Four years on from their greatest achievement at a major tournament, Wales are back in the running at a European Championship and will open their Euro 2020 against Switzerland on Saturday. The Group A duo have been tipped to duke it out for third place in the pool as Italy and Turkey look like favorites, but this four-way fight looks particularly close on paper.
What TV Channel is Wales-Switzerland on?
A decade on from their last international meeting, Wales and Switzerland go to war in the hopes of claiming an early lead in Group A, airing via ESPN from 9 a.m. ET. You can live stream Euro 2020 matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Wales vs. Switzerland
When: Saturday, June 12
Where: Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
Time: 9 a.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
After waiting more than half a century to qualify for a European Championship, Wales made a fairytale run to the semi-finals at Euro 2016, taking the continent by storm before losing to eventual winners Portugal. No preview of Wales’ continental prospects would be complete without a look at Hal Robson-Kanu’s Cruyff turn and finish in that 3-1 quarter-final upset of Belgium:
Robson-Kanu failed to make the cut for caretaker coach Rob Page this time around, although Wales still have star talent the Swiss would be wise to revere. Captain Gareth Bale could be heading for his last international competition amid rumors he’s considering retirement, while Aaron Ramsey, Daniel James and Joe Allen can provide some much-needed panache.
Midfielder Jonny Williams is hoping to mimic Robson-Kanu’s success as a player entering the Euros as a free agent, and he told BBC Sport the squad is confident ahead of their opening game:
“It’s massive. Switzerland are a team we think we can beat and we can look at all three games thinking we can win all of them,” he said.
“We’ve got a tough group with three tough teams but, like five years ago, it’s so important to start well and that sets you up.
“Five years ago, you could see what it meant to people that we were just there and to win was special. We can’t wait to get started.”
Switzerland boast a slightly higher class of personnel in regards to club representation, with close to half of their squad being based in the Bundesliga. Vladimir Petkovic is eyeing another run to the knockout stages after guiding the country to round-of-16 finishes at both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, winning six in a row ahead of the tournament:
The Red Crosses have won five of their seven encounters with Wales until now, although the latter did emerge 2-0 victors when these teams last faced off in October 2011. The Dragons will struggle to match the standards they set in their Euro debut five years ago, but victory over Switzerland at the Olympic Stadium, Baku would lift hopes they can at least survive the group. With more difficult tests to come against Italy and Turkey, both teams will view three points on Saturday as an absolute must if they’re to have a hope of advancing.