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There is far less optimism surrounding the Wales camp now than there was five years ago when they took the Euros by storm and made a surprise run to the semi-finals.
It’s difficult to see them navigating a tricky group with a less inspiring squad than five years ago and an inexperienced manager at the helm due to circumstances outside the control of the Wales FA.
Robert Page did well to guide Wales to a crucial World Cup qualifier win against the Czech Republic in March, but there is a general consensus that he is out of his depth and not the man to take through a daunting group.
Italy, Turkey and Switzerland all represent formidable opposition with reasonable hope of at least making the last eight this summer and Wales will do well to take points off any of them.
They come into Saturday’s game against the Swiss off the back of two disappointing pre-tournament friendlies against France and Albania, stumbling to an uninspiring scoreless draw against the latter.
Switzerland, on the other hand, recorded back-to-back wins in their warm-up games, first coming from behind to see off the United States before trouncing Liechtenstein 7-0 in what was little more than a training match.
Saturday 14:00: Wales v Switzerland
The Swiss will never light up a tournament with flair – which is possibly why they are frequently overlooked at major tournaments – but they boast plenty of quality and experience and have the knowhow to progress to the knockout stages.
They possess tournament pedigree and are incredibly difficult to beat, advancing to the last-16 of Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup without losing a game in the group stages.
It just feels like they might overpower Page’s Wales on Saturday.
Elsewhere, the generally unfancied Finland might be worth a punt @ 8/1 in their major tournament debut against Nordic rivals Denmark.
The Finns have not performed to a high standard in 2021 but proved in their 2020 Nations League campaign that they are more than capable of mixing it with the likes of Denmark.
They will be desperate to mark their tournament debut with a win and will hope to prove their doubters wrong.
However, Denmark have looked ominously strong in recent months, making this very much an outside bet.
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