class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With both teams looking strong at the back, Al Hain-Cole expects a tight, evenly-matched opening clash between the Dragons and Petkovic's men
Wales and Switzerland will be aiming to get their Euro 2020 campaigns off to a winning start when they meet in Baku on Saturday.
The Dragons have fond recent memories of this tournament, having enjoyed a heroic run to the semi-finals in France at Euro 2016.
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Having subsequently missed out on qualification for the last World Cup, they are available at 14/5 (3.80) with bet365 to make a triumphant return to the big stage with a win in Azerbaijan.
Vladimir Petkovic’s team comes into this tournament on the back of seven consecutive wins and is priced at 11/10 (2.10) to keep that streak going with another victory.
None of the five previous encounters between this duo have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on them cancelling each other out in this one.
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Daniel James and Harry Wilson are likely to line up alongside star man Gareth Bale in a fluid attack, while Joe Allen will be hoping to start in midfield after being ruled out of the competition last summer due to injury before it was delayed by a year.
Admir Mehmedi, Breel Embolo and Mario Gavranovic will compete for a place alongside Haris Seferovic up front, with Xherdan Shaqiri pulling the strings from attacking midfield.
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Whoever lines up in attack for either side is likely to face a difficult job in breaking down stubborn opposition backlines.
Indeed, the Nati qualified for this tournament having conceded just six times in eight group games and have only let in four in their last six in all competitions.
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This looks ominous for Rob Page’s men, who have hit the net only 10 times in 13 fixtures and failed to get on target in either of their two warm-up friendlies.
Nevertheless, they can at least rely upon a backline that has conceded 16 times in 21 matches – with nine of those goals arriving in three difficult games against England, Belgium and France.
Wales vs Switzerland Tips and Predictions
With the teams fairly evenly matched and both strong defensively, odds of 8/11 (1.73) look fair enough on either Wales or Switzerland failing to score in a tense game featuring under 2.5 goals.
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