Wales vs Switzerland – Euro 2020: Team news, kick-off time, TV channel, live stream, venue, odds

Wales will be first British team in action at the impending European Championships, as they take on Switzerland on Saturday. 

The Dragons will carry fond memories into the tournament, having reached the semi-finals back in 2016, where they fell to a 2-0 defeat against eventual winners Portugal.

The match is just the second of the tournament, with Group A rivals Turkey and Italy competing in the opener the day prior.  

With the Italy and Turkey the favourites to prevail from the group, Wales’ encounter against Switzerland is perhaps even more important – with the loser facing an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages. 

Switzerland will come into the fixture full of confidence having beaten Liechtenstein 7-0 last week, while Wales were winless against France anad Albania. 

And while key players Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are perhaps past their prime, the former – in particular – showed towards the latter stages of the season that he can still be a beacon of hope for the Dragons. 

With Wales’ first match quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.    

Wales have fond memories of the European Championships, reaching the semi-final in 2016

Wales have fond memories of the European Championships, reaching the semi-final in 2016

When is Wales vs Switzerland? 

Wales’ opening match of the European Championships against Switzerland will be played on Saturday, June 12. 

The match will start at 2pm BST and will be held at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. 

Elsewhere, Group A rivals Italy and Turkey will have already opened the tournament with their encounter on Friday, June 11.  

How to watch Wales in action

Wales vs Switzerland will be broadcast for free on BBC One, with coverage starting at 1.15pm. 

UK viewers will also be able to stream the match online for free via the BBC iPlayer.

Sportsmail will also be running a live blog, so you can keep up-to-date with us.

Wales’ group stage fixtures

  • June 12: Wales vs Switzerland, 2pm in Baku
  • June 16: Turkey vs Wales, 5pm in Baku
  • June 20: Italy vs Wales, 5pm in Rome

Team news

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is fit and raring to go ahead of their Euro 2020 opener

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is fit and raring to go ahead of their Euro 2020 opener

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is fit and raring to go ahead of their Euro 2020 opener

Wales are coming into the tournament with a full squad to pick from, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and David Brooks recovering from injuries of late.  

And winger Daniel James believes their array of talent will strike fear in their opponents. 

‘It’s one of the first times everyone has been in the squad,’ James said. 

‘David and Aaron have had injuries over the past two years but when they have come into the squad they have been unbelievable.

‘I’ve only played for Wales with Aaron once or twice and he scored two goals against Hungary.

‘For us it’s just brilliant that everyone is involved. I know the Euros was supposed to be last summer and everyone was gutted but it’s great for the players who are now all fit and we have a full squad this time and we’re all raring to go.

‘We will definitely be feared. Whoever is put on the pitch attacking-wise, we have a great group.’

Ramsey, who has endured a difficult spell with Juventus in recent years, insists he has been working hard to get into prime condition. 

‘For me to have missed a few games over the last few years has been very frustrating and difficult,’ he said. 

‘Hopefully now that is behind me and I can look forward to all these games in the European Championship. I’ve definitely worked hard over the last few months to get my body back into a good place.’

Wales squad 

Wales talisman Gareth Bale finished the season in goalscoring form on loan at Tottenham

Wales talisman Gareth Bale finished the season in goalscoring form on loan at Tottenham

Wales talisman Gareth Bale finished the season in goalscoring form on loan at Tottenham

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

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

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

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

Switzerland squad 

Captain Granit Xhaka is the star man for Switzerland heading into the Euro 2020

Captain Granit Xhaka is the star man for Switzerland heading into the Euro 2020

Captain Granit Xhaka is the star man for Switzerland heading into the Euro 2020

Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Yvon Mvogo (PSV Eindhoven), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier).

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Loris Benito (Bordeaux), Eray Comert (Basel), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jordan Lotomba (Nice), Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg), Becir Omeragic (Zurich), Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino), Fabian Schar (Newcastle), Silvan Widmer (Basel).

Midfielders: Christian Fassnacht (Young Boys), Edimilson Fernandes (Mainz), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Admir Mehmedi (Wolfsburg), Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool), Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Eintracht Frankfurt).

Forwards: Breel Embolo (Borussia Monchengladbach), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica).

Wales vs Switzerland: The odds

Wales have looked less than convincing in their two pre-tournament warm-up matches against France and Alabia, losing 3-0 against the World Cup champions, before laboring to a 0-0 draw against the latter. 

And the bookies have them as the underdogs heading into their opening fixture, with Switzerland the favourites to prevail. 

Switzerland are at 11/10 to get the victory, with Wales at 29/10, while a draw is at 19/10. 

Meanwhile, Switzerland are at 75/1 to win the whole tournament, with Wales at 175/1.   

*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.  

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