Euro 2020 Group A Odds,Analysis and Predictions
Euro 2020 is about to kick off and we are going to give you a low down on all the groups in Euro 2020 as well as the teams in each Euro 2020 group so that you get to learn about how they play, which teams are the favorites to win Euro 2020, The odds of each team in every Euro 2020 group to win their group and their odds to win Euro 2020.
This guide will help you understand the potential opponents your team will be facing on their journey to the round of 16 or if you don’t have a favorite team it will help you decide how each team plays so that you can pick your favorite teams in Euro 2021.
So without further ado, let’s get started with Group A in Euro 2020!
Euro 2020 Group A
|UEFA EURO 2020 GROUP A|
|Team||FIFA Ranking||Team Value||Top Scorer||Style of Football|
|Italy||7||771 million||Ciro Immobile||Direct|
|Turkey||29||325 million||Burak Yilmaz||Counter-attacking|
|Switzerland||13||283.50 million||Haris Seferović||Possession based|
|Wales||17||176.75 million||Gareth Bale||Counter-attacking|
Euro 2021 will kick off with games from the teams in this group.Group A of Euro 2020 consists of Italy, Turkey, Switzerland and Wales. Italy is considered to be the top team in this league and expect to win it as you can see from the odds below.
Italy in Euro 2020 Group A
Italy is also known as the Gli Azzurri (the blues in English). Italy is one of the most successful teams in football history. They won the FIFA world cup 4 times (1934,1938,1982, 2006) and the were runner-ups in 1970 and 1994.
Italy failed to qualify for the world cup only twice, once in 1958 and the second time 60 years later in 2018.
Italy’s performance in past editions of the UEFA European Championships has not been as illustrious. They won only 1 title in 1968 and were runner ups in Euro 2000 and Euro 2012 and they reached the quarter finals in Euro 2016.
They have featured in 10 out of 15 UEFA Euro Championships.
Italy’s Road to Euro 2020 And Recent Form
The Italian National Team has seen some pretty bad times since winning the World Cup in 2006. They dropped out of the 2010 World cup in the group stage,had a small resurgence in Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 and then failed to qualify for the world cup for the first time in 60 years in 2018.
Since 2018 though Italy has seen a renaissance under their prolific manager, Roberto Manchini.
Italy has won their last 8 games in style scoring 25 goals and conceding 0 goals.
Italy National Football Team Tactics and Playing Style
The Italian Football team has always been criticized for playing a very boring defensive style of football. But since Mancini has taken over Italy plays a direct style of Football while maintaining defensive solidity.
Mancini usually sets up Italy in a 4-3-3 formation unless he wants more defensive solidity when he prefers to use a 3-5-2 formation.
Italy has a clear preference for building up play from the back. They have two solid and experienced center backs in Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. One of the full backs, usually the right fullback tends to be the more attacking fullback while the other tends to tuck in with the 2 center backs to form a solid back 3.
Italy has one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Gianluigi Donnarumma who is a worthy replacement to the legendary Gianluigi Buffon.
Italy has 1 or 2 defensive midfielders with good long passing ability and the other midifielder is more of a box to box midfielder who usually supports the attack from the right.
Jorginho is usually a sure starter as one of the 2 defensive midfielders and is usually partnered with Locatelli or Veratti although Verratti has been playing more often the latter in recent times after Verratti had a lukewarm season with PSG.
The right sided midfielder in the midfield 3 is usually 24 year Barrella who is a rising star in the team. Locatelli can also fill in this slot.
Moving on to the attack, Ciro Immobile is the main center forward and the most experienced forward who is the focal point of the attack. He leads by example by often tracking back and helping the defense as well as harrasing defenders to recover the ball and getting his team-mates involved in the attack.
He is usually assisted by Berardi on the right or Chiesa on the right who are 26 and 23 respectively and Lorenzo Inisgne on the left.
Italy’s attackers are quick,dynamic and have the ability to score quick goals after recovering possession of the ball.
Italy’s center backs, though very experienced, are past their prime with Chiellini who turns 37 this year and Bonucci who is 34. Younger attackers might outrun them with tricky through balls in a counter attack.
Italy’s Fixtures in Euro 2020 Group A
Italy’s first match will be against Turkey on June 11 2021 at 9PM CEST. This will also be the first match of Euro 2020. You can find out our betting tips for Turkey vs Italy exclusively on slotfreespin.
