020 Group A Preview: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Wales

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on June 3, 2021

The ‘first’ group of the Euro 2020, Group A, serves to be one of the more competitive ones in the group stages. Of course, European ‘giants’ Italy are favorites to win it – but those behind them not very far behind either.

Switzerland, Turkey & Wales all have a talented group of players well capable of swinging things in their favor. What is promised, however, is a bunch of entertaining, closely fought game between sides all vying for a place in the knockout rounds. With a bit of unpredictability all around, shock results, high-scoring games and a lot of drama can ensue in this interesting group.

Euro 2020 Italy Preview

The dark horses to win the entire thing, Italy come into the Euro 2020 tournament unbeaten in their last 21 games – having last tasted defeat in 2018! With former Man City boss Roberto Mancini in charge, the Azzurri are defensively disciplined & a real hard nut to crack. With some top-quality, experienced big names all over the park – Italy should be a force to be reckoned with – as long as their biggest stars can click together.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP/ FINISH TOP 2

Italy are -186 to win the group. They are -835 to finish top 2.

Euro 2020 roster

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Tolói (Atalanta)

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris)

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)

Possible starting XI

Key Player to Watch

Federico Chiesa

In Juventus’ mixed-bag of a campaign in the recently concluded season, Federico Chiesa stood out as their star player. Sure, Cristiano Ronaldo might’ve scored more – but when Juve needed a hero – Chiesa stepped up to the plate every time. The menacing winger scored 15 goals & registered 11 assists last season, being a terror upfront. Chiesa’s specialty is his versatility.

He can play in either wing and even as a false no.9 if needed. His clever movement, burst of pace & eye for goal in the final third make him a really unpredictable threat. While everyone prepares to solve how to crack Italy’s defensive shape, they must be aware of the threat Chiesa possesses to get the goals out of nowhere with little spells of brilliance.

Euro 2020 Switzerland Preview

After achieving their best-ever finish in the Euro 2016 competition, Switzerland looks to better that record this time around. A team filled with stars playing in the Premier League or in other of Europe’s top-5 leagues – they have enough pedigree & talent to grind their way through to the knockout rounds. However, facing some tough opposition, the Swiss must perform as one solid unit to move past the group stages this time around.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP/ FINISH TOP 2

Switzerland are +475 to win the group. They are +110 to finish top 2.

Euro 2020 roster

Goalkeepers: Yvon Mvogo (PSV), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier), Yann Sommer (Mönchengladbach)

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Dortmund), Loris Benito (Bordeaux), Eray Cömert (Basel), Nico Elvedi (Mönchengladbach), Jordan Lotomba (Nice), Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg), Becir Omeragic (Zürich), Ricardo Rodríguez (Torino), Fabian Schär (Newcastle United), Silvan Widmer (Basel)

Midfielders: Christian Fassnacht (Young Boys), Edimilson Fernandes (Mainz), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool), Djibril Sow (Frankfurt), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Mönchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Frankfurt)

Forwards: Breel Embolo (Mönchengladbach), Mario Gavranović (Dinamo Zagreb), Admir Mehmedi (Wolfsburg), Haris Seferović (Benfica)

Possible XI

Key Player To Watch

Xherdan Shaqiri

Despite having a pretty disappointing, uneventful season with Liverpool, Xherdan Shaqiri remains Switzerland’s most creative player in the attacking third. In 90 appearances for them, he has scored 23 goals & provided 24 assists.

If Switzerland are going to have an exciting campaign, Shaqiri has to be at his best. They’ll hope the winger can create things with his pin-point crosses, brilliant set-pieces and produce that bit of magic in front of goal to win them games in the Euros.

Euro 2020 Turkey Preview

Turkey are a side that has shown signs of consistent improvement over the years & are one of the underdogs you might want to watch out for in the Euros. With a vibrant, solid young backline & stubborn defensive shape that can annoy other teams, they can be a hard nut to crack. Facing up against some formidable opponents, Turkey will look to pull off some surprise results and maintain their reputation for being a hard-working, fearless unit on both sides of the pitch.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP/ FINISH TOP 2

Turkey are +540 to win the group. They are +130 to finish top 2.

Euro 2020 roster

Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır (Fenerbahçe), Uğurcan Çakır (Trabzonspor), Mert Günok (İstanbul Başakşehir)

Defenders: Kaan Ayhan (Sassuolo), Zeki Çelik (LOSC Lille), Merih Demiral (Juventus), Ozan Kabak (Liverpool), Umut Meraş (Le Havre), Mert Müldür (Sassuolo), Çağlar Söyüncü (Leicester), Rıdvan Yılmaz (Beşiktaş)

Midfielders: Taylan Antalyalı (Galatasaray), Hakan Çalhanoğlu (AC Milan), Halil Dervişoğlu (Brentford), İrfan Can Kahveci (Fenerbahçe), Orkun Kökçü (Feyenoord), Abdülkadir Ömür (Trabzonspor), Dorukhan Toköz (Beşiktaş), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahçe), Okay Yokuşlu (West Brom)

Forwards: Kerem Aktürkoğlu (Galatasaray), Kenan Karaman (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Enes Ünal (Getafe), Cengiz Ünder (Leicester), Yusuf Yazıcı (LOSC Lille), Burak Yılmaz (LOSC Lille)

Possible XI

Key Player To Watch

Hakan Çalhanoğlu

While Turkey are defensively a really good side with quality players like Merih Demiral & Caglar Soyuncu, Hakan Calhanoglu remains their creative beacon going forward. He is the one to etch together all the chances & to create all the winners for them.

Hakan goes into the tournament high on momentum, having scored 9 goals & registered 12 assists in a prolific season with AC Milan in Serie A. A really clever player known for his brilliant long-range goals, accurate set-pieces and ability to come in clutch in promising situations – Calhanoglu has all the traits to take Turkey deep into the Euros & has to prove that with some big performances.

Euro 2020 Wales Preview

After a thrilling qualifiers campaign, Wales are back to repeat their heroics of the Euro 2016 – when they beat all the odds to move all the way into the quarter-finals! Playing in only their second-ever Euros, Wales will be led by Gareth Bale – who could be playing his final major competition for them. If that’s the case, Wales will hope that the Real Madrid star steps up to the plate & inspires them to pull off another incredible underdog story.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP/ FINISH TOP 2

Wales are +1200 to win the group. They are +230 to finish top 2.

Euro 2020 roster

Goalkeepers: Adam Davies (Stoke City), Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City)

Defenders: Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Ben Cabango (Swansea City), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic), Tom Lockyer (Luton Town), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United), Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Joe Rodon (Tottenham), Neco Williams (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke City), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City), Daniel James (Manchester United), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Joe Morrell (Luton Town), Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Jonny Williams (Cardiff City), Harry Wilson (Liverpool)

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United)

Possible XI

Key Player To Watch

Gareth Bale

Despite all his recent controversies, Gareth Bale still remains the Welsh national team’s greatest asset. They have some decent Premier League talents in their squad but nobody can make quite the impact like the winger.

Bale had a pretty good loan campaign with Tottenham, scoring 16 goals & registering 3 assists last season. With his big-game experience, the reputation of having won every major club trophy, a lot of expectations will be put on Bale’s shoulders. The winger just has to thrive under it & produce some sparkling performances to take Wales into promise-land again.

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An unbiased Manchester United die-hard. Lover of the beautiful game. Addicted to the Premier League and beyond. Hopeful writer in the search for the greater good.

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