Group A action will come to a close on Sunday as Italy and Wales will duel for the top spot, while Turkey and Switzerland will look to salvage their respective campaigns with a convincing victory.
That’s exactly what it’s going to take for Turkey, if they are to advance at this tournament. Heralded as one of the darkhorses entering, the Turks have massively underperformed. They still have yet to score, and after getting thoroughly outplayed by both Italy and Wales, this Turkish side will need to secure an overwhelming victory for an outside chance at advancing. It’s unlikely for them, especially with just three points.
The Swiss meanwhile will enter with a more optimistic outlook. Though it hasn’t been their best start, the fact they drew Wales in their opener likely means that a victory vs. the lowly Turks should see them through. Switzerland will need a big result to see progress with their national side, one that has underachieved for far too long. The Swiss did outplay Wales in their opener, but only managed a draw. And in their follow-up vs. Italy, Switzerland didn’t look like it belonged on the same pitch.
With both sides needing a win and goals, this definitely should be the match to watch in Group A this afternoon. This match will decide third-place quite likely, and a positive and lofty goal-differential could be the key separator between advancing and not. For added insight, team news, and a betting prediction – continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our breakdown between Turkey and Switzerland on Sunday afternoon.
Turkey vs. Switzerland Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-130)
Under 2.5 (+110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Turkey vs. Switzerland Pick:
Despite a dismal showing vs. Italy, the Swiss enter with a full complement of players and should again return to their 3-4-1-2 formation. It was one which looked excellent vs. Wales, but without the same possession vs. Italy, faded quickly vs. the Azzurri.
With goals the emphasis for the Swiss, expect a lot of runs forward from their talented wide players. Ricardo Rodriguez and Kevin Mbabu both possess rapid pace down the flanks, and should be able to stretch the Turkish defense and really make them track back on counters.
Granit Xhaka will play a key role at winning balls and delivering in the centre of the pitch, while the Swiss attack remains quality, and one that has more goals in it than they’ve shown thus far. Breel Embolo is a threat in all facets, while Xherdan Shaqiri can deliver both great service and quality shooting playing just behind the attackers. The Swiss should be able to find holes in this wonky Turkish back-line, and challenge for a needed victory.
For the Turks, it will be intriguing to see how they line up, as well as their morale entering what’s quite likely their final match. It’s been a rough start, and despite all the optimism entering Euro 2020, Turkey haven’t lived up to the billing.
Turkey will likely go again with a 4-5-1 formation, though needing goals and a convincing victory, that should change with numbers pushing up when in possession. Whether or not that changes everything for this stagnant attack remains to be seen. The Swiss do have holes in their defense, though too often Burak Yilmaz has been isolated all alone up top. He’ll need support if the Turks want to finally grab a goal here.
While neither squad is necessarily known for a lethal attacking prowess, that’s exactly what this match is going to have to bring about. The Turks have quality in their side, but with advancing being so unlikely, who knows about their mindset entering this final clash. A Swiss bet seems to be the way to go, but the better value could be on the Over 2.5 goals in a match where both teams will push for offense in what promises to be a wide-open encounter. This should be an exciting one, enjoy the Group A conclusion!