Switzerland will take a trip to Baku on Sunday, June 20, to meet with Turkey in their final EURO 2020 group match. The Swiss and Turkey are all but guaranteed to get eliminated from the tournament. However, there’s still pride at stake, or at least what was left from it after two rounds of play.
Switzerland vs Turkey
When: Sunday, June 20 – 20:00 AST
Where: Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan
Weather: Sunny 28°C
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SLO)
It’s going to be a hot evening in Baku, with the temperature at the kick-off expected to be around 28°C. It’s not going to be easy to play at such heat, but the good news is that it’s going to cool off in the second half.
The players, however, probably aren’t going to let the hot weather affect them much. After all, there’s too much at stake to think about the weather.
The Swiss have only one point after two rounds and are in third place in Group A. However, they’re currently the worst-ranked third-place team on the tournament, meaning that they’re not going to advance to the knockout phase if things don’t change.
It’s even worse when Turkey is concerned. This team has all losses so far, with a score difference of 0-5. It’s needless to say that they need a win tonight.
The Swiss Have Been (Surprisingly) Underperforming
Switzerland entered EURO 2020 on a six-game winning streak. In those six wins, they scored a total of 19 goals while conceding only four.
But things took a sudden turn for the worse at EURO. In their first game of the tournament, the Swiss drew with Wales 1-1, even though they were the better side for most of the match. Then, in the second game, they got battered by Italy 0-3.
It could’ve been even worse for the Swiss, as a goal scored by Giorgio Chiellini in the first few minutes of the game was ruled out for handball.
What’s most tragic about how the Swiss played in that match is that they had only one shot directed at Italy’s goal.
Nevertheless, the fact is that they have plenty of talent in the squad. The Red Crosses look strong in all areas of the game, although against Turkey, they will be without their first-choice goalie.
The story goes that Yann Sommer has flown back to Switzerland to attend the birth of a son. In his absence, PSV’s Yvon Mvogo will likely be the one between the posts.
Turkey Need to Start Scoring Again
Many thought of Turkey as one of the dark horses to win EURO 2020, however, they have been nothing but disappointing so far. First, they lost to Italy 3-0, failing to produce a single shot on goal. Then, when everyone thought they were going to bounce back with a win against Wales, they did it again.
The Turks lost 2-0, but at least, in that game, we saw them rushing toward the opposition goal. They had more goal attempts than the Welsh, but none of them went in. That’s somewhat surprising, knowing that Turkey have a lot of talent up in the front.
Burak Yilmaz is the man the Turks are putting their hopes in. He was sensational for Lille in Ligue 1, helping the team get ahold of the title with 16 league goals in 28 matches.
He was also brilliant for Turkey in the build-up to the tournament. In fact, Yilmaz scored five goals in just as many games he had played for his national team from March to the start of the Euros.
Switzerland vs Turkey Betting Picks
Sure, neither team should be lacking motivation, but it seems that the Turks are going to be more fired-up for this game. They can’t afford to head back home empty-handed, not after the high expectations that were put on their shoulders ahead of the tournament.
Another thing going in their favour is that the Swiss might feel jet-legged. Unlike Turkey, who played their previous game in Baku, the Swiss had to travel from Baku to Rome, then back to Baku again.
Turkey should be getting at least a point tonight as they have a fairly decent team, even though that wasn’t as obvious thus far. The Swiss aren’t much better than them if all!
Pick: Turkey +0.50 Asian Handicap – 2.43 at Unibet
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