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Match Day 3 (part one)

Match Day 3 (part one)

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Only the two matches will take place tonight at Euro 2020 as matchday three begins and navigation through the group stage remains the goal for those who still need a result to do so.

Wales have everything they need to play in Rome when they face the impressive Italy side, knowing that even a loss could still see them move into the knockout stage. This scenario could play out if Switzerland and Turkey play a draw, or if the Turks pull off the victory that would put them in third place in the group.

Good luck with your advice on what promises to be an exciting night of tense and passionate football. Be sure to enter these tips in the sheet below to have your say in the voice of the crowd. Here’s how the panel sees all the action unfold.

Mike Tuckerman
Italy, Switzerland

If they hope they haven’t peaked too soon, the Azzurri are already among the teams to beat. They crushed Switzerland 3-0 last time around and can afford to approach this game in a fairly relaxed state of mind. However, they will want to continue their winning streak, and the good news for coach Roberto Mancini is the number of his squad who have stepped up so far.

It was Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli who made the difference against the Swiss, but if Ciro Immobile gets back on the attack he could be the man who wreaks havoc at the Olimpico.

It’s not quite the tournament the Swiss were hoping for and after their latest humiliation in Rome, they will be delighted to move on to Baku for this unmissable clash with Turkey. Both teams need to win to have any hope of qualifying, but the problem for Turkey is that they look even more one-dimensional than Switzerland.

This match should be a pretty open and frantic affair that could be decided in advance. I think Breel Embolo is the most likely striker to prove the difference than veteran Turkish leader Burak Yilmaz. It should be tight, but the Swiss win.

Stuart thomas
Italy, Switzerland

Would Italy dare to take something other than their A team in this clash with Wales? Finishing at the top could be vital in the long run and if they were to mess around with their team, thinking they were resting rather than winning, the Welsh could suddenly end up ahead of them. This Italian side looks like the real deal, however, and a Welsh victory looks unlikely with so much at stake.

(Photo by Matteo Ciambelli / DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Switzerland and Turkey are both part of the Euro 2020 numbers. Neither has the class or the polish to mount a serious challenge. However, with Switzerland clinging to slim hopes of qualifying, their motivation advantage may be the subtle difference between the two teams. It stinks of a draw but I will support the Swiss to make things really interesting.

Texi Smith
Italy, Switzerland

Wales’ result against Turkey was huge. This will likely be enough for the Cymros to come in at least in third place, depending on how porous their defense against an impressive Italian side is. Both teams are undefeated, but it would take a fortune teller to predict anything other than a home win in this one. Wales went all out in the first half and threw caution to the wind, but scored a goal behind thanks to a labyrinthine run and finish from Domenico Berardi.

Wales to equalize on time, Joe Allen curled in a rare break effort, before Ciro Immobile completed a fabulous team goal with ten minutes left to seal the victory. Italy and Wales both pass.

The Swiss have fought hard against the Italians without reward and they hope to have some chances of result against this underperforming Turkish side. All the hard work that led Turkey to Euro in style was undone and they were caught by the single ball over which Wales repeated until it paid dividends. Barring an absolute miracle, Turkey will be eliminated so they’ll go all-out in this one, while Switzerland will have to be patient and hold out on an attack to score at the break.

And they will, with Xherdan Shaqiri feeding the impressive Breel Embolo to get around the keeper and finish at a sharp angle for the game’s only goal. Brutal play by Turkey will rack up a high number of cards, ultimately leading to a red that puts Turkey out of its misery and doom it to a scoreless, scoreless tournament. Shock!

Switzerland at the World Cup.

(Photo by Andrey Bogunov / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

Pablo Bateson
Italy, Switzerland

Italy were overworked in their opening two matches, playing their best football in a major tournament for a very long time. They now only need one point against a well-organized and close-knit Welsh side (also qualified for the round of 16) to finish the group in first place.

Will the Azzurri let go of the accelerator a little and rest some key players for the next step?

Wales could settle for second place or else charge for upsetting the most anticipated end result on the ladder. They look impressive on offense and yet they can’t afford to miss other clear chances on goal, oh Gareth!

The Swiss did not back down from their promising performance in the group opener and obediently succumbed to a galloping Italy. However, they will be much more comfortable with Turkey who disappointed in their first two games. I expect Shaqiri and Embolo to help launch Switzerland for victory and progress to the round of 16.

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