Their next match in Euro 2020 will be against switzerland on June 16 at 9 Pm CEST and their final group A match will be against Wales on June 20 at 9PM CEST.
Italy will be playing all their group A matches at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy during Euro 2020.
Switzerland in Euro 2020 Group A
Switzerland has several nicknames ranging from “A-team”,”nati” to “rossocrociati”. They haven’t featured very frequently in the world cup but hosted it in 1954. The Swiz are known to be very hardworking, professionals and organized people and this is reflected in their footballing pedigree.
The Switzerland Football team is renowned for their defensive solidity and positional discipline. This is reflected in the records they have set on the international stage.
Take the 2006 FIFA World Cup for example. Switzerland set a FIFA World Cup record by being eliminated from the tournament despite not conceding a single goal. They were eliminated in the round of 16 after their game against Ukraine went into the penalties stage.
They would go on to top this record in the next world cup in 2010 when they didn’t concede a single goal until they faced Chile and set a World Cup record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.
Switzerland are currently ranked 13th by FIFA. Bookmakers are giving a 5.60 odds for winning Group A in Euro 2021.
Switzerland’s Road to Euro 2020 Group A
Switzerland topped their group in the qualifiers and conceded only 6 goals.They have won their last 6 games and conceded 4 goals. In the 2020-21 nations league they faced a tough group consisting of Spain and Germany where they finished 3rd. Switzerland conceded fewer goals than 2nd placed germany with 8 goals conceded compared to Germany’s 13.
Switzerland National Football Team Tactics and Playing Style
As mentioned earlier Switzerland plays an organized style of football with a key emphasis on defensive solidity and positional discipline.
This is reflected in their preferred formation of 3-4-3 which in play looks more like a 5-2-3 with 3 center backs and 2 wing backs and 2 dynamic defensive midfielders.
Switzerland loves to attack with width and stretch the play. The build up attacks very patiently from the wide. The left and right center back tend to drift a little bit wide to start up plays and stretch the field while the 2 defensive midfielders prevent keeps the team compact and prevent prevent the pressure from the opposing team.
Both the wing backs then proceed to stay close to the line while progressing forward and are key in joining the attack. They do this by swinging in deadly crosses from out wide or cutting inside as the forwards flood the box.
The front 3 consists a conservative number 9 and a 2 more fluid and dynamic attacking midfielders.
Usually Haris Seferović or Mario Gavranović fill the role of the number 9 while Xerdan Shaqiri and one of Edimilson Fernandes or Breel Embolo.
Although Switzerland is not a team that scores very often and its style of play may not suit many neutrals but if they concede they can suddenly up the tempo bringing on young creative and attacking players like Denis Zakaria and the more experienced Remo Freuler.
Turkey in Euro 2020 Group A
Turkey doesn’t have an illustrious footballing history full of trophies and regular qualification to the Euros or the World Cup. But when they do show up, they show up in style.
Turkey has featured in only two world cups and their last appearance in the world cup was in 2002 where they finished 3rd.
They were knocked off the group stage in the previous Euro championship in 2016, failed to qualify for Euro 2012 but finished 3rd in Euro 2008.
Turkey’s recent form has been pretty impressive as they have been undefeated in the 6 games they have played so far in 2021. They even managed to win 4-2 against a much stronger team like the Netherlands.
Turkey is currently ranked 27th in FIFA’s ranking. Bookmakers are offering a 5.80 odds for winning group A of Euro 2020.
Turkey’s has very experienced and competent manager in Senol Gunez. He was their coach between 2000 to 2004 and successfully guided them to a 3rd place finish in the World Cup in 2002.
Turkey’s road to Euro 2020 Group A
Turkey finished 2nd behind France in their qualifiers group and conceded just 3 goals while France who topped the group conceded 6. Turkey also conceded the fewest goals during the qualifiers for Euro 2020. The other team that conceded the fewest goals after Turkey was Italy with 4 goals conceded. Turkey finished only 2 points behind France.
Turkey National Football Team Tactics and Playing Style
Turkey is renowned for playing a counter-attacking style of football with a compact defence.
They tend to line up in a 4-1-4-1 formation but can also line up in a 4-4-2 formation. Turkey tends to maintain a low block and play deep against strong opposition and waits to pounce on an opportunity to quickly conter-attack and exploit space.
