Group A at Euro 2020 comprises Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Wales. The four teams are fairly evenly matched and are lined up in a group that is likely to witness a close competition until the final matchday. Each team possesses a realistic chance to go through to the knockouts in Euro 2020.
While Italy go into the Group with the tag of firm favorites, it would not be an easy ride for the Azzurri. They will need to keep up the challenges faced by an unpredictable, exciting and unpredictable Turkish national team, an experienced Swiss side and dark horses Wales.
Sportskeeda takes a brief look at the four participating nations in Group A and predicts how the regular league stage could end up in the group in Euro 2020.
Wales will take to the tournament with the hopes of repeating the Euro 2016 fairytale yet again. The Dragons went all the way to the semi-finals only to exit with a 2-0 loss to Portugal. Robert Page’s side, in the absence of head coach Ryan Giggs, just do not have enough depth and impetus on paper to challenge for the top two spots in the group.
They have had a formational change from a conventional back-four to a five-man setup at the back since the turn of the new year. Wales boast a series of young Premier League talents like Daniel James (Manchester United), Joe Rodon (Tottenham Hotspur) and Neco Williams (Liverpool). These players have started to get regular starts for the national team and have settled down.
Switzerland have played with a standard 3-4-3 formation in the Euro 2020 qualifiers and are expected to continue the same under Vladimir Petkovic. They have used two pivots in midfield as blocks and have effectively utilized the wing-backs to get crosses in the danger area. Haris Seferavoic and Mario Gavranovic are the two targetmen they will bank on to score the goals.
Predicting Turkey to finish second in Group A in Euro 2020 might be a wild call given the presence of Wales and Switzerland in the group. The Crescent-Stars are an exciting bunch of young and experienced superstars.Turkey likes to play in a compact and counter-attacking style in a 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 formation depending on the opponent. They pressed hard against weaker sides but allowed stronger opposition to play their game inside their own half to draw the defensive midfielders out in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The Gli Azurri have a point to prove after missing out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup and only making it to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. The 1968 Euro winners have been on an upward resurgence since the dynamic Roberto Mancini took charge.