On June 11, another edition of the UEFA Euro will begin. The tournament, which was to take place in 2020, was postponed to this year due to the consequences caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. To get you in the mood for the competition, Betarena will prepare a special article that each week will reveal the main details of each Euro team. In this first article, we will talk about the members of Group A.
The group includes Italy, one of the main favorites for the title, with Turkey, Switzerland, and Wales, and will have matches in Rome, on Italian territory, and in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Azzurri are trying to regain a trophy that has not come since 1968. Meanwhile, the Turks and Swiss should have an intense fight for second place in the round of 16, or perhaps the best third-placed team. The underdog in the group, the Welsh are counting on Gareth Bale to spring another surprise.
Italy tries to regain the continent after 53 years
Champions of the third edition of the European Championship, in the distant year of 1968, Italy arrives at the tournament in 2021 with an eye on winning it twice. Roberto Mancini’s men had a perfect qualifying campaign, with 10 wins in 10 games, and they arrive motivated for the competition. The first match will be against Turkey, in what will also be the opening game of the championship, on June 11.
The team is the seventh favorite to win the continental trophy, according to Bet365. The odds for a possible title for the Italians are at 12.00. To achieve this feat, the team relies mainly on the goals of Lazio’s Ciro Immobile. The striker did not have such a striking performance in qualifying, but is in a great moment and appears among the 10 most quoted to get the top scorer of the tournament.
Turkey tries to repeat its best-ever campaign
Rival of Italy in the opening game of the Euro, Turkey comes to the competition trying to surprise the Old Continent, as it did in 2008. In the tournament, which at the time was played in Austria and Switzerland, the Turks reached the semifinals and narrowly avoided eliminating powerful Germany. Second, in a group that included the reigning world champion France in the qualifiers, the team also arrives for the Euro.
The main dispute of the team led by Senol Gunes is for the second place in the group for the round of 16. The Turks currently have odds equal to Switzerland to advance to the knockout stage, according to Bet365. The odds are 1.57. Led by Burak Yilmaz, Turkey tries to surprise, as it did in the recent opening game of the World Cup Qualifiers, for example, when it beat the Netherlands, 4-2.
Switzerland promises to fight hard with Turkey
After finishing undefeated in the last edition of the European Championship, however, being eliminated in the round of 16, Switzerland is trying to have better luck this time. Vladimir Petkovic’s men had a great qualifying campaign and won Group D, beating Denmark and the Republic of Ireland. Now the Swiss promise to fight Turkey for a place in the Euro knockout stage.
As already mentioned, like the Turks, Switzerland has odds at 1.57 to advance to the last 16 of the competition, according to Bet365. Putting their hopes on Xherdan Shaqiri and Breel Embolo’s goals, Swiss fans expect the team to achieve the best performance in the country’s history in the tournament. To do so they will need to reach the quarter-finals, which would already be an unprecedented feat.
Wales, Group A underdogs, look to spring a surprise
Semi-finalists at last year’s UEFA European Championship, Wales is counting on Gareth Bale to make it further than expected once again. However, the mission should be a little more complicated now. After five years, the Welsh arrive as complete underdogs in the group and know that they need to perform even better than in 2016.
The big chance for Ryan Giggs’ team should be by qualifying among the best third-placed teams. Bet365 odds indicate this. The odds for a Welsh place in the round of 16 stands at 1.83, while a more than unlikely Wales title, pays 151 times the bet amount. However, Gareth Bale and company promise to give all rivals a hard time and will dream of another historic campaign, right to the end.