Okay Yokuşlu is their main first choice defensive midfielder who is excellent at shielding their backline.
Turke tend to play out from the back when they have possession of the ball and pass the ball around and suddenly make line breaking vertical through balls for their main striker.
Burak Yılmaz is their main striker and who has been a mainstay of the team for years. He is 36 years old but inspite of his age he helped Lille win the Ligue 1 last season by scoring 16 goals in 28 games.
Younger and quickers attackers like Kenan Karaman often support Yilmaz. Karaman usually plays a support striker if Turkey line up in a 4-4-2 or he starts as an attacking forward on the right if Turkey Lines up in a 4-1-4-1.
Arguably the most talented player and attacker in their squad is Hakan Çalhanoğlu. Even though Çalhanoğlu’s natural role is that of an attacking midfielder while playing for Turkey he usually starts as a left sided creative attacker who usually cuts in from the left and effectively forms a lethal attacking trident with Karaman and Yilmaz.
These three attackers are very tricky and their movement and link up play is very unpredictable for most defenders.
Yusuf Yazıcı is another young talented player you should keep an eye out for in Euro 2020. He is only 24 and usually plays as a second striker or attacking midfielder for Lille but plays as an attacking midfielder for Turkey. He often switches positions with Çalhanoğlu which often surprises opposition defenders.
Turkey are also stacked with talented players in defence..
Turkey’s main center back is Çağlar Söyüncü who is often partnered with either Juventus Center back Merih Demiral, Karan Ayahan or Ozan Kabak.
Turkey’s defenders are young and play for the top clubs in Europe.
Zeki Celik is their right back and is usually the more attacking full back while Umut Meras is the preferred left back. Celik is 24 while Meras is 26.
Wales in Euro 2020 Group A
Wales have qualified for the world cup only once more than 60 years ago in the 1958 world cup and they have qualified for the euros only twice, once in 2016 and for Euro 2020.
Wales may not have an illustrious record in top competitions but in spite of this they are not to be underestimated.
They have been growing strong as a national team in recent years.
They finished 3rd after in Euro 2016 which was the first European Championship that they qualified for and they recorded the biggest rise in the history of the FIFA World Rankings, moving from 117th in 2011 to 8th place in 2015.
Wales have 9.60 odds for winning Group A of Euro 2020 and are currently ranked 17th by FIFA.
Wale’s road to Euro 2020 Group A
Wales were in group E for the qualifiers of Euro 2020 and finished runners-up to Croatia trailing them by just 3 points. Wales also conceded the fewest goals in their group, conceding only 6 goals. They scored 10 goals in 8 games.
Wales National Football Team Tactics and Playing Style
Traditionally Wales used to play a fairly direct style of football that focused on a tight defense that would punt long aerial balls to their striker.
Since Rob Page has taken over as caretaker manager from Ryan Giggs, Wales has witnessed a formational and tactical shift in 2021.
Wales has shifted to a formation with 3 center backs although they did try to experiment with a 4-3-3 formation in their recent friendly against France which they lost 3-1.
They tend to line up in 3-4-3 formation with a fluid front three of Harry Wilson who usually acts a false 9, Gareth Bale and Daniel James as wide attacking wingers who drift in to the box.
Bale sometimes prefers to stay wide and make some beautiful crosses into the opposition box especially when Kieffer Moore plays as the striker instead of Harry Wilson because Moore has good aerial ability.
Although Wales are effectively a defensively compact team they have become better at counter attacking. They now have a tendency to pass with purpose and make quick passes to break their opposition’s defence and utilize the mobility and movement of Bale and Daniel James to the maximum.
Wale’s only weakness is the depth of quality in their squad which makes them less likely to beat star studded teams but this is exactly what makes it worth betting on them in the unpredictable world of football where underdogs like Wales can beat bigger teams and go to even lift the trophy just like Denmark did in 1994,Greece in 2004 and Portugal in 2016.
Euro 2020 Group A Fixtures
Match 1: Turkey vs Italy on June 11 2021 at 9PM CEST
Match 2: Wales vs Switzerland June 12 at 3 PM CEST
Match 3:Turkey vs Walesw June 16 at 6PM CEST
Match 4: Italy vs Switzerland June 16 at 9PM CEST
Match 5: Switzerland vs Turkey June 20 at 6 PM CEST
Match 6 Italy vs Wales June 20 at 6PM CEST